Dilli Haat


I was in Delhi recently, so I hopped on the Metro and went over to Dilli Haat. It’s one of my favorite places in Delhi, especially when they have their best shows going on. December is always good, and so is the first part of February, when they are striving to compete with the Surajkund Crafts Mela. It’s a clean, peaceful, open-air crafts market in a spacious setting. Well, it’s pretty peaceful except for a couple of sellers of very noisy toys for children and sometimes a cultural program.
Apart from the beautiful handwoven fabrics and handmade goods of all kinds, there are also food stalls featuring regional dishes from most of the states. My favorite stall, however, is Navdanya, which features organic food rather than food of a particular region. They have quite a nice little cafe going, and the food is good.
Another delight of visiting Dilli Haat is, surprisingly, the INA Metro Station that serves it. It’s essentially a free museum, and a rather good one, at that, though most people are in too much of a hurry to stop and enjoy it.

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