Flights to Benin - The Homeland of Voodoo
A treasure trove of historical sites, national parks, and exotic beaches, Benin is an amazing country in West Africa. Interestingly, voodoo is practiced by many people in this land. Home to the Dahomey Kingdom, the palatial ruins still exist as a testimony to the royal era. Be a part of all the merrymaking which takes place in Ouidah during the National Voodoo Day, held in January. Porto Novo, the capital city, is known for its museums and local markets selling traditional goods. Once known as the Slave Coast because of the slave trade held here by foreign traders, this African country is on the path of rebuilding itself.
Best time to visit Benin
Tropical climate with two rainy seasons mark the weather conditions of Benin. Explore the country from November to February when there is low humidity and a pleasant, dry weather. Based on the climatic zones, there will be slight changes in weather in the northern, central, and southern regions. Vaccination for Yellow Fever is a must for travelers visiting Benin.
How to reach Benin
Now fly to Cadjehoun Airport in Cotonou with top domestic and international airlines such as Air India, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Jet Airways. As non-stop flight services from India are not available to Benin, the flight will stop over at Addis Ababa, Mumbai, and Istanbul. Travel around the country by buses, bush taxis, cars, motorcycle taxis, or trains.
Where to stay in Benin
Guest houses, specialty lodging, and hotels are readily available in Benin. Enjoy staying at the hotels in Porto-Novo, Ouidah, Cotonou, and Grand Popo at just INR 1,700, INR 2,600, INR 2,900, and INR 2,300, respectively. The amenities provided include free Wi-Fi, beach view, free breakfast, and swimming pool facilities.
Must-visit places in Benin
Popular places in Benin include Cotonou, Pendjari National Park, Ouidah, and Porto-Novo. Zinsou Foundation (dedicated to African art), Artisanal Center, Marche Dantokpa (open-air market), and Fidjrosse Beach are the top attractions of Cotonou, which is also a prominent shopping hub. Visit the Pendjari National Park in Benin, famous for its flora and fauna that includes elephants, lions, hippopotamuses, buffalos, and antelopes. Do not miss the Royal Palaces of Abomey which were once the capital of Kingdom of Dahomey and witness the beauty of the traditional architectural style and the museums housing various antiquities. In Ouidah, take a tour around Ouidah Museum of History and Basilique de l'Immaculée Conception. The "Door of No Return" in Ouidah marks the memory of slave trade treaty. A walk through the Slave Route will be a shuddering reminder of the inhuman treatment shown towards citizens of Benin during the Dahomey rule. The capital city, Porto-Novo, enchants travelers along with the Honme Museum (earlier a royal residence), The Temple of the Sacred Python, Sao Joao Batista Museum of Voodoo, and Musée Da Silva.
Must-buys in Benin
Believed to be the birthplace of voodoo, Benin is the ideal place to shop for fetishes, potions, and traditional medicines. Scout the local shops in Marche Dantokpa for goodies like masks and carved drums to gift your near and dear ones.
What to eat in Benin
Relish the flavors of delicious vegetarian dishes made with yams, corn, couscous, rice, and beans. The major food items of Benin are Wagasi Cheese, Acaraje (a dish made from peas), Aloko (fried plantain), and Fufu (mashed yams). Sample Beninese millet beer called Choukachou and Sodabi (made from wine palm).
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Benin?
The airlines which offer cheap air tickets to Benin are Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Jet Airways.
•What is the time difference between India and Benin?
India is ahead of Benin by 4 hours and 30 minutes.
•What is the average time taken to reach Cotonou from major Indian cities?
Bangalore to Cotonou: 18 hours and 40 minutes
Chennai to Cotonou: 20 hours and 20 minutes
Mumbai to Cotonou: 12 hours and 5 minutes
New Delhi to Cotonou: 14 hours and 15 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Beninfrom Indian cities?
The major layover airports for connecting flights from Indian cities to Benin are Addis Ababa, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
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