Dehradun FAQs

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Area geography

Nestled at the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, Dehradun is located right in the heart of the Doon Valley, forming part of the Garhwal Himalayas. With the Ganga to its east and Yamuna to its west, Dehradun is located at a distance of 235 kilometers from Delhi.

Notes currencies cards

There are numerous banks located along Rajpur Road which exchange travellers cheques and foreign currency. Apart from that, there are many ATM’s in Dehradun where you can use a foreign credit card.

Cellular service for tourists

To avoid high roaming charges, tourists visiting from abroad can easily purchase a local pre-paid SIM card from the many mobile top-up shops in Dehradun.

Wifi internet

Internet is available in most hotels in Dehradun. Apart from that, there are many internet café’s around the city, where you can access the internet at a reasonable price.

Drinking laws

25 is the minimum age for consumption of Alcohol in Dehradun.


It is a standard practice to tip in India. Tipping waiters at a restaurant and cab drivers during a sightseeing trip is common.


Dehradun is a safe place and the locals are polite and happy to help. It is advised to take care of your personal belongings at all times. Try not to visit lonely and secluded places alone and after dark.

General information

Languages spoken

Garhwali, Kumaoni and Hindi (though most people speak and understand English as well)

Time zones


Major religions

Hinduism is practiced by the majority in Dehradun and is followed by 60% of the population. Other major religions in Dehradun are Sikhism, Islam and Jainism.

Domestic international calling codes


Electricity standards

The standard voltage in India is 220 Volts and the power plug in is usually a two or three pin plug.

Common greetings

Hello: Namaste

Good Morning: Namaste

Good Evening: Namaste

Goodbye: Namaste

Thank you: Dhanyavaad/ Shukriya

Sorry: Maaf kijiye

Do you speak English? Kya aap angrezi bolte hain?

I do not understand: Mujhe samajh nahi aaya

No: Nahi

Yes: Haan

I don’t know: Mujhe nahi pata

How are you? Aap kaise hain?

What is your name? Aapka naam kya hai?

My name is: Mera naam hai…

Where is the washroom? Shauchalaya kahan hai?

Is this vegetarian? (point to a dish in a menu card): Kya yeh shakahari hai?

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map): Ye kahan pe hai?

How much does this cost? Yeh kitne ka hai?

Too expensive! Bahut mehenga hai!

A little cheaper: Thora sasta kariye


Emergency numbers

Police Control Room (Pauri Garhwal): 0135 222218 (alternately dial 100)

  • Fire Control Room: 0135 2650101 (alternatively dial 101)
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Uttarakhand Tourism 24 hours Helpline: 9312318417