Travel teaches you tolerance when you get stuck at airports; especially, at the ones with limited source of entertain and leisure. But, thanks to Terminal 3, layovers at Delhi airport no more have to be taxing. Voted as one of the best airports in Asia, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National International Airport boasts of different options that can add that spice in your boring layovers.
If you frequently board Pune to Delhi flights or have a layover at Delhi airport, there’s absolutely no need to fear boredom and nothingness anymore! You can enjoy a multi-cuisine meal, have a refreshing shower, shop till you drop, indulge in the best of spa treatments or probably just get that tourist mode on and get out of the airport and treat yourself with a mini Delhi tour.
Here is a list of things you can do in and out of Delhi airport to make your experience pleasurable:
For all you shopaholics out there, a mini shopping spree would only add a dash of sparkle to your day. The international plus domestic terminals of Delhi airport boast of a plethora of options for the shoppers to choose from. These include apparel, beauty and wellness, electronics, fashion and accessories, packed food and confectionery, perfumes, cosmetics, wine and spirits, souvenirs, gifts and travel accessories. You can shop from a myriad of brands available there.
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The Delhi airport has a vast range of food and beverages places including casual dining, coffee shops, food court and quick service restaurants and cafes. These are sure to make those long waiting hours less chaotic. The T1, T2 and T3 terminals together have an amazing mix of continental, urban and local joints that promise to fulfil those food cravings and will have you wanting to explore more.
Au Bon Pain is a famous American bakery and café at T3 International. You can try Berco’s for its distinguished Thai and Chinese food. If you need that perfect dose of caffeine, you can head to Bakers Street for an Italian brewed Coffee. A cup of ginger tea from Chaayos can also be refreshing. The take is completely yours.
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The Delhi airport has two of the most renowned spas –O2 Spa and Heaven on Earth. These give you an opportunity to relax, soothe and rejuvenate your mind and soul. At O2 spa, you can experience the cultural richness of Thailand and India. Next is Heaven on Earth. The place offers a warm and contemporary ambience that makes this spa the perfect place to experience peace.
The Delhi airport is home to five premium lounges solely made for the comfort of its travellers. They offer spas and showers, a variety of dining options and power nap rooms. The Amex Premium Lounge is for those members who have an Amex card; whereas, Air India Business class travellers can lounge at the Air India Maharaja Lounge. The other three equally good lounges are Allways, ITC Lounge and Plaza Premium.
If sleep takes over you, head to ‘Sam’s Snooze at My Space’. It is famous for introducing sleeping pods in personal comfort rooms for the first time in India. Located at the T3 departure, it offers convenient places where one can take a nap. Such pods are charged on an hourly basis.
You can go sightseeing if you have around 7-8 hours’ time until your next flight. Use the metro for a smarter and faster commute. If you are in Delhi, you just cannot miss the Qutub Minar. Known for its architecture, this tall monument is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass through the India Gate and explore the Red Fort for its history heading back to the 16th century. Likewise, for food and shopping, you can head to Connaught Place.
With plenty of personal and professional commitments, it is almost impossible to take time out to relax or enjoy. But the next time you are on your Pune to Delhi flight for meeting business or other commitments, you can still ensure a good and entertaining time at Delhi Airport.