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What’s Flying in India Like? (Essential Guide: Best Airlines, Food, Cheap Tickets & More) #HowToRock

What’s Flying in India Like? (Essential Guide: Best Airlines, Food, Cheap Tickets & More) #HowToRock


I’m traveling from Delhi to Raipur in Chattisgarh today, and I’m gonna take you guys on the journey with me. I’ll show you how to fly domestically here in India, I’ll take you over everything you need to know like terminals, food, which airlines to use, how to book, everything okay? And actually, I have this travel board to visit every single Union Territory and state here in India, and I just got three more to go including Chattisgarh, Odisha and Lakshwadeep. Then I’ve visited every single state and UT here in India. Let’s get started now! Now guys, the first thing to note when you arrive at the airport, you can’t get through these gates without your Passport and your boarding pass. I know it’s a little bit different overseas but you’ve got to have the Passport and the boarding card or any kind of form of identification if you’re an Indian. But for a foreigner, it’s best to use your Passport. And actually, there are multiple terminals at for example, the Delhi and Mumbai airports. And, domestic flights leave from both these terminals. Domestic flights also leave from the International terminals, here in India. So it can get quite confusing, so here at Delhi, we have terminal 1, 2 and 3. Terminal 2 is a domestic airport and Terminal 3 is known as the International Airport, but domestic flights leave from the International Airport as well, okay? So, it can get confusing so just make sure you check what terminal you’re leaving from, okay? Today I’m leaving from Terminal 2, which is, the kind of official domestic terminal. Now once you’re in the airport, it’s really quite simple. You’ve got sign here in english, you’ve got the toilets over here and then you just have the check-in counters, just like normal. Just go and check-in, drop your bags off and enter security. So once you’ve got your boarding pass it’s really easy, it’s gonna show your ID and they’ll print your ticket up for you. Then you gotta come through security here and get your bag screened before you can get to the gate. Now once you’re through security, there’s usually a pretty good food court and pretty good shopping options here. You’ve got like McDonald’s, like PizzaHut, like Subway. Yep, then a bunch of shops as well. The foodcourt is really good at this Delhi domestic airport, but actually I always have a problem when I go for security. So, whenever I’m carrying my drone they always stop me, they always want to double check me just because of the drone. But I can confirm, you can carry a drone here on flights, it’s okay, but you will get extra scrutiny when you come for security, which is a pain. And actually some airports like Angola they will ask you to scan your check-in baggage as soon you enter the airport and then you hand that over to the check-in staff. So there’s like a double security at some airports. So let’s go find somewhere kind of quiet and sit down and talk about airlines here in India and which ones are safe to take. Now guys, you have to be very careful with what airline you choose here in India. There’s been a number of problems in the past for example, Kingfisher Airlines went bust and a lot of people lost their money including some of my friends who were staff there, they haven’t seen their pay-checks. And this guy Vijay Mallya, he has just run away to England. He’s a fugitive there and there are so many fugitives from India living in England actually. It’s a shame it takes so long to get them extradited here to India. It seems to be a safe haven for Indian fugitives, England. And also there’s another airline that came into financial problems recently, Jet Airways. Do not book with Jet Airways! They canceled my flight, but luckily I got a refund. But the airline, they’re gone, do not trust your money with them anymore. The best two airlines are probably Indigo and Vistara. Indigo is cheap, it’s usually on time and the service is pretty good. Then you’ve got Vistara and Vistara is, it’s a new airline, its a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Ratan Tata and Tata is a very very famous Industrialist here in India. He’s one of the richest people in India. Actually, he’s a Parsi guy. So be careful of what airlines you choose, you also have Air India and SpiceJet and Air India is famous for not being on time. Okay, so it’s a good carrier, never had issues with them, same with SpiceJet but I can vouch for Indigo and Vistara as being good airlines to take. When it comes to food options you can get a pizza here at 6 a.m. in the morning, but when it comes to airlines, only Air India and Vistara are gonna give you a free meal if it’s a longer flight, like over 90 minutes. Anything under that and they’re going to give you like a snack like peanuts and a drink. All the other airlines, they are going to charge you for food. You can buy like a masala chai for a 100 rupees, a sandwich for a 150 rupees. So, where to book the airline tickets? Well, you’ve got Cleartrip and MakeMyTrip.com. They’re going to charge you like a four hundred rupee convenience fee for booking with them, but I always book directly. So I booked this flight with Indigo and the best thing of booking directly is you can buy a flexi ticket. You can’t get flexi tickets on these other online portals and the flexi ticket allows me to change the date of my travel to whatever I want without paying any extra, you know, so that’s what I mean, I need that flexibility. So if you need flexibility, it’s only like a thousand rupees more to get that flexibility. Book directly through the airline’s websites. And you see there’s no kind of foolproof way to get cheaper tickets, okay, you have to book as far out as possible. That’s the only way I know, so one to two months before you travel domestically or internationally, like five or six months before you travel. That’s when you’re gonna get the cheapest airline prices. And I nearly forgot to mention, most domestic Indian airports have Wi-Fi, do not worry about that, guess they’ve become the most important thing these days for us, right ? Get here, download Netflix, watch it on the plane. People love to rush to their plane, I always wait till the end because what’s the point in standing there? Once everyone’s gone, then I board the plane. My seat is still gonna be there, right? It’s an allocated seat. So, what’s the point of standing there in the queue for so long, eh? We’re in the air now and air hostesses are bringing around the food options. And speaking about seating, I like to have the aisle seat and I always take the aisle seat if I can because it’s easy to get out, right, I can just grab my bag or go to the bathroom without having to push past people, and get out of the plane quicker as well. I’m fine with the middle seat that I’m in right now, it depends who you’re sitting next to. I’m sitting next to two great gentleman today, so there’s no issues but sometimes they will hold these arm rests, right and you might just get hurt, right? And, you’re kind of just stuck for the entire ride. So yeah, I find the aisle seat the most comfortable by far. Alright I’m here in Raipur, Ram Ram Raipur! What is up? You guys have a pretty nice airport too, its not bad! Pretty sweet! Now if you guys want to learn more about arriving at an Indian airport, I’ve got a video on it too. I arrived at New Delhi at 2:00 a.m in the morning which would be the most difficult time because you’re so jet-lagged. Go check that out! My channels got a bunch of tips for those of you coming here to India. And of course, go to indiasurvivalguide.com and get my QuickStart safety guide, so you can travel safely and confidently here in Incredible India! Jai Hind! And, enjoy your time.

100 thoughts on “What’s Flying in India Like? (Essential Guide: Best Airlines, Food, Cheap Tickets & More) #HowToRock”

  1. Update: I noticed I can now book flexible ticks via online resellers now. And in my latest price comparison, buying from a reseller was ₹2000 cheaper than booking directly with Vistara. Why Vistara Why? So, always shop around Dosto. Got any flight and booking tips? Comment below.

  2. Dear karl plz don't delete negative comments on india or indians. Let us see what they think about us maybe we can solve things up. 👍👍

  3. Hi Karl – My wife is visiting India next week. She is a Hindi speaking northern Indian who's family recently moved to Bangalore. She said she would love to meet you and Manisha and talk about northerners living in the South. Could make for a cool vid. 🙂

  4. 6:15 people try to get in the aircraft earlier bcoz if you go at the last, you might not find space in the overhead bin.

  5. Karl's videos are incomplete without 'Nahi chahiye ji' 😁😁

    Hey Karl, if you ever visit Nashik Maharashtra, if possible please buzz me
    We will have a 'Misal and chai' – Treat for you 😉

  6. U said u visited every UT but did u forgot to visit Chandigarh?? Please visit Chandigarh it is different from other indian cities and very green and friendly people

  7. Nice Video Karl. One more useful tip! Air India offers 25 kg luggage while others offers only give u 15 kg.

  8. Tonight I'm leaving for Tripura(my home) from Pune after almost 5 months and Karl just uploaded a video on Flying in India😊.

  9. Kingfisher Airlines went bust but it was a great airline from a traveler's perspective. I experienced it several times back when it was operational and can vouch that the service was top-notch.

  10. Domestic airport in delhi looks better then the international airport for food court. There is hardly anything in the delhi international airport

  11. The security requirement of presenting your passport and boarding pass as you go through the personal scanner is unique to India in my experience. Useful tip therefore not to put them in your check in luggage passing through the baggage scanner.
    Cheers

  12. Come to my city Chirimiri, Chhattisgarh, India. It's situated in the Northern part of Chhattisgarh in Koriya district.

  13. Sare dharmo ke jhande hata ke jis din hindustan ke jhande pure desh me lehraege us din mera desh apne ap mahan ban jaega

  14. I always wait till the end too to board a flight. Sometimes your seat is taken by an idiot wjo can read the seat number on their ticket but all good from thay

  15. One thing you'll experience:
    Every time a plane lands and comes to a halt every one lines up in the aisle as if there's a time bomb ticking inside the plane.

    What you should do:
    Just be in your seat and relax. You'll be ahead of most of them to reach the luggage belt 'cos you'll be getting onto the bus last and get out first.

  16. I always love flying on indigo when im going from chennai to dehli on vacation. Decent price, clean flights, and their brand is visually appealing. Sometimes there planes haven’t sold all their seats so you could move around and not feel cramped

  17. Karl! How do you do it? Being an Indian myself, I can’t even video call my friends in public because of how much Indians stare. Every single person was staring as they walked in & out of frame. How rude!

  18. We usually like to Q, early because the overhead luggage gets filled and we have to squeeze further away…gets difficult when leaving, and late if you have a connecting flight. Thanks for the informative video.

  19. Hi I have been watching your videos for a while and I’m indian and I’m going to go to India soon and maybe start like a food/travel vlog and you have helped me gain some knowledge

  20. Chintamani has finished already from the time I'm waiting . Any how it's good to see chhattisgarh blog on your chanel.

  21. quick comment on the first 2 mins.
    1. should have said that they need to check thier tickets to know which terminal their flight leaves. less confusing that way.
    2. Some flights (that seem domestic) may be heading international with a stop over within India (eg. Delhi-Mumbai-Dubai). Such flights are at international terminal (airline folks correct me if wrong). Indigo, Spicejet low cost carriers operate international route, though first that comes to mind is domestic.

  22. Bla bla bla … Why everyone likes India . I am Bangladeshi and i hate India and also my country …
    They r poor , moron, noob, and the culture i hate everything about India.
    I like other countries such as England,USA, UK, Japan , Chinese etc.

  23. Karl did you see that viral video of indigo ground staff beating up a passenger at some indian airport a few years back? And u still recommended them?

  24. Whatever you do, Indigo is also the worst!!! I play the harmonium and I took it to the airport, one of the carriers broke it. I mean I was able to put the pieces back, but why do something like that?

  25. You must change your script man coz you never visited Arunachal Pradesh your journey is incomplete STOP 🛑 LIES 🤥

  26. Karl come to Nagaland on the first week of December during hornbill festival..The largest festival in Nagaland nort-east.you'll also get to experience many things and not forgetting meat like pig,beef,dog n al.l😍😍

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