to Delhi from Europe and onward to Kathmandu

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To cut our cost on airline tickets I consider getting a budget ticket to Delhi and to combine it with some hopefully connecting onward flight to Kathmandu.

Question is: Can this be done on transit, i.e. staying withing the International terminal, thus doing without a visa? I reckon this might pose a problem if for instance the flight to Kathmandu leaves from, say, the domestic terminal.

For autumn it could save us at least 200-250/head.
My explanation is that competition regarding flights to India due to high demand from NRIs etc. results in lower rates as opposed to destination KTM where mostly foreignesr (for trekking or cultural programmes) head for.

Could anyone knowledgable clear this up for me, please?
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Sadly I can't answer your question, but if such savings are possible, why not get an e visa anyway? Depending on your length of stay, and return plans of course!

Edit: (Oops, just checked and see you are quite an experienced traveller... Please excuse me, sometimes I confuse my habit of "stating the obvious" with "dispensing pearls of wisdom".)

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I believe you will need a visa - mainly for baggage. If you check luggage on your flight from Europe), you will need to claim and check it in for the onward flight. The baggage claim is after visa control. There is a slim possibility that you are able to check it through to KTM but unlikely if that's not part of the same ticket.

Otherwise, it's not a bad idea that I too am considering. There is a in-terminal hotel where one can get some rest in between.

PS: The flight will likely leave from the same terminal...
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Could anyone knowledgable clear this up for me, please?
TLI = (Too little information)

Need information on Airlines to be used and the layover. There have been people who have transited at DEL to go to, and from KTM. DO a search on Indiamike.
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Why on earth would a Delhi-Kathmandu flight leave from domestic terminals? It won't which may help your cause.

If you have an onward ticket with the airline you arrived India with or with a code share partner and checked baggage through to Kathmandu its possible but confirm with the airline before purchasing.
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You need to give exact info on the connecting flights and the ticket, as was said above.

If 1 ticket and with luggage checked through to KTM, yes, then it is possible. However, if I were you I'd request an e-Visa anyway. If something goes wrong with the connecting flight (it's been known to happen with flights to KTM) then at least you have the option to get out. Take a close look at operators and reliability of the connecting flight. You reason in terms of potential savings but who knows, there might be a good reason why people choose to pay 200 Euro/person more in order to avoid this connection. Free lunches are few and far between.
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Those questions would not be raised by me if we had already chosen or booked respective airline connections.
I thought I had pointed out sufficiently that I am still in the phase of collecting info and planning.
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Originally Posted by Hochwieskopf View Post Those questions would not be raised by me if we had already chosen or booked respective airline connections.
I thought I had pointed out sufficiently that I am still in the phase of collecting info and planning.
This is an open ended question with no specific answer. Yes it can be done, and also no, it is risk-prone. Use matrix or other meta search engines to get an optimum solution. Checked baggage is an impediment with some airline pairs.
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I too thought that Hochwieskopf's situation was clear. He/she wants to buy two separate tickets - one from Europe to DEL and another from DEL to KTM. Unless it is the same airline - being able to check the luggage through is at best reliant on the discretion of the check-in staff and cannot be relied upon. Hence my advice earlier.

We are facing a very similar situation this coming December. We have already bought tickets on Delta - SLC-CDG-DEL. Subsequently decided to proceed straight to Pokhara for a bit of hiking before returning to DEL to see family.

The plan is to buy a return ticket DEL-KTM-DEL (KTM-PKR-KTM will need to be separate). The main choices are Jet Airways or Air India. We too would like if we could check some of our luggage direct to KTM. Is that even possible? Delta does have a partnership with Jet Airways, but not sure if that will help. I am Diamond on Delta and we are flying Business class, so the check-in agent will be nice to us but not sure if it is even worth asking. If there is an issue with baggage to DEL, we might be better off finding that out and addressing it there...

Any advice?
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post I am Diamond on Delta and we are flying Business class, so the check-in agent will be nice to us but not sure if it is even worth asking. If there is an issue with baggage to DEL, we might be better off finding that out and addressing it there...

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I would have said definitely yes ! But, as you know, DL has trashed its skymiles program and benefits. Along with it, also leeway to how it treats its skyteam partners (horribly) let alone other alliance airlines.

Your pickle comes from the fact that DL has stopped flying to India totally, and depends on KLM/AF to take you there.

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Single-ticket and Multi-ticket Examples
Single ticket example:

Ticket 1 - ATL-LAX on a Delta flight connecting to another airline operating LAX-NRT.
Delta Policy: Delta will check the baggage from ATL to LAX to NRT.

Multi-ticket example:

Ticket 1 – ATL-LAX on a Delta flight
Ticket 2 – LAX-NRT on a different airline
Delta policy: Delta will check the baggage for the ATL to LAX flight only. Upon the flight’s arrival at LAX, the passenger will then need to collect the baggage at the Delta baggage claim and then proceed to check it with the down-line carrier for the next flight LAX to NRT.
Your earliest flight out of DEL is AI at 740AM and 9W flight is at 1040AM. So minimum layover is about 8 hours if you fly AI. If both of you have OCI cards, then go out and recheck, or risk the transit lounge and see if the AI/Jet will fetch the bags for you.

There are two transit hotels outside T3 arrival, landside if you want to rest and freshen up and take Jet Airways.
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Thank you! Your advice matches my general take of what might be sensible and practical. It is perhaps not worth it to bother about checking the luggage to KTM. I have seen airline agents go beyond the policy in this regard, but doesn't seem worth it.

Like you say, we have a minimum of 8 hour stay, and with OCI - the visa is not a concern. My wife refuses to get on a 7:30 AM flight after arriving into DEL at a late hour, and I have used all my chips in convincing her to agree to hike to ABC where the night temperatures may go down to -20C . So, we are probably going to take a nicer hotel - Marriott or Holiday Inn (surprisingly good) at around IGI - and take a flight around 10:40 AM.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post Marriott or Holiday Inn (surprisingly good) at around IGI - and take a flight around 10:40 AM.
Unless you have status with either, or an affinity card; I would suggest you look into Pullman or Novotel, both are part of Accor Group. Since you plan to checkin at an Aerocity hotel, might as well the 9W flight at 1330 !
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I have status with both Marriott and IHG - and it might be a free stay

Do you think staying in Aerocity will add a lot of time? The only reason I am avoiding Holiday Inn at IGI T3 is that the reviews are quite poor, whereas we have stayed in both Marriott and Holiday Inn and they are both quite good.

PS: Hoping to make it to PKR the same day, so 10:40 AM is the latest that gives us that possibility.
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About 10 minutes. The IHG/Holiday Inn at Aerocity is OK (There is one Holiday Inn at T3 too) Same for JWM. Both are in the same compound of Aerocity. I have not stayed in either, but my friends have. DEL is final destination for me, so I have no occasion to do a staycation at either.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post ...DEL is final destination for me, so I have no occasion to do a staycation at either.
Us too, but my wife does not appreciate getting into a long cab ride at 1 AM in the morning on arrival, not to mention waking the family up at that hour. I think it is a way to avoid the bucket baths for one extra day

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