Business Class to India
India is a spectacularly diverse country located in South Asia. It’s the second-most populous country in the world with over 1.2 billion people and the seventh-largest country by area. Considered to be one of the world’s most multidimensional places, India has much to offer from beautiful beaches, to wildlife safaris. India is a great place to visit for a business trip, but know there are many important things to consider when doing business, and you may need to alter your approach, depending on whom you are doing business with.
However, before you can do any business in India, you’ll have to find a reasonable fight, and we can help you book the lowest cost business class flight to India.
Arriving at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport
Air travel to India has grown significantly in recent years, and as a result, India has increased capacity for international flights with the addition of new airports like Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. This airport has world-class facilities and handles around 7 million flights a year. However, the busiest airport in India is Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, handling about 34 million passengers a year and is likely the airport you’ll fly into as a business traveler.
Booking a private car or taxi will probably be the best way for you to travel from the airport to your final destination. The trip from the airport to the city usually is about 30 to 45 minutes, but the traffic from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to the city can be very congested and delay a regular one-hour drive to the city, making it a two-hour trip or more.
Passport and Visa Requirements
You will need a valid passport and visa to enter India. Make sure the passport is valid for at least 90 days and review the website Embassy of India for specific visa requirements. Americans are required to have the proper visa and will likely need a business visa for the trip.
Doing Business in India
India is a very diverse and complex country with different languages and social taboos that will need to be navigated. Hindi is the official and most widely spoken language in India, but many of the states have their own official language. Nevertheless, English is the common language for business.
In India, there are still social taboos that you need to understand and respect to have successful business interactions. For example, elders are highly respected and caste rankings still play a major role in business dealings. Like the caste system, there are certain cultural things that need to be understood or considered when doing business in India. Here are a few general tips.
- Men and women should dress conservatively and try not to wear leather belts or handbags, as the cow is considered a sacred animal in India.
- Try not to point your feet at anyone, as feet are considered unclean. If you happen to step on someone’s shoe or if your shoe touches anyone, apologize immediately.
- You may be presented with a gift at a meeting; accept the hospitality. Giving and receiving gifts tie into religious and spiritual beliefs in India. It may also behoove you to have a small gift to give as well.
- Arrive on time, but know that culturally, India takes a more relaxed approach and meetings may start late. Also understand that family takes priority over business and sometimes meetings will be canceled for personal reasons.
Things to do in India
There is much to do in India, and much to see. In fact, there is much more than you can experience in a single trip, especially since your primary purpose will be business. With that said, if you have some downtime, you may want to visit one of the beautiful beaches or visit the Taj Mahal. It’s kind of hard to leave India without visiting one of the most popular attractions in the world, but the Taj Mahal is just the tip of the iceberg. Describing places in India like the Valley of Flowers as “beautiful” is a huge understatement and something you’ll just have to experience to understand.
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