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What's Delhi like?

Delhi has a larger population than Australia, but in a much smaller space. Walk through bustling marketplaces, enjoy traditional curries and take part in high tea events to get in touch with local culture.

The city is full of fascinating history, both ancient and recent, which can be seen in the Red Fort, Old Delhi and the National Gandhi Museum.

Which airlines fly to Delhi?

The only direct flights to Delhi from Australia are with Air India. These are available from both Melbourne and Sydney.

It's sometimes cheaper to get a 1-stop flight to India. Airlines that commonly fly this route include AirAsia, Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines.

How long is the flight to Delhi?

Adelaide to Delhi

15 hours (1 stop)

Brisbane to Delhi

15 hours 25 minutes (1 stop)

Melbourne to Delhi

11 hours 40 minutes (direct)

Perth to Delhi

12 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)

Sydney to Delhi

11 hours 35 minutes (direct)

What is the best time to visit Delhi?

Delhi and other cities in Northern India have seasons similar to Australia, but their cold and warm times of the year are reversed. June is the hottest month, with average temperatures of 33°C, and January is coldest at 14°C.

July, August and September are the wettest months with more than 100mm of rainfall each, while October to April is much drier.

Do I need a visa for Delhi?

Yes. All Australian visitors to India need a visa. Start the application for your visa online.

How expensive is Delhi?

Everyday costs in Delhi are far cheaper than they are in Australia. You can easily get a meal for less than $5, a local beer for $2 and a soft drink for around 50 cents.

The currency in India is the rupee.

Arriving in Delhi

Flights to Delhi land at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). International flights land at Terminal 3.

When you arrive, you'll immediately go to immigration, then to the baggage collection area and customs. In the arrivals hall, you can visit a newsagent, pharmacy and bakery or make your way straight to transportation to get to your hotel.

The quickest way to the city centre is by Metro, which takes 25 minutes to reach the farthest reaches of Delhi. This will cost between 10 rupees and 60 rupees.

By taxi this trip is roughly the same length, but you'll be taken directly to your hotel. Expect to pay between 600 rupees and 800 rupees.

Useful tips about Delhi

Although it's important to stay hydrated, be aware that the tap water is not safe to drink.

Haggling is expected in markets and when negotiating taxi fares.

Wear respectful clothing when visiting temples and other religious or culturally signifiant areas.

Although English is almost universally spoken in India, it can be nice to learn a few basic phrases in Hindi. To get you started, try saying 'namaste' ('hello') and 'shukriyaa' ('thank you').

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Please note: all information is correct as of September, 2017.

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