Travelling for me is not only going on a road trip, or taking a flight, bus or train. You can just hop onto your backyard and still learn something new about your home city. One such trip was going for an Aero India Show in 2015. That was the year I was living in Bangalore for a project. I lived in Bangalore for about a year and tried to visit as many places as I could.
Aero India is an air show and aviation exhibition organized every alternate year by Defence Exhibition Organisation, Indian Ministry of Defence. The exhibition had just finished its 10th edition in February of 2017 and it is organized at Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bangalore, every time.
In 2019, the Aero India Show will begin on 20th February and end on 24th February.
The Air Force station was quite far from my house in Bangalore, even though earlier in this article I said travelling isn’t about things like a road trip, it really was quite a road trip! It took us 2 hours to reach the venue, and another 1.5 hours to finally park our car and head towards the exhibition ground. What awaited us was perfectly charming and worth all the wait.
There was an exhibition of aircraft from across the world and flypasts and air formations by amazing pilots. It felt like a celebration of aircraft all around. But my favourite part is displayed in the pictures I took.
How to reach the Aero India Show
The Aero India Show is organized in the city of Bangalore, easily reachable by domestic and international flights, and trains and roads from most parts of India.
As mentioned earlier, it always takes place at the Yelahanka Air Force Station. Yelahanka is an area in Bangalore; while it is a bit far from many other areas of residence in the core city of Bangalore, it is quite close to the airport (19-23 km).
A word of caution, when you are going for the Aero India Show , try NOT TO take your own vehicle.
Take a cab or bus to reach the venue, as it takes a really long time to park it and then take it out afterwards. Just to give you a real picture, the activity of parking our car and then taking it out took us 4.5 hours. From the parking lot or main entry gate, you can take buses designated to take you to the exhibition area and back.
Second word of caution, Bangalore is infamous for traffic snarls, depending on which area of Bangalore you are leaving from, plan your departure in advance.
What to pack
- A cap and sunscreen to save you from the sun
- Water bottle for hydration
- There are a lot of security checkpoints, so make sure to carry your ID proofs.
- And lots of enthusiasm! You will witness the pure finesse of flying.
How to book
You can easily book your seats online through Aero India website. As the show takes place in an Air Force station, there will we a lot of information required from visitors for security purposes, so please cooperate.
Overall, have fun and enjoy the show!
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