The Etios and I are like competitive cousins. There are few real differences between us except for body style, and Namaste India Tours uses us interchangeably. (Have you heard the rumors about my cousin?) I am a comfortable car, but not as big as these pictures make me look! Just being honest. Perfect for up to three people. I did pass European full frontal and offset frontal crash tests as well as endurance safety tests. And yes, of course I have modern seatbelts, as do all cars used by Namaste India Tours.
Seriously, Dzire? No travel agency can use only the current year model car. As you well know, we are all well-cared for...like children even. Because no company can afford to have cars on the road that do not perform well. I mean, if your livelyhood depends on transporting people, you cars are going to be in tip-top condition. So, yes, it's true they are going to discontinue production on me, but I'm still just as good as you are, and you know it. I burn diesel just like you do.
I'm the Innova--a state-of-the-art workhorse with the look and feel of a luxury car, well...almost. Technically I am an MPV, but I look like an SUV. I possess safety features that entire nations take for granted all around the world, like airbags and 3 point seat belts at every seat. Most parties of four select me. I can hold 6 passengers quite comfortably for local Delhi sightseeing, but if you are traveling with luggage then 5 people is really the max, assuming you really really like each other.
So, what to do if you have a party of six? Then you will want me, the Tempo Traveler. If you have issues with personal space, you might even pick me if there are only 5 of you! The maximum number of guests that I will accommodate is 10. Don't be surprised that on some journeys, I come with two staff: the driver and a helper/cleaner. Though I am the most expensive vehicle in the fleet, if I am carrying at least six passengers, then I turn out to be just as cheap per person as those silly little cousins, Etios and Dzire.
Sad news: we discontinued these in 2014. We were one of the very last companies in the market to keep these iconic classic cars in service, because they were sooooo popular with tourists. Many people asked specifically for the clunky but dependable...and somehow romantic...Ambassador. But they just aren't used as commercial cars any longer, so we let our last permits for them expire. Somehow we can't bring ourselves to remove this from our website. Check out ROARR Rallies India Classic 2013--we provided the Ambassador.
I'm the auto-rickshaw, the tuk-tuk, the three-wheeler. You won't be traveling in me. Not as part of your package tour anyway. Cute, right? And such a smooth ride (NOT). If you really, really want to ride in one, you'll have plenty of opportunities. Just be sure you bring your denture glue. And your bargaining skills.
Our business, like many others around the world, was decimated by the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. We look forward to the day when we can all travel freely again. Due to the pandemic, our last service was in early 2020. Please take that into consideration when looking for recent reviews.
Your country's embassy in India might be a good source of information and advice in the coming months. Here is a link for a comprehensive list of diplomatic missions in India.