Tangas are a popular mode of transportation because they are fun to ride in, and are usually cheaper to hire than a taxi or rickshaw. However, in many cities, tangas are not allowed to use highways because of their slow pace. In Pakistan, tangas are mainly found in the older parts of cities and towns, and are becoming less popular for utilitarian travel and more popular for pleasure. Tangas have become a traditional feature of weddings and other social functions in Pakistan, as well as in other nations. They are usually pulled by two horses, though some require only one. Others are designed for farm work. The room under the seats is sometimes used by the coachman (locally called "coach-waan") to keep his horse's food and sometimes to keep luggage, if required.
Tangas are used for economic activity, mainly to carry heavy goods within the city limits.
Tangas were the most common means of transport in urban India and Pakistan until the early 1980s. Although autorickshaws have overtaken them in popularity, tangas are still common today in many cities and villages.
Murree, a British India hill sanitarium and administrative centre on the highway from Rawalpindi into the Himalayas, had a population of 1,844, which rose in the summer to over 10,000, since in the hot season it was the headquarters of the Lieutenant General of the Northern Command, of the Commissioner of the Rawalpindi Division and of the Deputy-Commissioner of Rawalpindi. All this was possible because Murree was connected with Rawalpindi town by a service of tongas.
- kamat's Potpourri: Carts of India - Horse Pulled Carriage (Tonga)
- Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908 vol 18 p 42 (out of copyright)
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