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Most people come to Dehra Dun from Delhi.

By Train

The most comfortable, fast, and safe way to reach Dehra Dun from Delhi is by train.

There are two fairly comfortable night trains from New Delhi. The 4010 Mussorie Express starts at 21.05 from Sarai Rohilla Railway Station of Delhi but is best boarded from Old Delhi Railway Station, where it arrives at 21.25 and stays for about half an hour. The Sarai Rohilla Station is a small peripheral station of Delhi, difficult to reach and best avoided. It is the most popular train and gets booked up fairly early. The other train is 2205 Dehra Dun Nizamuddin A/c Express. This is an entirely aircon sleeper train, starting from Nizamuddin Railway Station at 23.55hrs. If Mussorie Express is full, try this. Tickets are easily available.

If you prefer a day train, there is 2017 Dehra Dun Shatabdi Express, which has comfortable aircon chair cars. Starts at 06.50hrs from New Delhi Railway Station and reaches Dehra Dun at 12.40hrs. You get Breakfast and Snacks in the train, price of which is included in the ticket itself. Luggage is kept on overhead shelves, which tend to fill up fast, so if you are carrying a lot of baggage, it is best to reach the Station early. Trains pull into the platforms about half hour before departure time.

A slower train called 2055 Dehra Dun Janshatabdi starts at 15.25hrs from New Delhi Railway Station and is scheduled to reach Dehra Dun at 21.10 hours but is more often than not, late by about an hour, sometimes a little less and sometimes a lot later. If you are a foreigner reaching Dehra Dun by this train, try to ask your hotel to send you a pickup taxi, rather than trying to do it yourself because it will reach Dehra Dun quite late in the night and finding a taxi by yourself while being mobbed by touts can be quite taxing.

After getting down from the train, follow the crowd to get out of the station. There is only one exit. Outside the main gate, you will find lots of autorikshaws parked, and their drivers trying to get passengers into them. The ones parked right in front of the station usually charge you more. So, if you can carry your bags easily, walk to your left along the road for about 100 meters. Just outside the Station is the Mussorie Bus and taxi stand, so if you need to go to Mussorie this is where you go. Beyond the Mussorie stand, you will get onto the main Saharanpur Road, where you will find reasonably priced Auto rikshaws and "Vikrams" ( a shared rikshaw) driving by.

Usual charges for a taxi from Dehra Dun railway station to a hotel within the city is around INR 200/-. If you have not more than 3 pieces of luggage, a cheaper option would be an autorikshaw, which should charge you around INR 70/-.

By Road

If you would rather take to the road, well, the drive is about 7hrs from central Delhi in a private taxi and 8hrs in a public bus. Private taxis cost INR 2500/- and are available from the taxi stand at Ajmeri Gate. Shared taxis are also available but are not recommended.

Cheap Government run buses, aircon and non-aircon are available from the Inter State Bus Terminal (commonly referred to as ISBT) Ajmeri Gate bus stand. Run almost hourly. There is no need or way to prebook them. They are safe and comfortable. Private buses are also available, but are unreliable and usually take a detour via Haridwar and Rishikesh, which makes a 7 hr journey into 9 hr one.

By Air

Air Deccan runs two one hour flights daily from New Delhi Domestic Airport to Jolly Grant Airport, at 0920hrs and 1600hrs. Ticket is around INR 5000/-. Jolly Grant Airport is about an hours drive from Dehra Dun City and an Airlines bus takes you to the city.

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