In the early 19th century, the most prevalent mode of long distance transport for the affluent was by palanquin.
Then the post office could arrange, with a few days notice, relays of bearers to convey a traveller's palanquin between stations.The distance between these in the government's 'dak' (Hindi: 'mail') system averaged about 10 miles (16 km), and could be covered in three hours. A relay's usual complement consisted of two torch-bearers, two luggage-porters, and eight palanquin-bearers who worked in gangs of four, although all eight might pitch in at steep sections.
Until the mid-19th century, "most people in Calcutta kept a plankin and a set of bearers",but they fell out of favor for long journeys as steamers, railways, and roads suitable for wheeled transport were developed.
By the beginning of the 20th century they were nearly "obsolete among the better class of Europeans". Rickshaws, introduced in the 1930s, supplanted them for trips around town.
Modern use of the palanquin is limited to ceremonial occasions, including traditional weddings and to carry religious images in Hindu processions.
While @the_spice_circuit culinary tours to South of India and Sri Lanka, you will get to be on a boat, a rickshaw, a tuk tuk, a train and also get to see the Royal Palanquins up close.
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Now off to Delhi!! India here we come.
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