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Travel to India

Flying to India

The major national airline in India is Air India  (www.airindia.com). There are also several commercial Indian airlines that have added international destinations to their schedules such as Jet Airways (www.jetairways.com) and IndiGo (www.goindigo.in). British Airways (www.ba.com) and Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) fly direct to India from the UK.

Prices are steady throughout the year but become more expensive in June, July and December.

Major airports are: Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Chennai International Airport, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Gaya Airport, Kempegowda International Airport, Kempagowda International Airport, Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Goa International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport, Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Airport Guides

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Code

BOM

Location

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is located 30km (19 miles) north of central Mumbai.

Tel

+91 22 6685 1010

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New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport

Code

DEL

Location

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport is located 16km (10 miles) southwest of central Delhi.

Tel

+91 124 337 6000

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Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport

Code

CCU

Location

Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is located at Dum Dum, 17km (10.5 miles) northeast of central Kolkata.

Tel

+91 33 2511 8036

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Chennai International Airport

Code

MAA

Location

Chennai International Airport is located in Meenambakkam, 21km (13 miles) southwest of central Chennai.

Tel

+91 44 2256 0551

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Trivandrum International Airport

Code

TRV

Location

Trivandrum International Airport is located 4km (2.5 miles) west of central Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum), the capital of the Indian state of Kerala in the south of the country.

Tel

+91 471 250 1591

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Kempegowda International Airport

Code

BLR

Location

Kempegowda International Airport is situated 40km (25 miles) north of Bengaluru, in Devanahalli.

Tel

+91 1800 425 4425

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Flight times

From London: to Delhi - 8 hours 30 minutes; Kolkata (Calcutta) - 13 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Chennai (Madras) - 10 hours; Mumbai (Bombay) - 9 hours.

From New York: to Delhi is 14 hours; Kolkata (Calcutta) - 18 hours 40 minutes (including stopover); Chennai (Madras) - 18 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Mumbai - 15 hours.

Departure tax

Included in the air fare.

Travelling to India by Rail

Indian Railways (www.indianrail.gov.in) runs most international services.

Connections to Pakistan: From India you can cross into Pakistan at the international Attari/Wagah border. There are bus and train services between India and Pakistan. Approaching the border away from the official crossing point may be dangerous.

Connections to Nepal: The most practical and popular route to Nepal is by train to Raxaul (Bihar) and then by bus to Kathmandu or by train to Gorakphur (or bus if coming from Varanasi) and then by bus to Kathmandu crossing the border at Sunauli; also, by train to Nantanwa (UP) and then by bus to Kathmandu/Pokhara, or Bhairawa to Lumbini for Pokhara. It is also possible to make the crossing from Darjeeling and Sikkim by bus to Kathmandu across the southern lowlands.

Connections to Bhutan: The best way of reaching Bhutan by land is by bus/train to Siliguri, then bus to Phuentsholing.

Connections to Bangladesh: The most convenient route to Bangladesh is Kolkata (Calcutta) to Dhaka by bus. Another route is from Darjeeling via Siliguri, then train or bus from Jalpaiguri to Haldibari, or bus to Changrabandha.

It may be possible to cross the border between India and Myanmar, but it's reported that you need a permit for this crossing, so it may not be straightforward.

There is currently no land frontier open between India and China (PR), other than a crossing between India and Tibet for religious pilgrims.

Rail note

Be prepared for long queues at ticket windows in train stations. Services are almost always busy, especially overnight trains, so it pays to book in advance.

Driving to India

Getting to India by boat

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