From picture-perfect beaches and jungles teeming with wildlife to ancient temples and irresistible cuisine, the diverse traits of India will inspire and amaze you. Enter with an open mind, prepare for the unexpected and enjoy the journey of a lifetime. Most flights to India will begin in Delhi, where many travellers begin their adventure following the Golden Triangle. This popular holiday route is where you'll travel from Delhi to Agra to see the breathtaking Taj Mahal, before heading onto the city of Jaipur, affectionately known as 'the Pink City.'
Your India flight will set you down in one of the world’s largest, most diverse and most spectacular countries. From London, flights to Delhi take about 8 hours; to Bangalore about 9 hours 30 minutes; to Mumbai or Goa, around 9 hours.
Airlines that fly from the UK to India include:
- Air France
- British Airways
- Emirates Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- KLM Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
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Flights to Bangalore, Delhi, Goa and Mumbai are all available from the UK. The region's main international airports are Chhatrapati Shivaji International (BOM) in Mumbai and Delhi International Airport. If you’re exploring Northern India, opt to book your flight to Delhi, which is South Asia’s largest aviation hub and handles more than 46 million passengers a year.
It's impossible to discuss modern India without mentioning the British colonial period that was so central to the country's recent history. Beginning in 1772, Britain effectively had control of the whole country by the nineteenth century. It was Gandhi who achieved independence for India in August 1947. The legacy of the British rule is evident in many of the cities - including stunning examples of colonial architecture in New Delhi and Mumbai.
Travellers interested in the Raj should head to Rajasthan, where many beautiful palaces and forts stand as proud reminders of past dominance. Major cities of interest include Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur. The iconic Taj Mahal is located in Agra, just to the east of Rajasthan. Varanasi on the banks of the sacred Ganges River is also worth investigating.
For an entirely different Indian experience, consider chilling on the beaches of Goa or taking in the serene beauty of Kerala. On the other hand, head to the north and travel through the enchanting states of Punjab and Chandigarh. And there is also Calcutta, which received world-wide attention thanks to the late Mother Teresa.