Delhi Layover Guide (DEL)

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Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) is the main international airport located in Ezeiza Partido in Greater Buenos Aires. It is located in Palam, 15 km (9.5 mi) from the center of New Delhi. The formerly named Palam Airport had commercial passenger flights since 1962 however it was inaugurated and given its current name in 1986. Delhi is the capital of India and is a huge global city that is known for its history, food, culture, life, traditions, and commerce.

Can you leave Delhi Airport (DEL) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
Most foreigners require a visa to enter India. An electronic visa can be applied for online. (more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Delhi Organized Tours

Old Delhi Temples and Spiritual Sites Private Tour

This is a spiritual and enlightening tour that takes you to the top spiritual attractions in the walled city of Old Delhi. This is with a private guide that takes you on a 6-hour sightseeing tour. Learn more about India’s different faiths and disciplines, from the flower-inspired Baha’I Lotus Temple to India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Travel in comfort as the tour includes the services of a private driver in an air-conditioned vehicle. » book this tour

Delhi: Full-Day Qutb Minar, Old, and New Delhi Private Tour

Discover Delhi at your pace with the assistance of a local guide. This guide will show the best sights of Old and New Delhi on a private 8-hour tour by air-conditioned car. Admire the cultural, spiritual and historical landmarks of India’s capital. Get the chance to visit landmarks like the Jama Masjid mosque, India Gate, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, the Presidential Buildings and the Lotus Temple. » book this tour

Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train

Experience the fun, excitement, and craziness of traveling on India’s fastest train, Gatimaan Express Train on the way to Agra. Enjoy a private guided tour of the 3 main Agra Heritage Sites including The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Baby Taj including all tickets. The Taj Mahal is the key highlight and is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Admire its beauty and learn about the remarkable story of how and why it was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz. Return to Delhi by train at 7:30 PM, and get dropped off to your hotel or the airport. » book this tour

Delhi Things to do / Sightseeing

Lodi Gardens

Apart from exploring 500-year-old tombs, this large public park is scattered with ancient Mughal structures and is a very suitable and calm environment to hang around and take in the wonders of nature. Most people have picnics here with their families or loved ones while learning about the history of the garden.

Time required: 3 hours.

Airport to here: All it takes is 20 minutes to get here by taxi.

The Lotus Temple (Bahá’í House of Worship)

The appearance of the Lotus temple will satisfy your curiosity as soon as you lay eyes on the beautifully structured worshipping grounds for people of all religions designed in the form of the ever sacred lotus flower made of marble with the look of 27 petals of the flower. You walk through an ornamental garden where you drop your shoes in a secure shoe deposit room, then you’re guided on the do’s and don’t for an average of two minutes. You can now move into the sanctuary of pure silence and be here for as long as you want.

Time required: 3 to 4 hours.

Airport to here: It usually takes 25 minutes to get here by taxi.

Red Fort

The Mughal empire may replay right before your eyes as you explore the Red Fort made of sandstone carcass. Join the Republic Day celebrations here when the Prime Minister hoists the Tricolor if you can, for it is a sight to behold and look through the wares on sale in the Meena Bazar, once the exclusive domain of the ladies of the Mughal court.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: It takes 25 minutes to get here by taxi.

Qutab Minar

The historic Qutab Minar has its towering minaret which looks like an ornate factory chimney. The complex is filled with monuments that date back to many centuries. These monuments will be of the essence to any history, calligraphy or architecture.

Time required: 1 hour.

Airport to here: It will take an average of 15 minutes to get here by taxi.

Hauz Khas

Hauz Khas is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods and is one of the major tourist destinations in Delhi. It shows an atmosphere with a mix of rural and urban vibe and also known as “mehak ka chota quila”. The tourist site is surrounded by Green Park to the west and Gulmohar Park towards the north. Hauz Khas’ name started achieving recognition and appreciation from the presence of an ancient water reservoir by the same name.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: It takes about 20 minutes to reach here by taxi or 50 minutes by train.

Kingdom of dreams

As the main destination for all types of entertainment and art-based innovations, the Kingdom of Dreams was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Haryana and it was open to the public on 18th September 2010. The day of the opening witnessed the special preview of the much-awaited Bollywood musical “Zangoora” which portrayed the famous stars. Kingdom of Dream is one of the best amusement parks in Delhi to enjoy yourself.

Time required: 4 hours.

Airport to here: It usually takes 15 minutes to get here by taxi or 45 minutes by train.

Chandni Chowk

The English name for Chandni Chowk is moonlight square and is one of the busiest markets in Delhi. It is the oldest too. Almost all the items you want can be found here at the best rates too. Even though it was divided years ago into canals to reflect the moonlight, it is still acknowledged as the largest wholesale market in Delhi. Fancy buying everything on your list in just one place.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: It takes about 25 minutes to get here by taxi or 50 minutes by train.

Things to Do in Delhi Airport (DEL)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are many lounges in each terminal of the airport. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There are options for transit hotels and many other hotels close to the airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are designated rest areas with Comfortable lounge-style seating in the International Terminal as well as sleeping pods that can be booked.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: There is free WIFI available and connect to GMR Free Wi-Fi on your device.

SIM Card: There are several shops within the airport that sell SIM cards. » buy a global sim card for Delhi, India that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: There are postpaid radio taxis available around the clock just out the terminals.

Train: A high-speed rail has been launched to connect Central Delhi with the Delhi Airport. (more info).

Bus: Local buses operate between the airport's terminals and most parts of Delhi. (more info).

Shuttle: There are shuttle services that link the airport with other transport services.

Car rentals: Carzonrent provides car rental options such as self-drive car rental or chauffeur-driven cars and limousines for hire. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: A safe and secure parking facility is available at all terminals. You can book your parking slot online.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

There is a secure Left Luggage Room where passengers can store luggage for up to 30 days. » book a luggage storage or locker at Delhi Airport (DEL) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Delhi Airport (DEL) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks