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The most convenient way to get to the capital of India is to take a direct Moscow — Delhi flight. The best money-saving option is to purchase a round-trip ticket. Flights arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (flight duration: about 6 hours). Please note that the best airfares to Delhi usually sell out quickly, so we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance.

Prior to 1911, the capital of India was Calcutta (now Kolkata), but Delhi has always played an important role in the political and financial life of the country — the British Raj at the time. This city is the true treasure trove of the Ancient Orient. According to India’s Ministry of Culture, Delhi is home to over 60,000 monuments of world importance, including some which are thousands of years old. The main part of New Delhi was developed during the 20th century, designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens.

To some Delhi may seem overcrowded, bustling and not very comfortable, but not many can resist the beauty of its architectural masterpieces and uncanny charm. It is a place of harmonious fusion of two worlds — old and new — where ancient palaces and temples stand juxtaposed with modern hotels and shopping centres.

General flight information Moscow   Delhi

Distance between cities

4 342 km

Time difference in winter

+ 5 h 30 min

Time difference in summer

+ 5 h 30 min

Average flight time

6 h

What to see

Start exploring Delhi from the historical part of the city and head to the Chandni Chowk district. It is one of the liveliest places in the Indian capital, replete with people, cars, scooters, bikes, carriages and even local cows all moving in a single colourful crowd. This is also the site of the oldest market in Delhi, where you can buy absolutely anything from food and clothes to jewelry and electronics.

Any excursion should include a visit to Humayun’s Tomb — the place where the Emperor of the dynasty of the Great Mughals lies interred and one of the monumental sites of the city. The construction began in 1562 and lasted 8 years. The mausoleum is a magnificent structure built of red sandstone, decorated with white marble and surrounded by a garden with water pools, canals and fountains. It set a precedent for royal mausoleums, with its pinnacle being the Taj Mahal. The tomb is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Another monument to the Mughals is the Red Fort, or the Lāl Qila. The citadel was constructed in 1648 and got its name from the massive enclosing walls of red sandstone.

The symbol of New Delhi can rightfully be considered the India Gate. Erected in 1931 in commemoration of those who fell in WWI and the Anglo-Afghan wars, the arch is 42 metres tall and made of red and yellow sandstone. The gate is engraved with the names of the fallen. In 1971, after the end of the third Indo-Pakistani War, the India Gate became the site of India’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame. The monument is deeply honoured by the Delhiites, and during the Independence Day on 26 January, a military parade procession passes through the gate.

An interesting and unique site (in both its architecture and significance) is the Lotus Temple — a Bahá'í House of Worship. It is constructed of white marble in the shape of a gigantic blooming lotus, and its design drew inspiration from the concept of the Sydney Opera House — a fusion of natural shapes and functionality. The temple is very popular among the tourists of all religious views. According to the Bahá'í doctrine, anyone can pray in the temple to any deity and in any manner they deem proper.