Whether you are flying to Delhi in the north of India or to the beaches of Goa further south, this intriguing country offers a wealth of sights set amid an astounding diversity of landscapes and people. There’s far too much to pack into one trip, so you’ll be looking for those cheap flight deals to India for many years to come!
In a country the size of other continents there’s bound to be great variations in the climate, depending on exactly where and when you are flying. With seven climatic regions, spanning alpine (north) to tropical (south), there’ll always be cheaper flights to India if you are flexible on where you head.
The Asiatic monsoon can be the deal breaker. Torrential downpours are not ideal for experiencing the best of a country. The southwest monsoon hits between late-May and lasts until early-October – it hits the south first before working its way up to the north in mid-August. The northeast monsoon mainly affects just the south – it arrives in October and is over by December.
As a broad rule of thumb, December to February offer the coolest and driest months, while March to May are also dry but incredibly hot.
This means that flights to India tend to peak in price November through to March, when the climate is at its best in Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and Goa.
There are plenty of departure airports in the US to choose from if you are flying to India, and often a connecting flight can prove cheaper but not add a great deal to your overall flight time.
Finding cheap flights with Orbitz is easy. Use the ‘Nearby airports’ option to explore deals available from alternative points of departure or arrival. Another great way to bag a bargain is to be flexible on the dates of your flight. Click the ‘My dates are flexible’ tick box when making your search to find the cheapest flights across a range of dates.
You can filter and sort your results on the left-hand side of the results page and by using the ‘Show options’ drop-down. Sort your flights by price or duration, explore only direct or connecting flights, filter by airline and airport, limit your results to refundable flights and look for flights at certain times of the day.
There are several major airports in India, located in the main cities, and a good network of smaller hubs around the rest of the country.
The five main international airports are Indira Gandhi International in Delhi, Chatrapati Shivaji International in Mumbai, Kempegowda International in Bangalore and the airports serving Hyderabad and Chennai.
Seeing more than 50 million people a year, Indira Gandhi International is one of the world’s busiest airports - and its located just ten miles from the heart of Delhi.
As a quick guide, flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi) are 14 hours from New York and Chicago or 19 hours from Los Angeles.
Airlines offering flights to India include:
All major airports in India offer public transport options, but these can be overcrowded and unreliable. The exception to this is Indira Gandhi International’s air train. However, it is usually best to purchase pre-paid tickets for a taxi ride once you have landed.
In a country so vast it may make sense to book internal flights to take you from place to place. Air India has a comprehensive network of routes on offer and, thanks to a host of other budget airlines competing, most internal flights are very reasonable.
India has the second-largest rail network in the world and this offers another option for long-distance travel. The bureaucracy involved in purchasing a ticket is worth it for a great experience travelling past India’s rural landscapes.
And, of course, within cities there will always be a taxi or rickshaw available for short hops.
The princely state of Rajasthan offers the pink city of Jaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur, vast yellow expanses of deserts, plenty of majestic forts, exquisitely decorated temples and fabulously painted havelis.
Take in modern India’s boutiques and shops set just a stone’s throw from reminders of its Mughal and colonial past.
The crowds at the immaculate Taj Mahal contrast strongly with the eerie silence of the abandoned capital at Fatehpur Sikri.
Explore tea plantations and relax on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, one of the world’s most iconic train journeys.
Walk on the wild side in the Periyar National Park, where wild elephants and the Bengal tiger roam.
Kick back under the coconut trees and palms on the laid-back beaches of this former Portuguese colony.
The flight prices may be higher during India’s many festivals – but the color and exuberance of events like Diwali, Holi and Eid ul Fitr are well-worth the extra dollar or two.
The rupee can’t be imported or exported: convert your money when you arrive in India and spend it before you leave.