If you are travelling India, you must make sure that you can reach the correct person, should help be required. The best place for you to call during an emergency is the 1800 111 1363. This is a toll free tourist helpline operable 24 hours in 12 languages. For specific numbers and more information, scroll below.
108 is available in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, while 102 is available everywhere.
While some government ambulance services are present, in the case of a medical emergency, go to the nearest private hospital. These also offer ambulance services, which are provided for a fee.
However, ambulance is not necessarily the quickest or most reliable way to get to hospital because of traffic congestion and motorists’ tendency to ignore ambulance sirens. Most people use private transportation to get to hospital in an emergency, relying on a family member, friend or neighbour rather than waiting for an ambulance. In accident situations, complete strangers often ferry people to the hospital in their car.
It is advisable to carry the telephone number of a good private hospital (and the number of the ambulance service) at all times in case of an emergency.
These private companies operate hospitals in major cities and their websites have contact details for their hospitals with accident and emergency units, and phone numbers for ambulance services: