Delhi Series: Featuring stories, places of visit and pictures from my 3 years living in the capital of India, New Delhi
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Delhi Series Part 4 ~ Dilli Haat
Favorite Hang-out Place
Dilli Haat is a Indian cultural food cum crafts market based in South Delhi. It is run by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation. Dilli Haat is a one stop-shop with many arts and crafts venues with a plethora of food stalls, music, dance and cultural festivals all year round.
This place was my favorite hang out for every other weekend in my 3 years in Delhi. Its too bad the pictures I have of this amazing place is either very grainy or written all over with love notes from pals. While living in Delhi, there was only 1 Dilli Haat.
Dilli Haat is like a kaleidoscope. Just like India. Every food stall, crafts and arts center will give you a glimpse of multicultural India.
Dilli Haat is a must visit on your trip to Delhi. Its currently open in 2 locations – I.N.A Market and Pitampura (opened in 2008)
Entry Fee – There is a nominal entry fee at the gate (ranging from 20-40 rupees). Security checks are conducted at gate.
One of my favorites – knick-knacks like Rajathani key chains, bangles, accessories boxes. I own quite of few of these and they have flew with me wherever I go. Very Bohemian. And Chic
Food, food and more food. Dilli Haat has food stalls from all states (provinces) of India – all to suit your taste and budget.
You can eat gul-gappas (street food – Flour, Spiced water, Onions, Potatoes, Chickpeas), dal-bhati-churma, goan fish curry and rice, rajma-chawal (pinto beans and rice) and of course butter chicken and naan (bread).
My Favorite: Momos and spicy chutney with Coke/fruit beer. Sikkim or Manipur food stalls were my go to place in Dilli Haat (INA Market). Nagaland food stall sold the amazing chilli pork!
Every now and then Dilli Haat hosts local artists, musicians and other cultural fests. I remember attending a fest that showcased spiced pickle and traditional mouth fresheners.
I admire Dilli Haat as it allows local artists to showcase their art and expand their network. Mehndi artists, hair braiders, caricature artists, artists who can write your name on a rice!
Its amazing to see such talents.
- Learn more about Dilli Haat here
- Entry fee applies
- Timings – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (all days open)
- Must Visit for – Culinary, Arts, Crafts, Shopping