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- Heathrow to Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) : 8 hours and 35 minutes
- Direct flights from Heathrow to Delhi with British Airways: 8 hours and 25 minutes
- Heathrow to Delhi with Jet Airways: 8 hours and 25 minutes
- Glasgow to Delhi via Heathrow: 11 hours and 25 minutes
- Manchester to Delhi via Amsterdam: 10 hours
- Birmingham to Delhi with Air India: 8 hours and 30 minutes
The flag carrier of India, Air India offers 2 direct flights on daily basis. Whereas, another carrier of India i.e. Jet Airways offers 1 direct flight on daily basis. Also, British Airways, flag carrier of the UK is entitled to conduct 2 direct flights from Heathrow and Birmingham each.. Virgin Atlantic launches off only one direct flight from Heathrow.
The best time to visit this remarkable historical city is in the autumn lasting up to winters; that is between October and March. It is the time when both temperature and humidity begin to drop after a rainy monsoon and sweltering months of June and August. Cold and Chilly winters give way to a pleasant spring season when nature is at its best in the city, blossoming with beautiful colours all around the city.Off Peak Season:
It is not advisable to visit New Delhi between May-July as these are the months when temperatures reach beyond 50 degree centigrade. Scorching heat of the sun makes it almost unbearable to roam around and explore the scenic sights of the city.
A city divided into two halves Old and New Delhi bustling with a population of over 20 million, it can prove to be a very intimate and magical place to visit. A city of extreme wealth and outstanding beauty stands out with lush green gardens all around the ever expanding city. Alongside brutal poverty and filth, New Delhi is truly a remarkable place to visit with surprises all along for its tourists. For both the social and historical perspective it is worth lingering a while before taking a plunge into other crowded cities and dashing off to the heart of subcontinent.
It is a well diverse city and a cosmopolitan hub of India’s business, fashion, media and technological industries and has truly transformed itself from an old Mughal age city to a modern finance centre of India. A city literally littered with historical sites and relics, Delhi is a true example of a chaotic yet thriving modern city with tapestry of mega malls. For the new visitors, Delhi can have an overwhelming impact but gradually all the chaos and hustle bustle starts making sense as it all makes Delhi what it is. Delhi is home to three of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
There are quite a number of ways to go around these historical sites as well as the city itself. Delhi metro is one of the most viable options as it saves you from the traffic jams of the city and is relatively quiet cheap. Other options include yellow black ambassador taxis and auto rickshaws. You can rent a car for a private move around the city unless of course, driving yourself in the mayhem of city traffic is not for the faint hearted and is not highly recommended too.
Amidst many sightseeing places, top spectaculars are below:Rajpath:
Delhi, too, reminds one that this unity is political reality and that this city is the capital, in spite of its vast Sikh community. The show piece of New Delhi, that part of the city built by British, is a ceremonial way called Rajpath. Longer and far grander than a Mall, it sweeps down from a Raisina Hill and the Rashtrapati Bhawan between the giant Secretariat building looking like a set for a Hollywood epic, through and round the imposing Indian Gate Memorial, past a domed plinth which once sheltered the King’s emperor’s statue, and on to an abrupt stop by a huddle of undistinguished buildings housing a sports stadium.Jamia Masjid
is a magnificent piece of structure constructed by the famous Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It is the largest mosque in India and second largest in the world. Built in 1658, Jamia Masjid has a courtyard which is enclosed by high walls can accommodate up to 25,000 devotees at a time. Also, it is well known as the final architectural undertaking by Shah Jahan. Constructed from red sandstone and white marble, it is flanked on either side by two tall minarets. In the mosque shrine for sacred relics are also kept. On Muslim festivals such as ‘’Eid’’ it’s filled to its capacity. Its southern minaret give a wonderful view of the city only if one can walk on its narrow and small footsteps stairs leading to the top. One must be dressed appropriately as it’s a holy place and all the norms shall be followed.Laal Qila
or the Red Fort is one of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Built by none other than Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor in 1640’s it is a masterpiece of Mughal dynasty. It represents the power of Mughal power at its peak and stands tall high in the skyline of old and New Delhi to this day. It is one of the most visited site in India and every month thousands of tourists come and visit this magnificent piece of Mughal architecture.
Likewise, Purana Qila is one of a mass of forts, palaces and tombs scattered through the south Delhi suburbs and each testifying to a majestic empire.Qutub Minar:
An archaeological survey highlights another worth seeing monument of Delhi. This historical splendour is a soaring of victory. It was built in the 12th century after the defeat of last Hindu’s Kingdom in Delhi. Built with red marble, it has successfully survived the ravages of all the ups and downs of time.Akshardham Temple:
Located at about an hour distance from Airport, Akshardham Temple is the third largest Hindu temple in the world. Each element of this architecture has its own spiritual significance. Enriched with Indian’s art and values, temple showcases the grandeur and bliss.Hamayun’s Tomb:
Another spectacular example of Mughal architect catches the attraction of more nearly a million people round the year. Built in mid 16th century, Hamayun’s Tomb is the famous Mughal monument of two disjointed cities. Most art historians agree that the large squat building with high arched entrances, bulbous dome and formal gardens in its vicinity is the forerunner of Taj Mahal.Safdarjhang Tomb:
It was constructed in 18th century in the memorial of governor of province Awadh. And it was the last monumental example of Mughal architect before the empire collapsed.
New Delhi also depicts British-looking architecture in an exquisite manner. Including all other visiting sites, graceful colonnades and huge circular design of Connaught Place and the radial roads originating from there are worth seeing.
Delhi is a food planet for food junkies. It offers a wealth of fantastic restaurants to budget eateries mostly around and in the shopping malls. Delhi’s eateries suit all the budgets and palates.
Following are the restaurants that are recommended
- Latitude 28: An Italian restaurant, located in the midst of Khan Market is a bit expensive but offers a variety of Italian cuisine from brochettes, pastas, and sandwiches to variety of juices.
- Barbeque Nation - New Delhi - Connaught Place: It is the most visited place because of their saucy appetizers and delicious food that every mouth craves.
This metropolitan is home to an amazing range of hotels, hostels and resorts that caters to everyone on the budget list. When it comes to splurging on your stay after coming here by availing cheap flights to Delhi, it does not fall short of options. From a range of some of the leading international chain of high-end hotels known for their architectural grandeur and impeccable services, to a number of local luxury hotels and resorts, the city is sure to make your stay an unforgettable one.
Most of the award-winning hotels are located in posh areas of Delhi. You also get facilitated by the close proximity of up market hotels to the airports and metro stations. During the peak season of tourists, it is advised to book in advance in order to get the reasonable rates. In contrary to this, numerous budget levels accommodation places can also be found abundantly in the city premises. You may choose any one of the following:
- Shangri-La's Eros Hotel,
- The Lodhi
- Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, New Delhi
- Pride Plaza Hotel
- JW Marriott Hotel
- Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
- The Leela Palace
- Hyatt Regency