Time Required: 2 - 3 hrs
Designed to invoke the ambience of a traditional village fair, Dilli Haat is every shopper's paradise, a foodie's haven and the cultural magnet of the metro city. A flamboyant mix of vibrant colours and varied cultures, the bazaar is located in the commercial centre of South Delhi, bang opposite to the INA Market. A synthesis of ethnic culture, delectable cuisine and regional handicrafts, the market offers a plethora of traditional crafts and handloom products including rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics, copperware, chandeliers, cane & jute products etc. In addition to this, the market has savoury lip-smacking food cuisines from varied parts of India- momos from Nepal, Bamboos hot chicken from Nagaland, Kahwa & Kebabs from Jammu, Pooranpoli from Maharastra etc.
Dilli Haat is a forum to bring together rural art and folk culture; it has an open-air theatre where cultural events are performed on a daily basis. Above all, it is a fascinating panorama of art, craft and culture and a perfect spot to capture all those candid pictures you always wanted.
Managed and maintained by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation(DTTDC), and sprawling over a vast 6 acres of land, the area was initially retrieved as part of a reclamation process and converted into a food plaza cum cultural market in 1994. The ground was cleared, the foundation laid, little huts and cottages were constructed with thatched roofs to give it a village feel, and the food cum market plaza was good to go. Currently, the place houses 62 stalls, some of which are rotated every 15 days to other craftsmen; the cost of which is INR 250 per day. Other than the establishment at INA, Dilli Haat has two other branches at Janakpuri and Pitampura as well.
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