Tourist Attractions – Most Beautiful Airports In India
India, undoubtedly is blessed with many and one of the most beautiful airports both domestic as well as international, which are not only stunning in its look but very efficient and offer an unrivalled ambience that charms both domestic and foreign travelers.
It is said that Life is a journey, not a destination. Also that some journeys can only be as beautiful as their destination. However, a beautiful journey can begin only if it is a comfortable, safe and enjoyable journey which makes the entire trip truly memorable.
Every great journey begins right at the point where we board our travel vehicle. If one is travelling by flight, there are a few airports in India which are very beautiful and can easily take a spot as a tourist destination in itself.
Some are known for their breath-taking location, some for its interior and décor and some for amazing facilities, here’s a list of 6 most beautiful airports in India that stand out from the rest and are definitely worth visiting.
Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi # 1
Indira Gandhi International Airport, at Palam in Delhi in undoubtedly the one of the most beautifully designed airports in India. In 2017, along with Mumbai Airport, it was recognized as the “World’s Best Airport” at Airport Service Quality Awards.
Sprawling on 5106 acres and serving 80 airlines that fly to it, it is the busiest airport, bustling in every minute in every hour. As far as passenger traffic is concerned, this airport is the busiest in India, 6th busiest in Asia and 17th busiest in the world.
The airport has five terminals, including the ones for chartered and cargo flights. Being the busiest airport, a special Airport Collaborative Decision Making system is used to regulate takeoffs and landings in a timely manner.
In 2015, at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, it was awarded The Best Airport in Central Asia and Best Airport Staff in Central Asia.
The airport is not only aesthetically beautiful but offers numerous facilities to ensure you have a very comfortable, relaxing and luxurious journey.
It captures the essence of the country’s culture and offers a glimpse into its past. The interior is a mix of different textures and bright colors.
It has sleeping pods, upscale and casual dining options, cab services, and shopping outlets for some of the most renowned domestic and international brands. This is undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful airports in India.
Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Ladakh # 2
Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh, Ladakh, is a stunning landing site at 3256 m above sea level. Its name is inspired by a famous Indian monk. It is the world’s 23rd highest commercial airport, with uninterrupted view of the Great Himalayan Mountain Ranges.
This surely makes it a a memorable landing spot. With strict security measures, this airport is one of the most beautiful and scenic airports in India.
There are several airlines operating from the airport including GoAir, Air India, Vistara, SpiceJet and IndiGo fly to Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu
To avoid the strong mountain winds, all flights arrive and take off in the mornings. The airport has a beautiful café, one can enjoy your tea/ coffee while gazing at the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas.
Here you will find baggage services, tea and café counters as well restaurants. To get to the city, you can either take a bus or a taxi from the airport.
Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair # 3
This is the main airport located in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman Islands. It was previously known as Port Blair Airport. However, in 2002 it was renamed after the famous freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
With lush green landscape surrounding the airport, the landing spot offers a breath-taking view and an overwhelming experience. Undoubtedly, this airport is one of the most beautiful airports in India.
The airport shares its facilities with Indian Navy’s, INS Utkrosh. Except for the civilian terminal, which is managed by the AAI, other air traffic operations are carried out by the Indian Navy.
A single runway of 3290 m can accommodate aircrafts like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. There is one terminal that can hold 400 passengers.
This airport is served by IndiGo, Vistara, Air India, GoAir and SpiceJet flights and they fly to Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai # 4
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Sahar, Mumbai is recognized as the “World’s Best Airport” at Airport Service Quality Awards in 2017, is the second busiest airport in India with both passenger and cargo traffic.
Sprawling an area of 1850 acres, with 3 terminals (terminal 1 for domestic and terminal 2 for both domestic and international flights), one can drive between terminals in approx..15-20 minutes.
Undoubtedly, this airport is one of the most beautiful airports in India which has been designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM). Its design has been inspired by the national bird peacock and integrated into the mushroom columns that support the aiports (terminal 2) huge canopy. The interior of the terminal displays colourful and gorgeous intricate local art work.
Its not just the design of the airport that is amazingly beautiful, but the airport offers many amazing facilities as well. With lounges offering everything , from a bar and shower area of fine dining as well as a library and business center, thus ensuring you have a wonderful journey ahead.
From the airport one can hire a cab or board a bus to get to any part of the Mumbai city.
Cochin International Airport, Kochi # 5
The first completely solar powered airport in the world, Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery, Kerala, is one of the most beautiful and the 8th busiest airport in India.
With lush green views during descent, the airport (terminal 3) has been designed in its traditional Kerala architectural style. Undoubtedly, this airport is one of the most beautiful airports in India.
With 3 terminals at your service, 2 for domestic and 1 for international, this airport boasts of having sprawling shopping complex covering an area of 50,000 sq.ft, many VIP lounges, prayer rooms, family lounge, smoking lounges, food courts to satisfy every taste bud, over 80 check-in and over 80 immigration counters.
For expats in the Middle East, this airport is a key departure point. People who wish to visit important pilgrimage places in Kerala can avail special air taxi services.
Cochin International Airport is a recipient of the Champion of the Earth Award from the United Nations in 2018.
Agatti Airport, Lakshadweep # 6
Located in the union territory of Lakshadweep, Agatti Island Airport is the only airstrip in the archipelago. It is also one of the most picturesque airports in the country, offering you an unforgettable experience. A unique visual treat.
Spread over 45.9 acres, the airport is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful stunning blue waters on all sides by endless ocean.
The runway measures 1204 m long and can hold maximum 50 passengers. Alliance Air connects the island to Bangalore, Kochi.
Undoubtedly, this airport is one of the most beautiful airports in India.
FAQs About Airports In India
Who controls all airports in India?
Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India, (AERA) a statutory body of Government of India established on 12 May 2009.
Who made first airport in India?
In 1928, JRD Tata founded the first airport in India. It was in 1932 that, India’s first scheduled commercial postal service, landed at Juhu’s aerodrome. Juhu was the city’s main airport up until World War II.