Dilli Haat is a chain of large commercial street markets located in Delhi , which are run by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation.
“Haat” essentially means a market that is temporarily put up in a specific place (usually in villages and small towns) in regular intervals (like once or twice in a week, etc), but contrary to this definition Delhi Haat is now a permanent market that is open to the public on all days of the week.
There is a total of three Dilli Haat markets in Delhi, namely –
Dilli Haat market was originally established as a Haat market, jointly by Delhi Tourism (DTDC), Government of Delhi and NDMC, D.C. (Handicrafts) and D.C. (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. It was opened in March 1994 in southern part of Delhi city.
It became one of the most popular and crowded markets in south Delhi, and eventually in the year 2008, a second Dilli Haat was established in Pitampura area in northern part of Delhi, so that it was accessible to the public in this area.
Following the popularity of the market in these areas, a bigger Dilli Haat market was opened in the western part of Delhi – in Janakpuri area.
Over the years, Dilli Haat has come to be known for various shops and outlet, for crafts, music, dance and cultural festivals. Various big events have also been hosted here, for example - India's first comic convention, Comic Con India was held in the main Dilli Haat market in February 2011.
Dilli Haat - all three of them - are paid-entrance open-air market areas. The markets are open to the public between 10:30 AM to 10 PM, on all days of the week.
This is one of the few markets which have a basic fee to enter – the entry fee here is around Rs. 30 for Indian nationals (adults and children over 12 years), Rs.20 for Indian children under 12 years of age. Foreigners/non-Indians are charged Rs. 100 per head.
Dilli Haat markets can be reached within Delhi by road easily, depending on which of them is nearest to you. Auto rickshaws, cars and buses to take you to these places. Besides, these Delhi’s Metro – a popular local transit system in the city, is largely preferred by the public, and is very efficient in reaching the place, once you understand which line to travel on.