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Note

It's strongly recommended not to travel to Kashmir and Jammur, areas of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab near the border or areas of Ladakh close to the Line of Control because of political unrest. For additional information,seek official advice.

Air

India’s national airline is Air India (AI). British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly to India from the United Kingdom; United Airlines and Delta Airlines fly from the United States of America.

Approximate flight times:

From London

To Delhi- 9 hours.
To Kolkata (Calcutta)- 12 hours.
To Chennai-12 hours 30 minutes.
To Mumbai 9 hours.

From Los Angeles

To Delhi- 25 hours 30 minutes.

From New York

To Delhi - 18 hours.

From Singapore

To Delhi- 5 hours.

From Sydney

To Delhi-10 hours.

International airports

Each airport that is listed below have currency exchange facilities, tourist information, and hotel reservation services:

Delhi (DEL) (Indra Gandhi International) is located 21 kilometres (13 miles) south of the city (travel time – 45 minutes). It's possible to travel to the city by coach, bus or taxi. There are restaurants, banks/bureaux de change, 24-hour duty-free shops, post office, and car hire.

Mumbai (BOM) is located 29 kilometres (18 miles) north of the city (travel time – 50-75 minutes). Taxis to the city are available, and fares should have a fixed rate from the airport to the city. Public transport is also offered in the form of the EATS bus service and local buses. Facilities include a bank/bureau de change, restaurant, 24-hour post office, nursery, and shops.

Kolkata (Calcutta) (CCU) is located 13 kilometres (8 miles) northeast of the city (travel time – 40-70 minutes). A 24-hour coach service operates to Indian Airlines city branch and major hotels. A bus departs every ten minutes 05:30-22:00. Taxi services also go to the city. There is a 24-hour post office, 24-hour bank, restaurant, bars, and duty-free shops and available.

Chennai (MAA) is located 14 kilometres (9 miles) southwest of the city (travel time – 20 minutes). A coach meets all flights arriving between 09:00-23:00. A train runs every 20-30 minutes from 05:00-23:00. Bus number 18A runs every 25 minutes from 05:00-22:00. Taxi services is available to the city.

Departure tax: £10. (£8 for neighboring countries only).

Sea

The primary passenger ports are Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata (Calcutta), Chennai, Calicut, Panaji (Goa) and Rameswaram (the main departure location for the crossing to Sri Lanka; passenger services are currently suspended due to the political climate in Sri Lanka). Many international shipping firms also serve Indian ports and several cruise lines. However, no regular passenger liners operate to South-East Asia.

Departure tax: Seaports levy the following departure tax:

RS150 (for journeys to Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).

RS500 (all other destinations).

Rail

This section gives details of the main overland routes to nearby countries (where borders are open); usually, these will involve road as well as rail travel. Check India Tourism for details, as they may be subject to change (see Contact section).

Connections to Pakistan
Presently only available between Amritsar and Lahore (New Delhi–Amritsar–Lahore–Hyderabad–Karachi).

Connections to Nepal
The most practical and popular mode of travel to Nepal is by train to Raxaul (Bihar) and then by bus to Kathmandu or by train to Gorakphur (or by bus if arriving from Varanasi), then by bus to Kathmandu crossing the border at Sunauli. Also, by train to Nantanwa (UP) and then by bus to Kathmandu/Pokhara, or Bhairawa to Lumbini for Pokhara. It is also possible to cross from Darjeeling by bus to Kathmandu across the southern lowlands.

Connections to Bhutan
The best way to travel to Bhutan is by train to Siliguri, then bus to Phuntsholing. An airlink is available from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Paro by Druk Air.

Connections to Bangladesh
The best way to Bangladesh is Kolkata (Calcutta) to Bongaon (West Bengal) by train, rickshaw over the border to Benapol, with connections through Khulna or Jessore to Dhaka. An alternative route is from Darjeeling via Siliguri, then by rail or bus from Jalpaiguri to Haldibari.

Presently no land borders are open between India and Myanmar or India and China.

Road

The overland route between Europe to India has become very popular, however travellers should have current information about border crossings, visa requirements and the political situation en route.

The most popular border crossings to India are Sunauli (for Delhi and northwest India), Kakarbhitta (for Darjeeling) and Birganj (for Kolkata (Calcutta) and east India). Amritsar is currently open for overland crossings into Lahore (Pakistan).

Many adventure holiday’ companies organize overland tours and buses to India. A bus service between New Delhi and Lahore (Pakistan) has recently started operating (the 1st one in 50 years). The trip takes approximately 10 hours and there are four return trips available weekly. For information on this and other overland journeys to nearby countries, contact India Tourism (see Contact section).
Useful travel links
Airports-India information about airports in India
Delhi-International Airport information on Indra Gandhi International Airport
Hot Spots air security international daily reports
IATA international air transport association
Indian Airlines information on Indian Airlines