In Transit: Delhi Duty Free and Dreamliners

As is the case with most people, before a vacation, the excitement begins to build up and one can’t stop thinking about all the things that one is going to see, do and discover at the destination. I am travelling to Sydney, Australia, this year and I can’t describe how excited I am. I have visited Australia several times before and I can safely say that this country is on my top ten must-visit countries list. (We will leave that list to another blog post). But being the aviation and travel geek that I am, this time around, I was excited about the journey TO my destination. And here’s why. I specifically chose to fly via Delhi because I wanted to experience Air India’s swanky new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as they now have a direct flight from Delhi to Sydney – Delhi, being a short 1.5 hour flight away from my home in Mumbai.

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Air India’s brand new Dreamliner Boeing 787

After an uneventful Mumbai-Delhi trip on a magnificent Air India Boeing 777-300ER, which, interestingly enough, was headed to Shanghai after dropping us Oz-bound passengers off at the capital city’s SUPER CHIC Terminal 3. I had four hours to kill and did I dread it? Absolutely not? Besides factoring in time to spot all the airplanes from the huge glass galleries of Terminal 3, I also decided to spend some time at the Delhi Duty Free. Now here’s the thing, I am usually an avid duty free shopper, scotch in Singapore, perfumes in Dubai, chocolates in Brussels, cosmetics in Paris and gourmet products at Harrod’s in Heathrow, London. I’ve never really been impressed by what was on offer at Indian international airports and this is not the time and place to tell you why. I had read rave reviews about Delhi Duty Free and, hence, was more than happy to spend time before boarding my Dreamliner, browsing through this ‘mall in a terminal’.

First of all, I love how the duty free is centred around this huge, airy atrium with bright natural light, during the day, giving you a feeling of space, unlike many major duty frees.

The shops are clearly divided into different sections — perfumes, cosmetics, confectionary, liquor, tobacco, Discover India, Fashion and Electronics.

My two favourite sections are, needless to say, fashion and electroics.

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Delhi Duty Free

So as I go through Delhi Duty Free while waiting to board my flight, I decided to compile a list of my favourite things (some of them I bought, others I included into my list anyway). Here is UrbanEye’s TOP PICKS for any Duty Free Shopper.

Liquor: People on the other end of your have most probably ‘booked’ their stash of liquor. Or you might even want to carry a bottle of your favourite tipple to enjoy while on your vacation. My family back in Australia asked me for some whisky and champagne. Here’s what I chose…

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Ballantine’s 21 YO Whisky
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My favourite champagne: Krug

I was also impressed at the selection of cosmetics and grooming products. I also spotted two of my regular products. Here are the #groomingguru picks

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Shiseido Men’s Moisturising Emulsion: One of the most effective men’s moisturisers out there, in my opinion.
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Boss by Hugo Boss Shower Gel. Carry this with me wherever I go.
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And while we’re on the subject of grooming, I can’t go through ANY duty free, without picking up a bottle of cologne. This time, I was merely replenishing my supply and my choice was Burberry for Men.
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Because I was boarding a 13 hour flight, I couldn’t resist the temptation of buying a packet of my favourite #AirplanceIndulgence snack, Toblerone Minis.

When I travel, more than clothes, my bags are packed with my favourite travel gizmos. I can’t imagine being far from my wires and gadgets. I have an entire collection of travel speakers and I had no need for any more. But I just couldn’t resist this JBL On Tour Micro II travel speaker. Needless to say, the sound reproduction is FAB!

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JBL On Tour Micro II travel speaker

And here’s what I DIDN’T buy but I’m still going to put it on my TOP PICKS list.

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Hugo Boss’s signature white shirts. I like the idea of a luxury brand selling shirts at a Duty Free. They’re just perfect for a business traveller needing a fresh set of shirts while jetsetting across the globe.
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Swarovski Crystal Ball Point Pen, $20.
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Skullcandy 2.0 Uprock Headphones(Love the blue) $28.
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Mont Blanc Limited Edition John Lennon pen (this costs a whopping $ 885 but if you’re a luxury pen collector, this one’s a keeper)

With my carry-on luggage full, I had one hour to go. I needed a caffeine rush, so I got myself a cappuccino from the nearby Starbucks and sat down to this view.

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Three Air India Dreamliners in a row with destinations Sydney, Paris, Birmingham and Frankfurt. And one B777 off to London How exciting!

It was time for me to board my Dreamliner now. I have to say that I quite enjoyed my transit at Delhi’s Terminal 3 and at Delhi Duty Free.

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Bon Voyage…and here’s my home for the next 13 hours…

 

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And we’re on our way…

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