Named after the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport is rated as one of the best international airports in the world. With three terminals serving both domestic and international flights, Delhi International Airport can handle up to 60 million passengers annually. Within the airport, there are various facilities and amenities including strollers and play areas for families traveling with children, lounges and hotels for transit passengers and a slew of shops and restaurants.
Located in Palam, 15 km southwest of the New Delhi railway station and 16 km away from New Delhi city centre, Delhi International Airport is readily accessible by metro, bus, taxi and car. The cheaper options would be by metro and bus, both of which take you directly from the city center to terminal 3. Do note that metro does not operate 24 hours; so if you are traveling in the wee hours of the morning, opt for the bus instead.
Where to go?
Spend the last hours of your time in New Delhi wisely as you soak up these local sights that we have picked out just for you!
One of the prominent landmarks of the capital city, the India Gate is monument that commemorates 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. This 42-meter tall architectural beauty consists of an arch that sits atop a low base of red Bharatpur stone. Surrounding this majestic structure, you will find many roadside food vendors where you can enjoy ice cream and snacks. Take a boat out to the nearby streams for some leisure paddling or simply plop yourself down on the lush green lawns with a good read.
Kingdom of Dreams
An integrated live entertainment, leisure and entertainment centre, Kingdom of Dreams is a dazzling magical city ideal for families and fun seekers. Catch a musical or theatrical performance at the state-of-the-art auditorium Nautanki Mahal or the Showshaa Amphitheatre. If you are feeling peckish, head to Culture Gully, a food boulevard lined with themed restaurants and live kitchens from 14 states of India. Roam the complex under the sky dome and admire the vibrancy and grandeur of the ornate interior architecture and décor.
A UNESCO Heritage Site, this 73-meter tall victory monument was erected in 1193 after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. The minaret, inscribed with the Koran scriptures, is classic example of Indo-Islamic architecture. At the foot of the tower you will find the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque in India, and the Ashokan pillar, a 7.2-meter iron wrought column that dates back 1600 years. Among the locals, this pillar is regarded as a lucky totem. With your back against the pillar, wrap your hands around it and make a wish or simply rub off some luck. History buffs may want to explore the Mehrauli Archaeological Park that is located within the vicinity.
Have yet to decide on where to head to for the next leg of your journey? Check out some of these popular international destinations that we have highlighted for you!
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, Chiang Mai is a sharp contrast from the bustling Bangkok City. Here you will find hundreds of sacred temples with gabled rooftop tiers soaring skyward, bargain filled markets and bazaars as well as cultural historical sites. Some of the prominent sights in Chiang Mai include the Wat Phra Singh, the most revered temple among locals, Talat Warorot, the city’s oldest and most famous market and the Lanna Folklife Museum. Active travellers can go rafting down the Mae Tang River, zipline through the 1500-year-old rainforest or hike along the Mae Kompong Waterfall. Foodies, on the other hand can explore the various flavors of Chiang Mai from delicious street food to white-linen riverside dining.
The trophy beach of Philippines, Boracay is always teeming with tourists looking for sun, sand and pure fun. In the day, hit the clear sparkling waters and have fun with a range of exciting water sport activities – from parasailing, flying fish to cliff diving. Sink your feet into the fine sands of the White Beach as you take a languid stroll from one end of the beach to the other. Admire the stunning view of the setting sun as you enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants lining the coasts. After dinner, grab some souvenirs and beach wares from the local shops that are crammed up in the main shopping plaza. Or, laze down under the stars as you enjoy a relaxing massage or manicure session.
A melting pot of race and religion, Singapore beckons tourists with its exotic mix of Asian flavors. From local hawker fares to fine dining restaurants, food lovers will have endless choices to choose from. Shopaholics can bag the latest fashion styles from Orchard Road, a shopping and entertainment boulevard home to over 5000 retail brands. Nature seekers can head down to Singapore’s award-winning horticultural attraction, Gardens by the Bay, which features two cooled conservatories and a waterfront garden with impressive 9 to 16-stories tall vertical gardens called Supertrees. Families looking to spend some quality time together can spend a day or two in the all-in-one Sentosa Island.