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Like they say, the destination is but the end of the journey. You’ll get there eventually, so make the most of the time it takes to do so – even if caught inside airport terminals.Read the full post.

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Surviving delays at Delhi's T3

  1. 1. Surviving Delays At Delhi’s T3Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go on a long vacation or an official trip somewhere to the west ofwhere you are, several thousand miles away and you’re looking forward to getting acquainted with newplaces, people and customs. If your destination is anywhere more than half a day, chances are you willhave to change flights at a mid-point destination as not all airlines that operate out of India offer directflights. Add to this the sun that refuses to rise and set at the same time all over the world, and you’relooking at what a high percentage of travellers deem tedious, cumbersome and a darned waste of time –the layover.Or let’s say your schedule is planned right down to the last detail, and you are a stickler for time andpunctuality ranks high in your list of virtues. You arrive at the airport well in time for your flight and aregreeted with the dreaded D word – your flight is delayed by a considerable amount of time, owing totechnical glitches, the weather, disgruntled airline staff or plain fate. How do you last the hours that standbetween you and your journey?Relax – it doesn’t have to be so gloomy. Delhi’s T3, one of India’s premier airports, sees many delaysowing to early morning fog in winters and has come up with many options to while away time while notfeeling the exhaustion that travel usually brings with it.For one, there’s no dearth of shopping options within the terminal. Perfumes and liquor rank high on ashopper’s duty-free agenda, and T3 stocks up on a variety of items to fulfil your specific shopping needs –top perfume and cosmetic brands like Lanvin, Chanel, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, to name a few, as wellas all the Johnnie Walkers and Jack Daniels you need to stock your home bar with. Next up are thosewonderful chocolatiers and confectionary shops, who thoughtfully stock up on divine chocolates that youdon’t usually get to see or buy in regular shops – truffle chocolates, liqueur chocolates, mint chocolates,nougat or nut-filled ones, so many to choose from. For those looking forward to take home uniquelyIndian products, there’s a slew of “Discover India” souvenirs like Ayurvedic products, home-grown teafrom the hills of Assam and Darjeeling, wooden artefacts and curios, as well as a “Gandhi” range ofaccessories, among others.If you’re not looking forward to airline food, the terminal has a range of eateries to indulge your palate.The T3 has different joints in its international and domestic terminals – cafes, quick service restaurants aswell as pastry and dessert outlets. If you’re not a chocoholic, or a shopaholic, for that matter, there are twobook stores, Odyssey and W H Smith, easily locatable inside the terminal. For the traveler slashbibliophile, there is no greater heaven on earth than airport bookstores.
  2. 2. Airport bookstores usually stock up on current bestsellers, all time greats, magazines, travelogues, andsome rare books as well, so you can browse for hours together in a space of a couple hundred square feetand not get bored. And if you do land your hands on a book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time,you will not even feel the tedium of having to wait for your flight.For passengers with special privileges, airlines will have designated lounge areas that serve plushcomfort, where you can relax and catch up on some sleep before being airborne. And for those who traveleconomy, there are always those rows upon rows of semi-comfortable seats and chairs that you can reston, or if you’re not too tired and don’t have too much baggage to lug around, take a walk through theaisles and observe other travellers trying to catch a few winks, have animated conversations or studiouslyavoid eye contact. If you’re willing to indulge, the T3 terminal offers the Plaza premium lounge. Thelounge has many options for relaxation in between flights that include spa treatments, shower rooms andnapping rooms.The T3 terminal recently announced the launch of the snooze cabin, labelling it a “boon for transitpassengers”. Only a handful of international airports offer this to their passengers the world over. Thesnooze cabin in T3 comes with a napping bed, a working table for laptops, wi-fi connectivity, a flat screentelevision and a DVD player for an overall home-away-from-home experience, at a nominal fee of Rs 315or $7 per hour.Most international airports have several terminals that are inter-connected by shuttles or inter-terminalescalators, so you’ll have quite a bit of ground to cover. If you have a long layover, you could check outwhat the terminal has to offer end-to-end. If the confines of the terminal are not for you, however, andyou have a good 8-10 hours to kill, you might want to consider opting for a transit visa. With this, you canget out into the sunshine and explore a bit of the city. This will give you one more peg on the world travelchart you dutifully update every time you travel.Airport layovers and delays have become somewhat of a norm in today’s hectic times, and might soonbecome the order of the day, (at least in Delhi). But the time between flights or before a flight doesn’tnecessary have to be time to kill. There are many ways you can enjoy these hours – all that is required isan active imagination, an adventurer’s spirit and a never-say-never attitude.Like they say, the destination is but the end of the journey. You’ll get there eventually, so make the mostof the time it takes to do so – even if caught inside airport terminals.Know more about us and to book your holidays visit: http://www.makemytrip.com/ or call us at 1860-500-5566

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