Travel Tips for International and National Travellers



For sightseeing and excursions, contact Himachal Tourism/ HPTDC Marketing Offices. The HPTDC has its own fleet of coaches.


Some buildings and monuments require permission for photography and filming. Contact the nearest Tourism office or the concerned District Administration for guidance and assistance.


Credit cards are accepted at most shops, restaurants and hotel in the main towns. Their use is minimal outside them and all payments are in cash.


The online reservation of HPTDC hotels is also available on its website wherein rooms can be reserved and payment can be made using credit/ debit card.


Normal banking hours are 10 am to 2 pm from Monday to Fridays, and 10 am to noon on Saturdays. Some banks also have evening counters but these rarely deal in foreign currency. Bank remain closed on Sundays and Gazetted Holidays.


If a document is lost immediately contact the nearest Tourism Office or Police Station.


STD/ISD/FAX facilities are available at small booths throughout the state.


For medical assistance contact Government hospitals and dispensaries or accredited nursing homes/ clinics/ hospitals.


For guide maps and information contact Himachal Tourism offices.


It is advisable to cover yourself with travel insurance for thefts, loss and medi-claim.


Unleaded petrol is available at selected stations only.


While on adventure trips, keep yourself with proper clothing, shoes, stick, food, water, some instrument to lit fire (match box/ lighter etc.)


Before undertaking the adventure activities such as trekking, rafting, paragliding, local authorities such as SDM, Police, Tourist Offices etc. should be informed in advance and permission may be taken in advance wherever require.


Tourists intended to take adventure activities are advised to hire the services of the travel agents and guides approved by the Department of Tourism, HP Govt. only.


There is excellent coverage of communication network in Himachal. Please keep important numbers of Tourist Information Offices/ Police Station with you. Important numbers are :-
a. Police Station - 100
b. Ambulance - 102
c. Tourist Information Office (Shimla) - 0177-2658302, 2652561

Now book buses online

HPTDC Luxury buses can now be booked online by paying through credit/debit cards. The fleet of Luxury buses include Volvo A/c coaches, A/c and Non-A/c coaches. These buses are available for New Delhi, Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala.

Bus Reservation


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