What Were Some Transportation Methods Used in Ancient India?

Examples of transportation methods used in ancient India include walking, horse chariots, bullock carts and palanquins. Bullock carts were the most common forms of land transportation while palanquins were mainly used by the rich.

Bullock carts consisted of a wooden cart attached to a pair of animals by a central yoke. As of 2014, bullock carts are still used in the northern regions of India. More elite members of society sometimes used horse chariots instead. Palanquins were also called palkis and were originally used to carry idols of gods to temples. Palkis were used by the noblemen and the rich. They consisted of a covered, boxlike structure with poles. Several men would carry a palki by resting the poles on their shoulders.