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Starting today, you will be able to take a direct flight to the wonderful country of Isreal known for its religious sites and marvelous monuments. In a move to strengthen ties between the two countries, India’s state-run airline is introducing a direct New Delhi-Tel Aviv flight that will operate thrice a week. 50 per cent seats of the inaugural flight that leaves at 6.10 pm today are already booked. ALSO SEE Israel Records the Highest Number of Indian Tourists Also Read - Photos of Blue, Clear and Breathtaking Yamuna River Amid Coronavirus Lockdown go Viral

The flights between Delhi and Tel Aviv will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Starting March 25, the flight will leave at 4.50 pm (and not 6.10 pm like today’s inaugural flight) owing to the new summer schedule. Air India’s 256-seater Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used for operations on this route. Introductory return fares offered by Air India start from Rs 35,500. Also Read - 'Proud of You': Pakistan ATC Lauds Air India For COVID-19 Relief Flights

Mediterranean seaside of Tel Aviv. Beaches and old embankment (before restoration) view. Ancient Arab city of Jaffa or Yafo - the oldest part of Tel Aviv - Yafo on the horizon. Israel.

On its route to Tel Aviv, the flight will pass over Oman, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. It is worth noting that Israel’s national carrier El Al has direct flights between Tel Aviv and Mumbai but it takes around 2 hours longer as the flight is not allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia. With permission to fly over Saudi Arabia, the Air India flight takes a shorter route thus saving time. CHECK OUT Photos of Tel Aviv, Israel’s Very Own ‘Sin City’ and a World Unto Itself

Israel is one of the world’s most popular pilgrim destinations as it is considered to be the biblical Holy Land. The sacred sites located in Jerusalem make intriguing travel destinations for tourists from all over the world, especially those interested in history and religion. Tel Aviv is the financial hub of the country and attracts tourists on account of its brilliant architecture and beautiful beaches.