Fly To Dehradun, India
As the closest airport city to the towns of Rishikesh and Mussoorie, Dehradun is often overlooked as merely a gateway to the towns along the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains. Yet the capital of Uttarakhand Province is a picturesque and energetic city with a few prominent sights to explore.
Dehradun boasts a surprisingly impressive range of scholarly institutions, established here by the British. These topnotch schools and museums still retain their original, striking architecture and are well worth a visit.
Although the city is constantly abuzz with activity, Dehradun also has a very peaceful side to it, with many serene temples and natural attractions along the outskirts. The city’s mild climate makes it a great place to experience both the busy and the peaceful side to an Indian capital city.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and Dehradun. However, you can use Travelstart to easily find, compare prices and book flights on all airlines such as South African (flights via Mumbai), Ethiopian (flights via Addis Ababa), Emirates (flights via Dubai) and more. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search tool to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap Dehradun flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do require a visa to visit India. The process usually takes five working days, but as each application is reviewed individually, it may take longer so leave enough time for your visa application. Passport of all applicants should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of departure from India.
- The South African Embassy in India can be found in Delhi at B -18, Vasant Vihar, Delhi, DL 110057. Phone: +91 11 2614 9411.
See and do
The Forest Research Institute might well be the most prominent feature of Dehradun. A traditional place of learning, the institute’s architecture is unlike anything else in the province and ambling along the manicured lawns, long walkways and museums will easily take up an entire morning.
The Tibetan Buddhist Temple boasts eye-catching architecture of a much different character. A large smiling Buddha statue sits in the garden and you’ll see beautiful paintings depicting Buddhist mythology on the temple walls. Stop off at the traditional Tibetan restaurant before setting off.
Experience the city’s energy at Paltan Bazaar, a bustling place in the center of town where locals sell anything form artifacts and spices to traditional woolen garments worn in the mountains.
Robber’s Cave creates a beautiful walk in an untouched spot of nature outside town and so does a walk to the magnificent Tiger Falls, a bit further out. Both these places will bring you in touch with Dehradun’s natural beauty.
Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport Airport – DED
You’ll find this domestic airport 30km southeast of the city. It’s small, with only one terminal, and has only the most basic facilities, but everything you need for a smooth departure and arrival.
Food and beverage: Seeing as this is a small airport, you won’t have a world of choice when it comes to food, but there is a snack bar and bakery that serve light meals, coffee and cool drinks.
Currency Exchange: You might not be able to find a currency exchange desk at Jolly Grant Airport, but you’ll definitely find one in town. Be mindful to bring Rupees along with you.
Lost Luggage: You’ll be able to locate your lost luggage in the arrivals terminal where the baggage reclaim area is.
Car Hire: It is not advisable to rent a car in Dehradun. Rather make use of the shuttle services that will take you to town.
Airport Hub: Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is a hub for Air India, Air Mantra, Jet Airways and Spicejet.