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Cheap flights to India

A lifetime would not be enough time to explore all that India has to offer.

As most people don’t have a lifetime, here are just some of India’s must see sights. Obvious though it may be, the Taj Mahal can never be done justice through photographs alone. This architectural masterpiece was made to be admired. It is, quite simply, one of the world’s most spectacular buildings.

Beach holidays don’t come much better than Goa with its soft white sands, lively bars and delicious coastal cuisine. Nearby Kerala’s colourful fishing boats bring in their daily haul of fresh seafood before local restaurants serve it up to appreciative diners.

Adventure awaits by land and sea in India, with camel treks though the Great Indian Desert or snorkelling the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal; home to some quirky, gaudy corals and tropical fish. Architectural and historical treasures can be seen at every turn, from the Golden Temple of Amritsar and Delhi’s Red Fort, to the beautiful sandstone ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the breathtaking Lake Palace Hotel in Rajasthan – one of the most romantic places in all of India.

Hop in a rickshaw and prepare for the insatiable energy of chaotic, riotous and lively cities like Kolkata and Mumbai with their ramshackle markets, skyscrapers and slums and noisy endless traffic that weaves in and out of the rushing crowds. Mumbai is also home of theatrical Bollywood and the incredible Dabawallas who deliver thousands of lunchboxes every day to their owners in the city – no one knows how!

Welcome relief after India’s bustling cities is Kashmir’s crisp mountain air, glassy rivers and flower-drenched meadows or the unforgettable desert sunsets of Jaisalmer. The cool hill stations and tea plantations of Assam or Darjeeling are wonderful for escaping the heat.

Embrace your spiritual side with a visit the sacred River Ganges or a yoga retreat or to worship at one of the holy Hindu Temples at Orissa or Puri. Explore one of the many national parks or wildlife sanctuaries where tigers and elephants help get you back to nature. If that doesn’t work, the stunning Himalayas offer spirituality, adventure and scenic views that are hard to beat.

Fly In

There are twelve international airports and over forty smaller major airports in India.

One of the busiest is Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. Said to be have the sixth largest terminal in the world, it handles 34 million passengers a year flying to the capital. Depending on the traffic, the journey time to the city centre is approximately 45 minutes by bus and taxi. There is also a super fast metro that costs more but takes just 15 minutes.

Another popular destination is Mumbai, served by Mumbai Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport. The international terminal is located at Sahar in Andheri, 19 km to the East of the city. Pre-paid taxis and hotel transfers are popular transport options but there is also the 308 bus that travels to Andheri railway station. Auto rickshaws, a three-wheel metered service, are the fun way for travellers to get to the city centre. It just might take a little longer.

Bangalore Bengaluru International Airport is 35 km from Bangalore and takes approximately 1 hour busy traffic. Taxis and hire cars are available but the ‘VayuVajra' shuttle bus is probably the cheapest way to travel.

Chennai International Airport is the busiest airport in Southern India and gateway to the traditional Tamil culture of India. Located near Pallavaram just 14 km south of the city, pre-paid taxi is the simplest option for getting from the airport into the city centre but a cheap, regular bus service also operates from the airport, serving many nearby towns and villages.

Kolkata, the ‘City of Palaces’ is served by Kolkata Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. Just 18 km northeast of the city centre, there are pre-paid taxis, local buses and rickshaws available to take visitors into town in approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Finally for beachgoers looking for sandy white shores, Goa International Airport is the most popular choice. Located just 4 km from the main village of Dabolim many international flights operate from this airport.

What you need to know – 150

Currency: The Indian Rupee (INR)

Visas: Most nationalities require a visa to travel to India including Australian, British Canadian, other EU and American citizens. A passport with a validity of at least 180 days is also required. Nationals not in this category must check with a local embassy or the Foreign Office website for information regarding their particular visa requirements. Tourist visas on arrival are a possibility for some countries. Some areas of India are protected or restricted and require special permits. It is advisable to do this in-country.

Laws: Laws vary considerably depending on the Indian state. With regards the consumption of alcohol, it is prohibited in the states of Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. It is allowed in all other states; however the legal age for drinking varies between them from 18 to 21 years.

India has a ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces incusing restaurants, bars, offices, clubs and study premises. Law in India also bans the direct and indirect advertising of tobacco in a bid to reduce the number of the population addicted to tobacco. A 200 rupee fine is incurred if caught smoking illegally.

Best times to Visit

Late October to mid-March is a good time to visit India. The monsoon season is over but the temperatures have not yet reached scorching. April to June are among the hottest months in India, reaching up to and over 40 degrees Celsius. This is when a trip to the Himalayas or the hilltop plantations is well worth it. In late May the monsoon rains begin in the south, moving north within a month or so. Winter is cool but usually with blue skies and sunshine.

India puts on some wonderful festivals throughout the year. One of the biggest Hindu festivals is the Durga Puja in Kolkata in October. Goa Carnival kicks off in February with dancing and processions, floats and music but perhaps one of the most exciting celebrations is Diwali, or Festival of Lights, at the closing of the New Year moon on the 15th day of October or November.  

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