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Flights to Delhi will take you into Indira Gandhi International Airport, the busiest airport in India, with tens of millions of passengers passing through every year. Some fly to Delhi on business or to explore the city, but you might just be stopping over in Delhi to connect with domestic flights to other destinations across India.
Direct flights to Delhi from airports in London and across the UK take approximately eight hours 30 minutes. Use Expedia to choose from a selection of respected airlines offering daily non-stop flights from London. Or book a cheaper flight to Delhi with one or more stops en route. Stopover flights take a minimum of ten and a half hours, flying via London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Istanbul.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary airport for the National Capital Region of Delhi and it’s around ten miles south west of central Delhi. The fastest way into Delhi centre is on the metro, but there are also taxis, local buses and car rentals or chauffeur-driven cars to get you to your hotel after a drive down the eight-lane highway.
United Kingdom residents need a visa to enter India. If you’re visiting for tourism purposes, you can apply for an e-Tourist Visa online, as long as you have six months validity on your passport from the date of your arrival in India.
There are two terminals at Indira Gandhi International Airport – T1 and T3 – and free shuttles run between the two. Domestic flights operate through T1 while international and some domestic flights arrive and depart five miles away at T3.
T1’s two buildings, C and D, have no immigration facilities, but there are places to eat, drink and shop. All international flights go through the much newer T3, which has several Western outlets and well-priced duty-free shops. Head to the food court for restaurants for everything from a quick snack to a sit-down meal.
For first time visitors to India, Delhi is one of the best ways to discover all the reasons people visit the subcontinent. Enjoy incredible cuisine, a rich history and a broad range of spirituality.
What makes Delhi so mesmerising are the extremes: from the Mughal splendour of Old Delhi to the contemporary cocktail bars of the south. The dusty, piled-high market stalls of Chandni Chowk to the futuristic business parks on the outskirts of the city.
Streetside hawkers sell everything from fruit juice to flower garlands as high-flying business executives whizz by in chauffeur-driven cars. The Hindu, Muslim and British empires have all left an indelible imprint on Delhi’s architecture, culture and traditions, but on stepping off your flight to Delhi, you’ll see the city as it is today – a thriving, creative, innovative destination that is the face of modern India.