The largest country in South Asia, India is diverse, bewildering and enchanting. Busy and beautiful, intriguing and colourful, with stunning architecture, delicious cuisine and an incredible history – India has got the lot.
India is a vast country, covered by different terrain and climates. This variety means it very much depends exactly where you are going as to when the best time to book flights is.
Perhaps the biggest single factor that will affect your decision is the rainy season, or monsoon. This usually starts at the end of May and works its way over much of India in the following weeks and months. Expect very wet weather, interspersed with intense hot and humid periods. The monsoon season usually lasts until around September.
Mid-winter is when there is the biggest contrast between the climates of north and south. Northern cities like Delhi are blasted by icy winds coming down from the Himalayas, but the south largely remains warm.
There is no distinct holiday season across all of India: the best advice is to allow yourself plenty of time to book your flights for the bargain deals that can be found.
It’s not all about when you book your flight to India. It’s possible to find cheap tickets to India at any time of the year if you know where and, more importantly how, to look.
Make sure that you use our ‘Nearby Airports’ option when searching, situated under the departure location of your search. This will allow you to explore the best deals on more UK flights to India.
If you are searching for flights from London, select all London airports rather than just one specific point of departure. This expands your search options and helps you find a better deal.
It’s also a good idea to be flexible on dates. Try searching the previous or next day to see if tickets are any cheaper. Click the ‘Show flexible dates’ section to see how much you could save.
There are many direct and indirect flights to India from London and a number of other UK airports.
There are several major airports in India, located in the main cities, and a good network of smaller hubs around the rest of the country.
The three main airports are Indira Gandhi International in Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji International in Mumbai and Kempegowda International in Bangalore.
Serving more than 50 million people a year Indira Gandhi International is one of the world’s busiest airports - and its located just ten miles from Delhi’s city centre.
While all airports are linked to public transport, it’s often more convenient to book a private transfer or taxi.
Direct and indirect flights to India are available from a number of different carriers.
There’s no escaping the fact that India is BIG. And while there are many ways to get around on the ground, including local buses, taxis and trains – don’t expect these to be very efficient or on time. You’ll need to allow plenty of time for even simple journeys and expect conditions to be cramped. But that’s all part of the fun.
The size of India makes flying the most viable option if you want to really get around. There are plenty of internal flights available, with many of the most remote locations having a decent airport.
From the holy temples in the foothills of the Himalayas to the bustle and noise of an Indian Premier League cricket match, India is a feast for all the senses.
The only hard part is knowing where to start: here’s some ideas to get you started,
UK passport holders can apply for and pay for a visa online from the Indian government website, so you won’t need a personal meeting or lengthy postal application.
All of India runs on IST, which is five and a half hours ahead of GMT.