Delhi is a city of contrasts: extreme wealth, towering shopping malls and outstanding beauty alongside extreme poverty. There is always something to see in this intense and bewildering capital. From the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, to the official residence of the President of India to the famous Chandni Chowk market to the best street food you’ll find anywhere, New Delhi is a destination that will continue to intrigue its visitors. The New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport is the main air transport hub in the region. This airport is conveniently located making it relatively easy for visitors to reach the heart of the city within 30 minutes.
What to see & do
Hop into a cab to Rajpath and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the nearest attractions to the New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. Rajpath Bhavan is a war memorial designed by Lutyens in 1921 and lined with lush green trees, fountains and pools. This is a great place to visit in the evenings and nights when the buildings are lit up.
The Qutb Minar is another attraction worth visiting near the airport. It is an immense tower dating back to the end of the 12th century to commemorate the Muslim conquest of Delhi. It was the tallest “skyscraper” in the world when it was built! Be amazed by the towering pillar built of fluted red sandstone and decorated with calligraphy representing verses from the Koran.
The National Gallery of Modern Art is a place that you should visit if you are interested in contemporary Indian art. Explore some of the oldest works dating back to 1857 and a collection of more than 14,000 works by Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Varma and Nandalal Bose as well as famous foreign artists. If you haven't had enough, head to the National Museum for more masterpieces. This is an informative place to learn more about Indian culture and history. The 4,600 year old Harappan temple dancer and the Gandhara-era standing Buddha are two sculptures not to be missed!
If you have the time, don’t miss Humayun’s tomb which is one of Delhi’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This first major Mughal structure has been described as the predecessor of the famous and stunning Taj Mahal in Agra. Humayun’s Tomb is an impressive example of Mughal architectural style, combining dome, mausoleum and plinth in perfect proportion. Spend the day strolling down square Persian-inspired gardens and crisscrossed waterways and paths. Do visit this extraordinary monument to learn more about its history and the Mughal empire.
There are different modes of transport from the airport to various attractions in the city. Visitors can choose to take the Delhi Metro which connects Terminal 3 of the airport to the heart of the city. Visitors would be able to reach the city centre within 20 minutes. There are also 24-hour express buses operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation running between the arrival areas of the terminals to central Delhi. Tired visitors can also take a taxi which are cheap and plentiful outside the arrival areas at the airport.
Within the city centre, visitors would be able to travel conveniently around the attractions by hopping on taxis and rickshaws. Avoid taking the buses in the city centre because they are often crowded.
Getting to New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
There are frequent direct flights such as SpiceJet, Air India, GoAir, Jet Airways and Air India Express that fly daily from major cities around India to the capital city. Search Skyscanner to find cheap flights from various destinations around India to New Delhi, at the lowest airfares and even last-minute availability.
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