Majnu ka Tilla - Little Tibet in Delhi

Majnu ka Tila is a Tibetan market and colony, located near the North Campus in Delhi. Popular as Little Tibet in Delhi, it is known for some amazing restaurants and cafes, Tibetan market and Majnu ka Tilla gurdwara. MKT, as it is popularly known, is swamped (almost at all times) mostly with college students and tourists. With its labyrinthian alleys, tiny swaying Tibet flags and tinker of the prayer bells, Majnu ka Tilla is like mini Dharamsala in Delhi. Here you will also find several eateries, boutique shops, apparel stores and more selling traditional merchandise, clothes and souvenirs etc. 

Cafes at Majnu ka Tilla

1. Ama Cafe

Ama Cafe
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Ama Cafe is the most popular restaurant at Majnu ka Tilla. It is known for its savoury and sweet dishes and attractive interior. A warm and cosy cafe, it is spread over 3 floors with comfortable seating. 
Rating: 4.5/5
Meal for Two: INR 500
Must Try Dishes: Pancakes, big veggie burger, double cheese veg sandwich, colf coffee, cafe mocha, Himalayan hot dalle chilli cheese fries, Apple pie with ice cream
Timings: 7:00 AM - 9:45 PM

2. Himalayan Restaurant

Himalayan Restaurant
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Himalayan Cafe is another loved cafe in Majnu ka Tila. Boasting of a two-tier building, the cafe serves authentic Tibetan food that includes tempura, wonton, thukpa, thenthuk, shaptak and more. The walls are also adorned with paintings that tell the long lost tales of the Himalayas.
Rating: 3.75/5
Meal for Two: INR 500
Must Try Dishes: Devil’s Buff, Chicken clay pot. Chicken Sizzler, Thukpa
Timings: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

3. Kori’s Cafe & Restaurant

Kori's Cafe & Restaurant
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Kori’s Cafe & Restaurant is known for its amazing Korean cuisine that is backed by mellow Korean beats playing in the background. The restaurant also has a number of books to keep you occupied while you sit here devouring a meal. In addition to that, the cafe has amazing food and beverages that you can relish.
Rating: 4.25/5
Meal for Two: INR 1000
Must Try Dishes: Fish Katsu, Dosirak (Korean Thali), Ramen
Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

4. Koko Restaurant

Koko Restaurant
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Having a warm ambience with both indoor and outdoor seating, also floor seating and table seating, Koko Restaurant is known for its Chinese and Tibetan food. Also, try their amazing beverages and yummy desserts.
Rating: 3/5
Meal for Two: INR 600
Must Try Dishes: Ginger Lemon Tea, Chilly Garlic Noodles, Momos
Timings: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

5. Dolma House

Dolma House
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Dolma House is a restaurant cum guest house that is known for its delectable food. Although the ambience of the food may not be very top-notch the delicious food, especially momos make up for everything. Mostly known for the ‘best momos’ in the region, the cafe has a warm and friendly vibe.
Rating: 4/5
Meal for Two: INR 400
Must Try Dishes: Rut Chose Chicken Thukpa, Buff momos, Virgin Mojito
Timings: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

6. Asian House

Asian House
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Asian House is a cosy cafe tucked in one of the narrow lanes of the market and is known for its sumptuous Asian cuisine. The specialities of this place include piping hot thukpa and fruit beer.
Meal for Two: INR 500
Must Try Dishes: Momos, Thukpa, Fruit Beer
Timings: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

7. Tee Dee Restaurant

Tee Dee Restaurant
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Tee Dee is another popular cafe in Majnu ka Tila. It is known for Tibetan, Chinese and North Indian cuisine. Besides, it is also value for money as they serve good potions of food and that too in reasonable prices.
Meal for Two: INR 500
Must Try Dishes: Shabalay, Thenthuk, Tingmo, Shapta, Apple Beer
Timings: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Majnu ka Tilla Market

Majnu Ki Tila
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Crazy shopaholics visit Majnu ka Tilla as it is known for its eccentric fashion garments, footwear and jewellery that are considered to be major fashion goals. Other than trendy clothes and shoes, you can also buy handicrafts, books, shawls, tapestries, souvenirs and other knick-knacks. The market has wondrous objects of purchase available, ranging from neon touristy T-shirts to beaded anklets, cute flip-flops, denim, amazing shoes, leather products, trendy accessories and duplicate products of big brands like Gucci, Nike, Puma, Adidas etc. 

Majnu ka Tilla Gurudwara

Gurudwara at Majnu Ka Tila
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Majnu ka Tilla is synonymous with the gurudwara that was established long back. As per history, a Muslim man lived in the region who used to work as a boatman and he ferried people across the Yamuna river. He didn’t even charge money for the same. As he always used to spread the message of love, he came to be called Majnu. One day he met Guru Nanak Dev who was very impressed by him. He prophesied that Majnu’s name will be mentioned in history books. And this actually later came true when a gurudwara was established here and it came to be called Majnu ka Tila. The gurudwara is not only an example of Hindu Muslim harmony but is also a revered place of worship and tourism at the spot.

Majnu ka Tilla Famous Food

  • Shabalay - It is a dish which is a mix of a stuffed samosa and a huge fried momo which is served with a patent fiery Tibetan sauce. Shabalay has both veg and non-veg variants available.
  • Thentuk - This dish is a little less famous cousin of Thukpa with little imbalance in taste and ingredients. The flavourful watery soup has chunks of momos, vegetables and meat added to enhance the taste.
  • Tingmo - It is a form of fermented bread paired with a hot sauce or a regular dip. Stuffed tingmo is also available at the market.
  • Shapta - This is a beef dish spicily sauteed with onions, ginger, garlic and mixed with a lot of hot sauce.
  • Apple Beer - This is another speciality of Majnu ka Tilla. The non-alcoholic drink is like nothing you have tasted before and a perfect beverage to accompany all the hot dishes.

How to Reach Majnu ka Tilla

Majnu ka Tilla is a short rickshaw ride away from Vidhan Sabha metro station situated on the yellow line. It is also fairly close to the North Campus of Delhi University and can be reached in shared autos from the university campus.

This post was published by Aqsa Aleem

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