Lotus Temple, Delhi, India. Pictures from a plane window

23 Breathtaking Aerial Pictures From A Plane Window

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Pictures from a plane window give a surprising aerial view of the landscape (and of course, a different perspective of the place). For this, me & and my camera, both remain ready during flight take-offs & landings.

Here are some selected pictures taken from a plane window, amongst several attempts, across various travels. ALL photographs in this article are clicked by me.

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1.  Batam Island, Indonesia – From a Plane Window

Batam Island, Indonesia. Pictures from a plane window
Batam Island, Indonesia (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Singapore ➜ San Fransisco flight.

This is ”Funtasy Island Resort” (official name is Pulau Manis). It’s a part of Batam Island, Indonesia, and its natural beauty is just breathtaking.
This is just a speedboat ride away from Singapore.

2.  Doha, Qatar – Night view

Doha, Qatar, Night. Pictures from a aeroplane window
Doha, Qatar at Night (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Larnaca ➜ Doha flight.

The capital of Qatar, Doha, located on the coast of the Persian Gulf. It is an emergent financial center in the Middle East & a host to many venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A night shot from the aeroplane window.

3.  Dwarka sub-city, Delhi

Dwarka, Delhi, India, Pictures from a plane window
Dwarka (Sector 11,12), Delhi, India, with Delhi-Metro stations (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Bagdogra ➜ Delhi flight.
Dwarka, Delhi. Pictures from a flight window
Green Dwarka (Sector-22), Delhi, India (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Delhi ➜ Bengaluru flight.

A primarily residential, well-planned, sub-city of New Delhi, with marked spaces for commercial, health, education, and entertainment hubs, Dwarka also has a designated diplomatic enclave and a mega convention center. The pictures from a plane window show its planned structure.

It Is also stated to be the largest sub-city in Asia.
The blue-coloured structures are Delhi-Metro stations.

4.  Hong Kong, (HKSAR)

Hong Kong city. Shots from a plane window
Hong Kong – Nga Ying Chau, Kwai Chung Park, Tsing Yi Bridge areas (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Taipei ➜ Hong Kong flight.
Hong Kong city. Clicks from a plane window
Hong Kong – Stonecutters Bridge, Chun Fa Lok, Nam Wan Kok (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Hong Kong ➜ Chengdu flight.

Hong Kong is officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the PRC (HKSAR). The whole territory was transferred from Britain to China in 1997.

  • It is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
  • Hong Kong also boasts of the highest usage of public transport in the world.
  • The city also has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world.

5.  Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan. Pictures from an aeroplane window
Mount Fuji, Japan . (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Tokyo ➜ Delhi flight.

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano & the country’s tallest peak (3,776 m above the sea level) and people lovingly call it “Fuji-san”. It is about 100 km south of Tokyo.

It’s been a pilgrimage site and a sacred mountain for centuries, and summit hikes still remain a popular activity. It is also the subject of numerous works of art.

6.  Lotus Temple, Delhi

Lotus Temple, Delhi, India. Pictures from a flight window.
Lotus Temple, Delhi, India . (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Guwahati ➜ Delhi flight.

The Lotus Temple in the south of Delhi is a Baháʼí House of Worship, that was built in 1986. It is famous for its flowerlike shape and is a prominent attraction in the city.
Like all Baháʼí Houses of Worship, this too is open to all, regardless of religion.

It was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba and constructed by L&T.
It subsequently received several awards globally & notable in professional architecture and fine art.

7.  Dubai, UAE

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Clicks from a plane window,
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Sao Paolo ➜ Dubai flight.

Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is known for luxury shopping and ultramodern architecture.
After diversification from oil, Dubai’s economy is now spread across trade, tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.
Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai. Shots from a plane window
Burj Al Arab, Dubai (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Dubai ➜ Brussels flight.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai is one of the most expensive hotels in the world and dominates the coast. (2nd image).

8.  Kolkata, India

Howrah Bridge, Kolkata, India. Pictures from an aeroplane window
Howrah Bridge, Kolkata, India . (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Bengaluru ➜ Kolkata flight.

Iconic Howrah-Bridge on Hoogly river (Kolkata, India) also called the ‘Rabindra Setu’ was built in 1943.

The red building on the right side of the bridge is the Howrah railway station, the primary railway station of Kolkata that was built in 1854.
At the top of the picture, is the famous Eden Gardens, Cricket Stadium. Between 1987-2011, this stadium could hold more than one lac spectators.

Local train in Kolkata suburb. Pictures from a plane window
Local train in Kolkata suburb (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Kolkata ➜ Goa flight.

A local train snaking through a lush-green suburb of Kolkata, India. Additionally, local trains are the primary means of transport around Kolkata and its suburbs.

9.  Delhi, India

Hauz Khas forest, Delhi. Snaps from a plane window
Hauz Khas forest, lake and village, Delhi (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Goa ➜ Delhi flight.

Hauz-Khas Village (Delhi, India)
A party hub of Delhi with loads of restaurants and club-joints, adjacent to a lake and a Deer-park. This view is a fresh-perspective of the (many) urban green spaces of Delhi. The aerial pictures from a plane window show the diversity of Delhi.

Delhi Faridabad Border. Shots from an aeroplane window
Delhi-Faridabad Border (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Kolkata ➜ Delhi flight.

A contrast of new and old!! 
An expressway at Delhi-Faridabad border, India.

Nehru Place, Delhi. Clicks from a flight window.
Nehru Place, Delhi and INOX Nehru Place Cinama hall (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Beijing ➜ Delhi flight.

Nehru-Place, Delhi, India. 
This is a large commercial and business center in south Delhi being the hub of computer and small-scale IT services.
The ‘Nehru Place’ metro station of DMRC violet line is visible in the front. The red building is the INOX Nehru Place (previously Satyam) cinema hall.

10.      Venice, Italy

Venice, Bridge, Italy. Clicks from a plane window.
Venice, Bridge, Italy (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Moscow ➜ Venice flight.

A rail + road bridge connection with mainland Italy. This provides a vital connectivity to Venice, which is a collection of 100 small islands. 

Venice, City, Italy. Snaps from a plane window
Venice, City, Italy (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Moscow ➜ Venice flight.

Venice now receives over 20 million tourists per year. Although the native population of Venice has decreased from 120,000 to 60,000 in the last 50 years.

11.      Kashmir, India

Srinagar, Kashmir, India. Clicks from a an aeroplane window.
Srinagar, Kashmir, India (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Delhi ➜ Srinagar flight.

This picture was taken just before approaching the Srinagar city, which is in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River.

Kashmir is bestowed by natural beauty. Many poets and travellers have quoted the region as being a heaven on earth.

Kashmir Himalayas, Pir Panjal Range. Pictures from the sky.
Snow capped Himalayas in Kashmir, India (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Srinagar ➜ Delhi flight.

This is the snow-capped Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayan region. Its elevation goes till about 4,000 m (~13,000 ft).

Some mega infrastructure items of Pir Panjal range …

  • Jawahar Tunnel, 2.5 km long,  under the Banihal pass, from Banihal to Qazigund.
  • Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel, 8.45 km long, at more depth for all-weather connectivity.
  • Atal Tunnel, 8.8 km long in the eastern Pir Panjal range, on the Leh-Manali Highway.
  • Banihal Railway Tunnel 11 km long, part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla railway project.

12.      Boston, USA

Boston, US - picture from a plane window
Boston, US (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Boston ➜ Abu Dhabi flight.

Boston is the most populous city of Massachusetts, United States, Historically, it was a key center of the American Revolution against the British. Today it hosts numerous world-class colleges and universities. Thus making it a world leader in higher education.

13.      Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia. Clicks from the sky.
Outskirts of Moscow, Russia (Photo by: Arindam Sarkar)
From Delhi ➜ Moscow flight.

An early morning view of outskirts of Moscow, shrouded in fog.

Moscow suburb jetty. Pictures from a plane window
A jetty on Moscow Canal (Klyazma River)
From Milan ➜ Moscow flight.

A beautiful Jetty near Moscow Canal. The summers are beautiful time to enjoy outdoor activities here.

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Alakananda Bhattacharya

Amazing shots and the fact that they’re clicked from a plane window makes them even more outstanding. Gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing. Kolkata, Lotus Temple, Indonesia, Doha and Kashmir are my favourites.

Seetha Iyer
Seetha Iyer
3 years ago

These look so cool. I never clicked any pic from my flight window but I am always awake to never miss the beautiful scenes. I remember how it looked awesome while landing in Cochin, over a canopy of coconut trees. Really loved the article. Thank you.

3 years ago

Loved the photos …. Specially Fuji san , Lotus temple , Moscow and Howrah bridge …Nice of you to share …

Sandrine Bardot
3 years ago

Breathtaking ! Thank you for sharing

Prof. Meenal Mishra
Prof. Meenal Mishra
1 year ago

Thankyou Arindam for sharing amazing aerial photographs

4 months ago

Great collection. I really liked the Moscow shot. Maybe the Dwarka one could have been better.