Emergency Numbers India Backpacking India

Emergency Numbers India Backpacking India
Emergency services in India with phone numbers
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.


Ambulance: 108/101/102

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:

Emergency response service for medical, police and fire emergencies: 108

Available in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh

24-hour Pharmacies

Every major city has several 24-hour pharmacies. Listings can be found on justdial.com.


Blood Donation

Donate blood or request a blood donation via the nationally coordinated network NEBDO

National Number
National Number

Crisis and Help Line Telephone Numbers

Drugs: 24-hour CARE helpline for alcoholism and drug addiction(040) 2779 0278, 0984 826 3919
HIV/AIDS: 1800 180 2008 (from BSNL/MTNL phones only)
0172 2662172 (from all lines)
Child abuse: 1098
Domestic abuse and sexual violence: 181
Suicide/crisis line: 24-hour helpline(044) 2754 6669
Anti-poison: 1066
Cancer helpline: 99 105 16562
Emergency contraception: Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh, New Delhi
National helpline providing information on reproductive health issues. One of the first national helplines, 
JSK provides information on reproductive health issue

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