Cheap Flights to Delhi
A community of 25 million people, Delhi is a sea of color, smells and sights. This city seems to exude a certain timeliness as the past seems to walk hand in hand with the present as ancient temples butt up next to modern architecture. The city has played host to a succession of conquerors, creating a truly cosmopolitan community. A favorite destination for those looking for the exotic, Delhi and the treasures of the subcontinent will not disappoint.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Flights to Delhi land at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Located southwest of Delhi, it has direct flights with capitals and major cities on every continent. United Airlines, Air India and Emirates all provide flights to Delhi. The city has recently extended their subway system to connect the airport with the central part of New Delhi in approximately 25 minutes. There is bus service from the airport to multiple locations in the city, including Connaught Place and Interstate Bus Terminal. Buses will stop for Terminal 3 across from the Centaur Hotel. From there, a shuttle bus will leave every 15 minutes to take passengers on to the airport.
Attractions in Delhi
Delhi is a bustling metropolis and has so much to offer that planning out your itinerary is advisable. The subway connects to a number of popular landmarks. At the Chandni Chowk stop, you will not only find a noisy bazaar but also the Red Fort, built at the height of the Mughal Empire over 300 years ago. It has a number of marble and sandstone monuments and a museum inside. The city provides a special light show at the fort in the evening with a musical performance. The Metro also stops at Qutb Minar, considered by many to be the best preserved monument in the city. It is home to a classical Indian music and dance festival in November and December. Bordering the Qutb Minar complex is the Mehrauli Archeological Park, a wooded park that contains the ancient remnants of tombs, temples and palaces. At the Khan Market Metro, you will find Delhi's most prominent art gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art. Delhi is all about shopping from upscale boutiques to free-for-all bazaars. Highly skilled local artisans are creating a number of unique handcrafted pieces as well as the more traditional pieces or museum replicas. The city is known for its textiles and gems. Many visitors also plan a tour to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Families may want to take a short trip south to Cyber City, which has a water park, Biodiversity Park, and other attractions for children.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Delhi
Delhi is quite hot with a cool respite in January and February. Buses can be very crowded and may be a shock on your first visit. You will find a wide variety of hotels in every price range around the city. The area around the Delhi train station, known as Paharganj, caters to backpackers and is the least expensive area of town. Locals like to break up the monotony of daily life with festivals, and with the city's ethnic diversity, someone is always celebrating something. Many of the holidays have no fixed date, and their celebration is determined by local holy men. Two popular festivals are Diwali, a Festival of Lights held in late September, and Holi, held in March when people throw color pigment and water in street battles. An average dinner for two is about $30.
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