For sure it's a rush of people outside of the airport; I wasn't quite sure where to go in at first! Once inside do be sure to have a good book or something to occupy you as there's not much to do (or even eat...)Nor, until you have checked in and gone through security, are there many seats. Off the top of my head, I'd guess the figure is approximately 40 in the entire departure area.
There is no way for non-passengers to get inside the Delhi airport, so they will have to say goodbye to you from outside.
The Delhi airport is not fancy, so in terms of what is available for the passenger once they are inside the airport, just a food stall or two where you can get a drink and a veggie patty or something, but not a whole lot more than that.
There is now a Nirula's in departures (after security) which does hot food and a range of drinks. It's insanely popular, being the only place after security to do food (Subway's is post-immigration but pre-security). But it's better than nothing, which is what was there before.
I do actually like Delhi aiport in a weird way and will be a bit sorry when the new one's built. It's stepping off the plane to that odd mix of jet fuel, smoke, and incense- it smells like Delhi- and the old, dated immigration hall. It's all associated with that sense of anticipation now.
The new airport looks like any other international airport. In fact it's very similar to Bangkok's new airport. Ho hum.
Last time I looked it was a bare patch of earth. That was 6 months ago. I expect it ain't much different now! The new terminal is due for completion in 2010 for the Commonwealth Games, I believe.
I shall be arriving Delhi at night (2:00am ) from London and my next flight to Kolkata is in the morning, so can I stay inside the exit terminal of Delhi airport for the rest of hpurs(I mean till morning), is that safe??
Kindly response to this email , as I have never been to Delhi airpot earlier.