Do I need to book domestic flights in advance?

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1. Posted by prookie (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I will be traveling in India and Nepal and would like to visit the extreme North and South of India. I was going to just book the flights to the southern states when I arrived in Delhi to Bangalore or Mysore but see that the flights are booking up fast, on the internet anyways, along with the prices, (going up)

My question is: Is it better to book early or will it be okay if I wait? I want to avoid having to hang around Delhi for 3-4 extra days waiting for a seat. I will be going in August.

thanks in advance!


2. Posted by gypsichief (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hii how r u....well, i recomennd u book ur filghts at lest a few days in advance as flights get filled up specially the ones connecting the important cities....
i am in delhi for a few months now till september first week when i go backpacking in europe ....if u wanna meet up for a cup of coffee or drink send me a message....(i have written a pvt.msg too)
will show u around ( dont know the city that very well but quite abit i guess)....else, happy traveling n have fun..
i am heading for bangalore too via mumbai (for a couple of weeks)before i come bac to catch da flight to europe

take care

3. Posted by pressi (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Have you tried, i have been told that prices are much constant for a long time.

Also these days there are loads of offer for Delhi- Bangalore. But for Mysore you can travel by Road/Rail from Bangalore which shouldn't take you more than 2-3 hours. It is cheaper to fly to bangalore than Mysore as Mysore is a small city compared to bangalore and there ar lots of flights in a day to bangalore.

I would suggest to book early to save time any money otherwise you will have run to a travel agent to get you a ticket with confirmed seat.

You can always get a ticket in the last 3-4 days but will have to pay full fare i suppose it is approx Rs 14,000

Hope this helps you.


4. Posted by amrithas (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have heard that sometimes flights get filled. If you are looking for a cheaper flight then Spicejet is one of the low-fare airlines. Their website is

5. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi . . august is not a heavy travel season .. the rush starts with the school/college/festival holidays in october... so getting a seat will not be a problem . . also as there are a plethora of domestic airlines . . however, as any other airline system . . the costs increase as you book nearer to the day of travel . . always helps if you book a little early.

low cost airlines are

mid priced would be

then u have the best connected network i guess
& indian airlines

enjoy ur trip

6. Posted by prookie (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your help! I will follow up on all your suggestions.


7. Posted by gurdeep101 (Budding Member 46 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

the earlier you book the cheaper it is. Thats true for airlines the world over...

havent heard of situations where seats arent avail unless you book in less than 24 hrs from take off

Suggest you travel by train as much as poss. India is a country where the landscape, the culture and the people change every 100 miles or so...a train trip would serve to put things in perspective.

you can book train tickets on However train tickets are know to run out soon. so try to book atleast 2-3 weeks in advance

Have a blast


8. Posted by tvlmonitor (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!




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