Ever visited Dilli Haat, INA?
If ever you’re in Delhi and not visited Dilli Haat, then you’ve missed out something breezy yet perky under the most vibrant atmosphere. This place is a shopper’s paradise, with some real authentic handicrafts and artworks on sale from artisans all across India.
As the name says, “Haat”, it is a colorful and a permanent village haat. The vivid amalgamation of cultures, foods, and arts of various Indian states, makes it one of the most visited place. As you step inside this open air paid complex, it transports you into a different world. The Contemporary bazaar, the ethnic shops, live performances by artists from various states just leaves you spellbound.
What to expect from Dilli Haat?
How about having Pooran Poli, and some Saboodaana Tikki with Momos? Quite a weirdo, but that’s what we love here. Ensure that your stomach is empty when you’re here, as you’ll be spoilt for a lot of authentic choices. Be it Daal – Baati from Rajasthani stall to Kahwa’s from J&K, Authentic Idli from Kerala and Momo’s from Nagaland, each and every state stall is going to amuse you. More so, when you are in a group and fixed between varied choices, Dilli Haat INA is a perfect choice. It has stalls from almost all states of India and they are always ready with their most authentic traditional cuisines.
Further, as you walk along, you can see stalls (permanent) on both sides of local craftsmen. It provides encouragement to artists all over the country to showcase and sell their work. Right from Madhubani painting of Bihar, to Colorful puppets from rural villages of Rajasthan, artistic work is displayed here. Further, the stalls are rotated every 15days, so that the diversity and the charm remains. For shoppers, apart from the arts and handicrafts, it has a wide variety of stalls for ethnic wear, bags, carpets, rugs, embroidered fabrics, classy metal and stone jewelry, paintings, decor items.
Not just this, Dilli Haat INA is most of the time, packed with Cultural state performances on the Open stage it has in the center. The last we saw was the Musical performance by our Indian Army-men, which was incredible. Lot’s of festival weeks are celebrated here with immense pomp and show.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Memorial:
It has recently inaugurated A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Memorial as well. This museum documents his life and beliefs. Belongings of Dr.Kalam, like his books, pen, and even clothes are on display here. This Museum is an honor to an Incredible scientist and his love for kids.
And how did I miss out, It also has ground for kids with few rides to play. Summer evenings can be fun if spent here. During winters, visit during day time and lunch while basking in the much-needed sunlight.
Dilli Haat was quite an ambitious project established by Delhi Tourism, Govt. of India, the Textile Ministry and more. Delhi has 2 more Dilli Haat’s, one at Janakpuri and one at Pitampura, but they have failed to recreate the magic of Dilli Haat INA. In a nutshell, Dilli Haat reflects upon the culture of India as a whole. You’ll love the magic it sprinkles, believe me, and so it is truly a Vivacious Dilli Haat.
Dilli Haat INA is a must visit one, the other two yet needs a lot of engagement.
Entry Fee: Rs30/- per adult and Rs10/- per kid
Timings: 10:30 am to 10 pm, it is open all days a week
How to reach Dilli Haat, INA: INA metro station is the closest to reach Dilli Haat.
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