Safdarjung Airport (formerly Willingdon Airfield and main Delhi airport), DelhiSafdarjung Airport (formerly Willingdon Airfield and main Delhi airport), Delhi

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    This airport seems to be only localy renown. This is a cool Explo!
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      Cool description and tips Bolino!
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      Useful information is ok. But can you tell if we can enter in the airport?
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This almost-abandoned airport is now located in the very center of the indian capital city, Delhi, placing it in a unique urban configuration.

My experience, Explo description: 

It used to be known as Willingdon Airfield and served as Delhi's main airport until a new site was chosen, when urbanization was surrounding the old airport.

According the the indian authorities, the airport is still in use, although no one observes air traffic.
Aicrafts are told to be very careful when landing and taking off since there is an elevated flyover at the beginning of the airstrip.

In "Tintin in Tibet", part of the famous comic book series, when Captain Haddock, Snowy and Tintin have a stop-over in India, they depart from Willingdon Airfield (now Safdarjung Airport).

My personal recommendations: 

It is best viewed from the flyover on Aurobindo Marg, which passes over the airport in a very unique urban configuration.

How getting there: 

At a walking distance from the nice and famous Lodi Garden and the Safdarjung tomb, in the posh areas of Delhi.
Ask your autorickshaw driver to go to Lodi Garden or Safdarjung tomb, then to take Aurobindo Marg heading south. The first flyover will be over the airport.

A tip to eat: 

You will definitly have go to the AIIMS tourist market. Although the market has been made for tourists, it is very close, and you can find food corners offering many different asian food, including good "momos" (tibetan stuff pastas).

A tip to sleep: 

Delhi don't offer good hostel deals in the south of the city. You will have to stay in the touristic area, Pahar Ganj.

There is one acceptable deal in East of Kailash, though.