Flights to India
India is a large country in South Asia with the second highest population in the world. It is a country of great contrasts, world famous architecture, ancient civilisations and hundreds of languages and with recent development it is growing to become one of the largest economies in the world.
Being such a large country there are multiple entry points for visitors flying from South Africa, though the two most popular cities to catch a flight to in India are Delhi and Mumbai.
From Johannesburg, numerous airlines fly to Delhi, all with one stop. Choose from Etihad flying via Abu Dhabi, Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, South African Airways via Dubai, Emirates via Dubai and Air Mauritius via Mauritius.
Another option is to fly from Cape Town. Flights are available to both Delhi and Mumbai. For flight purposes, Mumbai is often still referred top as its former name, Bombay. Several airlines fly from Cape Town to Bombay, amongst these are Emirates with one stop in Dubai. Most other airlines fly via Johannesburg first.
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The Tourist Attractions of India:
As India is such a large country it would be impossible to detail all of its tourist attractions here, so instead here are just a few of the highlights of India which visitors should first head for:
The Taj Mahal
The first place many visitors to India want to see is the Taj Mahal, and there’s no doubt that this should be top of your places to visit! This stunning and huge building is situated in the city of Agra. It was built between 1631 and 1648 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, and is constructed of white marble. In addition to the “Crown Palace” (the translation of Taj Mahal) are the beautiful grounds and complex which surrounds it. These include several other impressive buildings as well as ornamental gardens, reflecting pools and more.
Whilst you’re in Agra, a visit to Agra Fort is also recommended. This impressive palace fortress has been standing for longer than the Taj Mahal as it was built between 1565 and 1571. The walls are constructed mainly of red sandstone and on a clear day you can see the Taj Mahal from here.
The city of Delhi is the largest city in northern India, and one part of it, called New Delhi is the capital of India. Delhi is an important city and one of the oldest in the world hence it’s no surprise that there are many historical sites here for visitors to enjoy. One of Delhi’s top attractions is the Red Fort. This is similar in many ways to Agra Fort though is in fact in a worse state of repair than the fort at Agra. Red Fort was built by the emperor Shah Jehan and completed in 1648. Delhi has many other impressive and important structures too including Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Complex and the India Gate monument.
The Golden Temple
The Golden Temple, in the city of Amritsar, is to Sikhs what Mecca is to Muslims. Whatever your religion you are welcome here though and free to wander around the huge and awe-inspiring complex.
Away from the huge and busy cities, Goa gives visitors a lighter introduction to India and is a wonderful destination for those looking for a different kind of beach holiday. But, if you want to combine the beach with some culture, Goa has a good selection of this too!
When Should You Visit?:
India suffers from two monsoons – the southwest and the northeast. The southwest monsoon affects most of the country and occurs between June and September, whilst the northeast monsoon hits from October to February.
During the summer temperatures are high across the country. In places like Goa, winter temperatures are also very mild, remaining at around 25C.