Flight from Delhi to Helsinki

As I wrote a few days back in the Finnish blog, Finnair will increase flights between Finland and India starting in July 2020, and that the flights will become daily. The reason for this is the lower demand for flights to China and increased demand for traffic to India. To celebrate this news, I made the following video of my Finnair flight from India to Finland. Take a look at what a flight from Delhi to Helsinki looks like and enjoy the sceneries –

In the video you will first get to see the Finnair plane at the Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi. The airplane had cameras on the front and bottom of the plane, allowing the passenger to easily see what was holding the aircraft when we were not moving. That is, if you weren’t more interested in watching the movies from your tv. At an Indian airport, it is quite normal for an airplane to have to queue up for quite a long time for its own turn to take off to the sky .

At the time of the filming of this video, it was an ordinary sunny January winter day in India. As the airplane climbs to the heights, the viewer can see how the landscapes and Delhi’s cloud of pollution fall behind. If you have been wondering from where that pollution is coming to Delhi in the winter time, it is largely related to the farmers burning the fields in the autumn, near-by Delhi.

As can be seen in this video, the plane flew over 11 kilometers high and the speed was 877km per hour. The flight from Delhi to Helsinki took altogether seven hours with the queues.

The most wonderful thing about this video is that when it arrives in Finland, the islands and other landscapes are beautifully covered with snow. It’s been totally different this winter 2019-2020, when Helsinki and the capital area of Finland have been completely snow-free. Luckily I took time to film this video last winter, just in case if the Gulf of Finland would never freeze and have snow again. Not that I really believe it would happen, but the climate talk makes you wonder.

The video you saw of the return flight from Delhi to Helsinki is a trailer video, and if you want to see a full-length video on the same subject, subscribe to my YouTube channel! I just noticed that my YouTube channel has only 30 subscribers but over 23000 views because the videos are embedded in various blogs and social media channels. This really eats any author’s resources, as advertising revenue is only generated when a YouTube channel has thousand subscribers. So if you want to see the full length Delhi-to-Helsinki -video and many other unique travel-related videos from India and around the world, do subscribe INDIVUE’s YouTube channel!

Cost of the video trailer

You probably started wondering how much resources it is one needs to make this 1.5 minute video trailer, for example, and I can open it up a bit for you. The price is the same regardless of whether the creator is, for example Finnish or Indian, when working hours and commission are not calculated.

First of all, the cheapest flights between Helsinki and Delhi are currently, at the beginning of this decade, about 560e, when they are booked well in advance. If you have to take a flight as a sudden departure, the price will easily double or even triple. This is for the economy class prices. In the business class, the price is counted in thousands of euros, and unfortunately ordinary artists cannot afford to travel in the business class. Although I’m sure a business-class would not always lead to better videos for any air-line.

A flight from Helsinki to Delhi arrives early in the morning, and if you don’t want to save on lodging costs by hanging out at the airport until your return flight, then you need to pay the hotel, taxi and the food at least for one night. Plus, the cost of the visa, travel insurance and other running expenses such as a paid bottled drinking water, would cost you around 330e for one night in a good quality hotel in Delhi.

You will also need good hardware to make a good quality video. Nowadays, a cellphone can be on when the plane is landing, in the airplane mode though, and good quality image can be obtained even with a pro-level smartphone. Those seem to cost around 1150e currently in Finland, which is in EU. On top of that, a pro-level laptop comes with 1300e with which your video can be made and saved.

So the running costs for this 1.5 minute video with these minimum expenses thus came to well over 3300e. You might think that one can save with the hotel expense and choose some cheap hotel or hostel, which will do in some cases. But if you’re a female blogger, vlogger, content creator or an Instagrammer, you might want to choose the safest and easiest option – four star hotel that is.

Note – the calculation does not include the cost of the movies you could watch in the airplane for free and then later on rent from iTunes, since you were so busy capturing the beautiful sceneries and clouds outside. A few other things get also excluded, such as the author’s home rental and other insurances, or the blog server rental. I might write about those later, but for now I just wanted to open up the cost of blogging and content creation a bit, and thereby increase the value of that work, so that the reader understands and rejoices the luxury of reading a blog for free.

But, back to lighter issues, and back to Delhi and India

Check the video that answers to your question, what did Delhi look like last winter.

See also a video of what Delhi looks like in the summer, before the monsoon.

And if you want to see what Finnair’s flights between Helsinki and Delhi looked like in spring 2007, when the direct flights between Finland and India originally started, then subscribe the INDIVUE YouTube channel and blog and maybe one day I’ll show it!

25 ways to travel in India

INDIVUE’s travelblog started in 2005, both in Finnish and in English, and now in 2019 it is time to start the INDIVUE IGTV.

The first video of INDIVUE IGTV is called The 25 ways to travel in India. It is having some 25 behind the scenes -videos about how the trips and blogging in India has been made.

The video starts with the photographer, ie me, walking on the stones of Cabo De Rama in Goa. In the next scene you can see landing in Mumbai during sunset time.

After landing in Mumbai comes the floating scene from the sea in front of the Gateway of India. That scene was captured when I was on my way to the Elephanta Caves in 2006. From there the video takes you up all the way to Rishikesh and on the bridge crossing the river Ganges.

After Rishikesh comes the camel ride in Agra and from there the video takes you to Delhi and Qtub Minar. At this point I truly recommend you have the sound on the video. Then you can hear all the wonderful Indian birds singing in the background.

From Delhi the video goes back to more North of India and it takes you to a ride in a taxi right in the middle of the typical Indian traffic there, more than ten years back. After that the video goes with a cable car to the top of Mansa Devi in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

From Mansa Devi the video goes back to Delhi and you can see a local bus and local traffic there. After that another ride takes you to the India Gate in Delhi. It is by the way a similar type of monument you saw in Mumbai in the beginning of this video.

From India Gate in Delhi the video jumps up to a beach in South Goa. On that Goan beach you can see tanned Westerners riding bicycles on the beach. After that the trip continues with a rickshaw in Goa and then from Margao bus-stand it jumps all the way to the other side of India, and to a rickshaw ride in Chennai.

In the middle of the video you are taken back to Margao, and to the local train station. There you can hear a water seller at work while people are waiting for the train. The next scene takes you far to Jaipur, where you can see Jal Mahal in the night time while walking by the water.

From Jaipur the video takes you to the high hilly roads of North India and from there back to landing in Goa. After that the video jumps again from the West coast of India to a coastal road in East India and from South-East India and Tamil Nadu it goes back to North and Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

Next scene comes from train ride somewhere in-between Chennai to Goa. After that the video takes you in the middle of the night time traffic in Jaipur. From Jaipur the trip continues with a horse ride in Agra and from there through the air you’re taken back to the West coast of India, and in the middle of the Fleamarket in Anjuna. Last scenes of the video come from the lovely small roads of Goa and the video ends up with a scene lost in Chennai.

This was the content of this video 25 ways to travel in India, broadly spoken. Enjoy your watching experience also with volume and hear all the authentic sounds from India, uncut.

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Video: Holiday in Goa and the menu for tourist

Here’s a video I made of the trip to Goa, India, in January 2019. The video focuses on the good Indian food I was happy to experience. It will tell you the good foods to try out in case you’re travelling to Goa. Take a look –

My flight was through Delhi, so delicious hints from the Delhi domestic airport and Delhi international airport will also be shared.

The restaurants from South Goa featured in this video were Portofino, Sagar Kinara and German Bakery, in addition to some beach shack restaurants on the Goan beaches.

The video visits also in local shops and fruit stalls in South Goa and even a sweet shop in Margao, the capital of South Goa.

The Indian sweets mentioned in the video are milk cake, imarti and an extremely delicious velvety smooth Gulab Jammu from Kolkata that practically melts in your mouth when you take a bite. See, so that you know what a tasty Gulab Jammu looks like.

I was happy to notice that in some local shops in South Goa one was able to find some organic products also. Especially some nuts and atta. And also gluten-free atta made from quinoa. Combined with psyllium, one was able to make gluten-free rotis out of quinoa atta.

Another thing I was happy about was a South Indian dish poha, which was sold without unhealthy preservatives in the Indian domestic flight from Goa to Delhi.

Notice that this video comes with subtitles, which will give you more information in either English, Finnish or Swedish. 

You can choose the language you prefer from the Youtube settings.

This video is also part of the Travel Opus to Goa – do check it out as well and subscribe for the new updates!

Travel Opus to India will tell you more about travelling in India itself.