Dilli Haat

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Time Required: 2 - 3 hrs


11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Entry Fee:

Adults - INR 20
Kids (up to 12 years of age) - INR 10

Dilli Haat, Delhi Overview

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.

More on Dilli Haat

1. The stupendous Tanjore paintings make their place at Dilli Haat, all the way from Tamil Nadu. Dating back to 1600 AD, the paintings made on solid wood are ornamented with gold foil giving it just the right amount of dazzle and elegance.
2. You can also find the very famed Madhubani paintings here, tracing its roots to the ancient Bihar.
3. The market houses some of the best collections of chic-metal ware from Orissa. The junk jewellery is tastefully done in brass and copper, and is a must-pick product.
4. Dilli Haat offers a vast collection of leather products as well. The spectrum of tans and styles to choose from, and a diverse variety of totes, bags, belts and wallets are bound to steal your heart.
5. Not to forget, the elegant Lucknowi chikankari suits and the gorgeous Punjabi phulkari dupattas are sure to satiate your shopping pangs.
6. This trip is not complete if you don’t pick up something from the home decor department. They have a plethora of beautifully engraved furniture, brass-wares, vintage style antiques, storage units etc.
7. And lastly how can we forget the sumptuous gourmet food stalls- offering all there is in from the lands far and wide. From Mughlai biryani to Sikkimese thukpa and Gujarati thepla, Dilli Haat has got it all.

Dilli Haat is probably the only place in Delhi that sells authentic regional cuisines across all Indian states under one roof. It has umpteen eateries serving delectable and sumptuous food. Here are a few that are a must try when in Dilli Haat-
1. Darbar-e-Awadh, Stall No. 7- They offer the lip-smacking Awadhi Cuisine. The galouti kebab, nahari and mutton korma are absolutely delicious.
2. Odisha Cuisine, Stall No. 13- The food prepared here is mostly seafood, made out of crabs and prawns. You can relish their famous prawn masala or crab sizzlers.
3. Uttarakhand Cuisine, Stall No. 1- The speciality of this stall is Rhododendron, which is a typically organic flower juice. Other popular dishes include kafli (a dish made of rai and palak), pahadi dal and bhat etc.
4. Hyderabadi Cuisine, Stall No. 16- This is the most popular stall among the Delhites services oodles of mouth-watering Hyderabadi biryani, prepared in mutton, chicken and even vegetables.
5. Mahak Cuisine, Stall No. 8- Visit this stall to taste scrumptious Litti- Chokha, the speciality of Bihar. Also, try papdi chaat, golgappe etc.
6. Wazwan Cuisine, Stall No. 3- This stall offers delicious Wazwan aka Kashmiri food which includes likerista (meatballs in red chilli sauce), gustabamade (mutton cooked in curd), and the very popular Kashmiri drink Kahwa.
7. Maharashtra Stall, Stall No. 20- Needless to say, this stall has some inviting flavours and varieties of vada pao, kaandi vada, pav bhaji, masala bhel etc.
8. Nagaland Cuisine, Stall No. 19- The speciality of this cuisine is their various dips and sauce which they serve with pork or fish. Try their Akhuni Chutney- a mix of garlic and soy and Raja Mirchichutney which is believed to be the chilliest in all of the world.
9. West Bengal, Stall No. 17- Go to this stall to try various renditions of prawn curry, fish, dal and bhaat served on banana leaves with different mango chutneys and raita.
10. Assamese Stall, Stall No. 23- Visit this stall to taste some flavorous Assamese dishes made out of potatoes, dal and fish.
11. Lakshadweep, Stall No. 2- This eatery masters in grilled fish and prawns served with side salad and mint chutney. We recommend you to try fish pakoda and nariyal pani.
12. Rajasthani Cuisine, Stall No. 9- Head to this stall to try out the delicious pyaaz kachoris and the very famous Rajasthani thali comprising of bajra roti and a variety of dal and sabzi.

Jointly established by Delhi Tourism (DTDC), Government of Delhi and NDMC, D.C. (Handicrafts) & D.C. (handlooms), Ministry of Textiles & Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, Dilli Haat was open for public visit in March 1994. In around nine years, by 2003, the market has developed into a flourishing hub of foodies and compulsive shoppers, owing to its handcrafted products, exotic clothing range and scrumptious food. It also got a full wheelchair facility in addition to a bathroom. Soon after, in 2008, another branch was opened in Pitampura spreading over 7.2 hectares. And not much later in July 2014, another Dilli Haat was inaugurated in Janakpuri. Over the years the market has become an exotic cultural hub and lately, Delhi’s most fun festival- the Comic Con is also organized here at the INA branch.

Dilli Haat has been designed in the traditional north Indian architectural style in brick latticework and stone roofs. The complex houses a large hall which conducts exhibitions and displays of handlooms and handicrafts. This is also the place which occasionally hosts cultural events like folk dances, drama etc. A tiny souvenir shop sells mainstream souvenirs of Delhi for the tourists to take home.

The stalls are built in kiosks and cottages with thatched roofs to give a village feel to the entire set-up. Also, the shops set on a slightly elevated platform are connected through a stone pathway and are interspaced with grass; with courtyards in between to retain the harmonious village environment and give a flowery appeasing look to the place.

Delhi tends to get really hot and sultry. Since it is an open-air market, we advise you to visit during winters, autumn or early spring to avoid the heat and shop without any discomfort.

1. The products are priced exorbitantly by the shopkeepers. Make sure you bargain and haggle for the price before you settle on anything.
2. We request you not to litter and use the dustbins to dispose off waste.

Delhi is a state well connected through metro and state-run buses. The nearest metro station to Dilli Haat is INA Metro, situated on the yellow line. The bazaar is just about 100 metres from the metro; you can walk to the market. You can also book a taxi cab from your accommodation for a more comfortable journey. Alternatively, you can travel in one of the buses which will be relatively economical.

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