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Dilli Haat - An enchanting cultural blend

Get the taste of India and its diversity under one roof with the enchanted place known as Dilli Haat. Designed in a way to summon the feel of a village fair, Dilli Haat is a shopper’s glee and a foodie’s paradise with a plethora of items to shop from different regions of India along with a food area that houses stalls that serve cuisines from almost all the states of the country. Administered by the Delhi Tourism Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Dilli Haat is in three different areas – Pitampura, Janakpuri, and INA, with INA in South Delhi being the most prevalent. With a huge collection of clothing, footwear, art and craft, handicraft, metal ware, and jewelry, along with some mouthwatering delicacies, Dilli Haat is a glee point for all the shop hoppers and foodies alike.

Spread across 6 acres of land, the area of INA was converted into a food plaza cum cultural market in 1994 to bring together rural art and folk culture with the modern fashion, culture, and the authentic food. The ground was swept clear for the foundation to be laid and small huts and cottages were assembled with thatched roofs to give it a village appeal. At present, the place houses 62 stalls, some of which are swapped every 15 days to other craftsmen, for which they must bear Rs250 every day. In 2008, another branch was inaugurated in Pitampura that spreads in 7.2 hectares of land and not much later in 2014, another Dilli Haat was opened in Janakpuri with a huge influx of visitors there as well. The complex of Dilli Haat is a large hall which displays exhibition of handlooms and handicrafts and organizes cultural events, drama, and folk dances.

Dilli Haat is an initiative to blend the rural art and craft and their culture to the present-day youth. It has an open-air theatre which is used to organize cultural events on frequent basis. Most of all, Dilli Haat is a charming scenery of art, craft, and culture and an ideal spot to get all those candid and Instagram worthy pictures that you have always wanted.

Shopping at Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is a shopper’s delight with a beautiful village fair like ambiance decorated with colorful tents and adornments that house the various lifestyle and handicrafts from different regions of India under one roof. Right from clothing to traditional footwear to paintings and crafts and pottery and metal ware, Dilli Haat is a pleasing sight to the sore eyes even if you just visit to admire the regional beauty of our nation presented by a galore of day-to-day items. Some of the things that are worth visiting Dilli Haat and make this place different are:

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Food at Dilli Haat

The instant you enter Dilli Haat, the first thing that you are hit with is the intoxicating aroma of food oozing from the several food stalls selling cuisines from different states of India. Dilli Haat is the only place in Delhi that sells authentic regional cuisines from all Indian states under one roof. Housing stalls and umpteen eateries that serve delectable and mouthwatering dishes, Dilli Haat is a one-stop destination for quenching your cravings and satisfying your taste buds with different flavors of India. Some of the must-try food eateries here are:

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  • Darbar-e-Awadh: For a lip-smacking Awadhi cuisine, head to stall 7 and savor the authentic style kebabs, nahari and mutton korma, and different varieties of breads.
  • Odisha Cuisine: The food in Odisha stall is mostly seafood, especially made of crabs and prawns. Visitors flock here to devour their crab masala or prawn sizzlers.
  • Uttarakhand Cuisine: The specialty here is Rhododendron, which is a typical organic flower juice found in the hilly areas. Other famous dishes include Kafli (a dish made of spinach and rai which is another green leafy vegetable), pahadi dal, aloo gutke, bhaat, and several other humble dishes.
  • Kerala Cuisine: Known as Anantha, the delightful cuisine from the exotic state of Kerala is not to be missed. From the famous Kerala fish fry to Dosa-sambar, to delicious Malabar Parotta and fish curry with kappa, your taste buds will be in for a treat.
  • Wazwan Cuisine: As beautiful as the state of Kashmir is, its cuisine is equally rich in flavor and taste. Hop to the stall to try the Wazwan aka Kashmiri cuisine that includes likerista (meatballs in red chili sauce), gustabamade (mutton cooked in curd), and the very popular Kashmiri tea Kahwa.
  • Maharashtra Stall: Needless to say, the famous street food of Maharashtra such as vada pav, kaandi vada, pav bhaji, masala bhel, etc., are a must-try in this stall where you get to devour some inviting and delicious flavors.
  • Nagaland Cuisine: Here, several varieties of non-veg and vegetarian appetizers and main course are served with numerous dips which is the specialty of the cuisine. Enjoy pork or fish fry with their Akhuni chutney (a mix of garlic and soy) and Mirchi chutney which is believd to be the chilliest in all the world.
  • West Bengal: Visit the stall to relish various versions of prawn curry, fish, dal and bhaat served on banana leaves with a couple of mango chutneys and raita that is going to keep you full for the entire day.

How to Reach Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is conveniently rwached as the most famous one is in South Delhi . The nearest metro station is INA Metro station, at about 100 meters and is connected to both yellow and pink line. You can also directly hire a cab, taxi to hop on a bus to reach Dilli Haat easily. The cost of ticket to go to Dilli Haat is Rs20 for children, Rs30 for adults, and Rs100 for foreigners. The market opens from 10 in the morning and shuts at 10 at night.

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Dilli Haat

A cultural amalgamation of the diversity of India, Dilli Haat is a storehouse of the Indian art and heritage exhibited through a captivating panorama of craft, cuisine, and cultural activities that you have always wished to experience along with the food that will give you a taste of India, all in one place.

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