Cheap Flights to Delhi

Delhi overview

When to fly:

Peak Season: 

Delhi has a few peak times throughout the year - February-April and August-November. Average temperatures in October, November, February and March are around 18°C to 22°C and from April the temperature rises, with averages around 32°C from May to August and highs up to 40°C or more.

Kite Festival at Jubilee Park takes place in November. The festival was created to promote and display Delhi’s culture and heritage and is open to professional kite flying experts from across India and nationwide to partake. The atmosphere at the Golden Jubilee Park will be electric with high spirits encourage by a series of outstanding colour that is created in the sky. The event is family-friendly offering activities such as kite making competitions for children. However as this event falls in Delhi’s peak season, airfare and accommodation prices may increase.

Off Season: 

The best time to book your flights is October to March, when temperatures and humidity are both reasonable and slightly lower in December and January. In January every year, the city of Delhi see crowds gather to honour the soldiers protecting their nation. To celebrate, recognise and thank the soldiers, the day is filled with huge military parades, processions and aerobatics. If travelling to Delhi during army day, you will be welcome to join in the festivities at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate. Expect to experience big crowds accompanied by a day of respect and culture.

Destination overview:

Delhi's history stretches back two-and-a-half-millennia and today's metropolis is thought to be the 16th city that has been on this site. There are two Delhis, the old and the new.

Old Delhi is wonderfully chaotic, where New Delhi is mostly stately and well-ordered. Old Delhi is a warren of streets and a tangle of roads, a skyline with blocks upon blocks. It centres around the Chandi Chowk, a bustling market where you can buy almost anything. This street runs from the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort (built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, in the 17th century) to the Fatehpuri Masjid (built by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Shah Jahan's wives).

New Delhi has wide, tree-lined boulevards, spacious parks and imposing buildings. It was constructed between 1912 and 1929 (Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker were the architects) to replace Kolkata as the capital of British India. The streets radiate out from Connaught Place and just two of the highlights of this part of the city are India Gate and Parliament House, but New Delhi also contains the Jantar Mantar, an outdoor astronomical observatory that dates from the 18th century, and the dargah of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya.

Other must-sees, once you arrive on flights to Delhi, include the Crafts Museum, the National Museum and Humayun’s Tomb. Last, but certainly not least, is the Masjid-i Jahan-Numa, known as the Jama Masjid and the country's largest mosque. The courtyard holds 25,000 worshippers - that's more than can fit in the WACA...

This collision of new and old, planned and organic is what gives Delhi its energy and, many Indians believe, its soul.

Getting around Delhi

Taxis (yellow top) and auto-rickshaws (which seat three passengers) are freely available. Cycle-rickshaws are popular too and used mostly in Old Delhi. Try to negotiate a fare before you set off.

DTC operates the city bus network. There are also pollution-free battery-operated buses that run between Connaught Place and Chandni Chowk and along Chandni Chowk.

Getting downtown:

Taxis are available at the airport. The Delhi Tourism Development Corporation provides hire cars at government-approved rates. There are regular bus services between the airport and ISBT (Kashmiri Gate).

Delhi insider information

  • Eat on the streets. Breakfast will usually consist of idlis (rice cakes), vadas, dosas (crepes), salty pongal, and chapatis with sambar (dhal and vegetables) and coffee. They only cost couple of dollars. For a snack during the day, try to pick up some stuffed parathas from a stall. Wash them down Jal Jeera, a lime, cumin and mint concoction. 
  • The legal drinking age in Delhi is 25 and cocktails are what the young, moneyed folk, drink. 
  • The dargah (mausoleum) of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya is in New Delhi, near Humayun's Tomb. Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya is a famous Sufi saint. A settlement, known as Nizamuddin, has grown around the dargah. The shrine also contains the marble tomb of Amir Khusro, the great Persian poet of Delhi, and a number of fine Mughal buildings. On Thursday evenings Qawal (devotional music) is sung, from about 6-7.30pm. 
  • To see the city at its most colourful, fly to Delhi around Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15) or Gandhi Jayanti (Gandhi's birthday, October 2). Delhiites celebrate with speeches, military parades and great pomp. 
  • Paharganj is the busy backpacker district just west of the New Delhi Railway Station. It's a fantastic and frenetic introduction to Delhi. If you have the time to take a guided walk, take the Salaam City Walk during which former street children will share their stories of survival on the streets. The guides will also show you the contact points and shelters that the Salaam Baalak Trust provides. 
  • There is a light and sound show at the Red Fort most evenings. The show, in English and Hindi, is held after sunset except when it rains.

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Markets
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 1.43
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 2.30
Large bottle of water
$ 0.44
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 2.60
Transport
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 1.86
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.35
1 km taxi journey
$ 0.33
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 0.65
Restaurants
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 2.23
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 1.48
Meal at McDonald's or similar
$ 3.71
3 course meal for 2
$ 16.70
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 65.75
Pair of jeans
$ 47.68
How much does an apartment cost in Delhi?
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 151
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 637
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 246
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 372

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