Airfare to Delhi, India
The capital of India, Delhi is almost 5000 years old and a bustling metropolis. An important economic and cultural center, it draws millions of visitors a year. Sights to see are numerous and listed in detail at the tourist office. Top picks are shopping at the Cottage Emporium, touring the National Museum and paying respects at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
Airfare to Delhi will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider trips to Agra or other domestic Indian air routes. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Air-India Express, Go Air, Kingfisher Airlines, Paramount Airways, spiceJet and Alliance Air fly to Delhi. And although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air India and Indian Airlines are the national airlines. However, Air France, Air Canada, Alitalia and other airlines also stop in Delhi.
The most expensive air tickets to Delhi are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Agra, India or Lahore, Pakistan and traveling overland to Delhi via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Delhi, check out BootsnAll’s Delhi Travel Guide.