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New Delhi Layover

| January 9, 2015

Stuck on a New Delhi layover? The Indira Gandhi International Airport offers services for those on a layover or caught with a delay between flights. And for those on a prolonged layover, there are many activities and things to do not far from the airport. The airport is about 10 miles from the city center. If you’re trying to decide if you have enough time to leave the airport on your New Delhi layover, here are some helpful tips.
New Delhi Layover stopover things to do
If you are stuck inside the Indira Gandhi airport during your New Delhi layover, there are duty free shops, banks, post office, and Internet kiosks in both terminals. In addition, you can find a pharmacy, medical facilities, baby care rooms and executive lounges with business facilities in both terminals, as well.

For some rest, check out the airport hotel, The Centaur Hotel, located half a mile from terminal 2. There are also a number of hotels near the airport. And for a comprehensive list of New Delhi hotels of varying price points, click here.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding passport or visa regulations, check out this page. You can also find health regulations here and FAQ here. The airport also has information and help desks available to assist you in both terminals.

For those looking to ditch their luggage to explore a little during your New Delhi layover, there are left luggage facilities in both terminals and a baggage wrapping service in terminal 2.

If you’re looking to leave the airport during your New Delhi layover, you can take a taxi into the city – you’ll find Delhi Traffic Police pre-paid taxi booths in the arrivals area where you will get a receipt that you can give the driver upon arrival to your destination. This is recommended for travelers, however, metered taxis and rickshaws are also available and the price can be negotiated. There are also bus and coach options, both can be arranged at the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2. Private transfers can also be arranged. Please keep in mind, when traveling in India, to plan plenty of time for delays.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A New Delhi Layover:

New Delhi Tours

In New Delhi, there are a ton of tours that you can choose from. You can book a private day tours to the Taj Mahal, as well as day tours to New Delhi’s historical and cultural landmarks, Delhi by night tours, cook classes and food tours, shows, concerts and so much more. For a full list of Delhi tours, click here!

Gandhi Smriti

This is the location of Mahatma Gandhi’s home and assassination site. The home treasures many objects from his last 144 days alive as well as houses the museum. You can learn about the history and view photographs, sculptures, and relics from his life. The address is Old Birla House on 5, Tees January Marg, New Delhi.

Humayun’s Tomb

Built as Mughal Emperor Humanyun’s tomb, this site is a complex of architectural buildings dating back to the early 1500s. Here you can also see some additional tombs (Isa Khan Niyazi and Bu Halima), the Blue Dome and the mausoleum. It is located in in South Delhi close to the Dina-panah citadel.

Red Fort (Lal Quila)

Dating back to 1639, The Red Fort is a major tourist attraction in Delhi. Originally built as a new royal palace, it was named the red fort due to the huge red sandstone walls that surround it. For tourists new to India, be prepared for beggars.

Dilli Haat

In the heart of Delhi, the Dilli Haat is a street market/bizarre with crafts, food and activities. You can find food and crafts from various regions of India including handicrafts and handlooms. Be ready to negotiate! For tips on how to haggle in India, click here. If you’d prefer a more traditional mall for shopping, check out Metro Walk Mall.

Qutab Minar

The Qutab Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret and is a great observation tower in Delhi. The monuments was built by the Refused Stones of demolished Jain Temples. Bring your walking shoes — it takes 399 steps to get to the top.

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  1. Kelly says:

    When you arrive at the New Delhi airport what is the security check point procedures?

    Basically I’d like to know if I can bring food from Paris and be allowed to bring it with me on my connecting flight (my next flight is 12 hours and I don’t want to eat airplane food). Or, will it be confiscated at a security checkpoint between my two flights?

  2. Robert says:

    If you leave the airport and then return, be advised that the police won’t let you inside the terminal until three hours before your scheduled departure time. And even if you are able to somehow convince them to admit you, the checkin counters won’t be open early so you are left sitting in the noisy and boring portion of the airport anyway. This also holds true if you arrive in Delhi on a domestic flight and then need to transfer to the international side. I and my two daughters spent 15 glorious hours in baggage claim due to this idiotic policy. (It’s a long story as to why we didn’t get a hotel).

    Once you have successfully negotiated all the gatekeepers and are through security, the airport is very nice and modern with some good shops and adequate restaurants.

    • Noneen says:

      Hi, Robert, just wondering – did you need a visa to leave the airport during your visit to Delhi? I have a 14 hour stopover planned at the airport there and was wondering if I’d need to apply for a visa if I left the airport to go on a day trip to the Taj Mahal before my connecting flight.