Although situated in the north, Delhi is popularly called the heart of India. Home to diverse cultures, Delhi abounds with scenic and architectural attractions. An integral part of Delhi’s charm is the rich variety of cuisines that throng almost every street of Delhi. No matter where your interest lies, Delhi has plenty to offer. So if Delhi happens to be your stopover, consider it a boon. Being the capital of India, Delhi has one of the busiest airports in the world. Choosing Delhi as a stopover would also broaden your options for a connecting international or domestic flight. Delhi will keep your travel itinerary brimmed to the top.
Delhi airport hosts numerous flights to every nook and corner of the world. Almost all international destinations are connected to Delhi airport. Even for domestic travel, flying from one part of India to the other via Delhi is an everyday practice. For instance, a lot of times, for traveling to the eastern part of India from a state like Maharashtra, people opt to take a Mumbai to Delhi flight and travel to their final destinations. Similarly, most of the international flights which ply between India and Europe arrive in Delhi and then proceed to further destinations. The impressive global connectivity of the Delhi airport and the excellent infrastructure of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport makes Delhi a top choice for most airlines to operate through. For those traveling to Delhi, this, indeed, is a bonus. But for those who land in Delhi for a stopover have countless reasons to rejoice.
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Stopovers can be overwhelming. Be it a Mumbai to Delhi flight or a Manhattan to Delhi flight, a speed-breaker in one's scheduled travels can be annoying. But the wonders of Delhi can transform those hours into the highlight of your journey. Stopover itinerary in Delhi would legitimately require thorough planning because it is practically impossible to explore all of Delhi in a few hours. Wisdom lies in judiciously culling out the top three sights.
For longer stopovers, the first step would be to find a reasonable hotel to freshen up, catch a quick nap and most importantly, securely store the luggage. The Delhi airport offers premium lounges and storage services. But if you have a few hours to spare, then you may stay at any boutique BnB in the Aerocity or Vasant Kunj, both of which are located close to the airport.
Assuming, a window of 10 hours to spare, after you've relaxed for some time, the first destination to head over to would be the center of Delhi, Connaught Place. The easiest and the most comfortable mode of commute in Delhi is Delhi metro. For all airport-bound travelers, the Delhi express metro is the most convenient and fastest way to reach the main city. There are rows of gorgeous white balustrades and colonial buildings in the area. Connaught place is a shopper's paradise housing high street fashion stores, fascinating flea markets, and souvenir shops at Janpath market. Some of Delhi's choicest eateries are located here where you can stop for lunch. A trip to Wegner's is a must to satiate your sweet tooth. On the outskirts of Connaught Place is the fascinating Jantar Mantar and Agrasen ki Bauli, which are repositories of the rich Mughal heritage. These places are an auto ride away from each other. The next stop would be Qutub Minar, a majestic minaret that is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Delhi. After about an hour of reeling in the charisma of this grand Mughal monument, you might be time to trace your steps back to the airport, but not without stopping by at the Hauz Khas village. An eclectic mix of different pulses, Haus Khaz village surrounds the ruins of a fort and a lake that hail from the times of Delhi Sultanate. If you're lucky, you can enjoy mesmerizing sunsets from the fort. If not, the boho cafes and pubs that Hauz Khaz village is dotted with will keep you duly entertained. With your hearts and stomach full, make way to the airport, which is merely half an hour's ride away.
For those with a few extra hours in hand, a trip to old Delhi to savor the tastes of kebabs and parathas and visiting the magnificent Red Fort is an absolute must.
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Most of the domestic flights like Mumbai to Delhi flights have short stopovers. The opulence of Delhi is impossible to capture within a short span. It's best to treat it like a teaser for the next trip. In such cases, you could stay around the airport. A quick trip to Qutub Minar, followed by a drive to the Haus Khaz village for a sumptuous meal and stroll along the fort and the adjacent deer park before heading back to the airport will give a brief but delightful taste of Delhi.
Several international flights, however, stop passengers from going out. Even passengers boarding Mumbai to Delhi flights have complained of being stuck at the airport for long. But at the IGI international airport, with a well-stocked food court, premium lounges, shower rooms, and free WiFi, the scope of getting bored is less. More importantly, the Delhi airport provides duty-free shopping, so a little indulgence there can make the stopover a pleasurable experience.