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Getting There & Away

By Air -- Dehra Dun's Jolly Grant Airport is a 55-minute flight from Delhi; the most reliable airline flying into Jolly Grant is Kingfisher Airlines (tel. 1800-309-3030; www.flykingfisher.com). From there, catch a taxi to either Mussoorie or Rishikesh, or have your hotel pick you up; transfer rates are included in reviews where possible.

By Train -- Mussoorie: Dehra Dun is the terminus of the Northern Railway, and is the jumping-off point for Mussoorie. For Rishikesh, Haridwar is the more convenient terminal, 30 minutes away by taxi; Haridwar itself is now worth staying in for a possible night or two -- see box below.

There are several good connections between Delhi, the capital, and both Dehra Dun and Haridwar, including the Dehra Dun Shatabdi and the Dehra Dun Janshatabdi (Mon-Sat), which both stop at Haridwar. An overnight alternative is the Mussoorie Express.

By Road -- The drive from Delhi to Rishikesh (250km/155 miles) takes between 5 and 6 hours. Regular buses leave Delhi for Haridwar/Rishikesh. If you're at Corbett, the drive to Rishikesh takes around 4 hours. Mussoorie is 280km (173 miles) from Delhi, including a final 33km (20 miles) from Dehra Dun, along a steeply ascending series of troublesome hairpin bends; plenty of luxury buses ply the route (best bus option is Volvo; expect to pay around Rs 450).

Visitor Information

In Mussoorie, the Tourist Bureau (tel. 0135/263-2682; Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, closed second Sat of the month) is located near the ropeway, on the Mall. Dehra Dun's GMVN office is at 74/1 Rajpur Rd. (tel. 0135/274-8478, -6817, or -9308). In Rishikesh, visit the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) Tourist Information Centre (Railway Station, Haridwar; tel. 01334/224-240 or 01334/228-686; www.gmvnl.com); you can contact the same office for rafting (Nov-May) and other adventure inquiries.

Getting Around

Hire a car and driver for the duration of your visit, unless you plan on trekking. Note that in Mussoorie, the taxi union frowns upon outside taxis.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.