Among the many four and three-wheeled transportation options in India’s cities the Ambassador car is the flagship choice for style and an Indian icon. Manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India the cars were first rolled out in the late 1950s. While the design has evolved over the years the automobiles still keep their elegant vintage look.
Affectionately referred to locally as Amby’s the cars are used in a number of contexts. They are driven by Government officials (or their drivers) throughout India. Pictured above are Amby’s parked outside the Secretariat North Block, offices for government ministers in New Delhi. They also serve as taxis and can be hired with a driver to tour India. In Delhi Ambassador taxis are painted yellow on top and black on the bottom.
Hiring an Ambassador car for the day or longer is a comfortable and easy way to take in the sites of India’s cities. In Delhi charges are typically based on an eight-hour day or 80 kilometers within the city limits, whichever comes first. This will set you back approximately $23 with air conditioning and $21 without not including a tip for the driver.