Situated in the heart of Delhi, Dilli Haat is an upgraded and refined version of traditional Indian weekly markets which used to sell goods in the Indian villages. Dilli Haat offers an astonishing amalgamation of Indian food, crafts and cultural activities. However, while the village haats used to be flexible and mobile arrangements, Dilli Haat is a permanent market which can be visited any time between 10 am - 10 pm by paying a nominal entry fee. It offers a kaleidoscopic view of the diversity and richness of the Indian culture, artifacts and handicrafts. Delhi Haat is among the Asia's top street markets offering a sensory guide to India's diversity.
It is spread over an extensive and spacious area of 6 acres. Traditional village kind of architecture, creative planning and imaginative landscaping combined together to produce a perfect ambience for an Indian native style of market. Dilli Haat through its plaza paved with brickwork and stone, along with innovatively and skillfully interspersed grass, towering eucalyptus trees and flowering shrubs and a play corner for children have conjured up a beautiful oasis in which shoppers & visitors can browse at their leisure.
Markets in Dilli Haat
The shopping stalls in Dilli Haat reflect the tradition and culture of India and for a tourist these are not just the interesting places to buy merchandise at a reasonable price but a grand gateway to get acquainted with the people hailing from different regions of the country and the varied attitudes of these people towards life.
A broad range of skillfully crafted artifacts and handicrafts, intrinsic to different parts of the country are available in the markets of this exotic Indian bazaar. One can buy intricate sandalwood and rosewood carvings, sophisticated drapery and fabric, embellished & assorted camel hide footwear, silk and woolens, metal crafts, brassware, beads, gems etc. The range of products is endless here.
The markets are not specifically named in this Haat. There are several handicraft stalls which are allotted to different craftsmen on rotational basis. These craftsmen hail from different corners of varied and vast land of India and come here to sell their specialties. It is ensured in the Haat that the products like authentic wares are available at reasonable costs. Often, shows for promoting handlooms and handicrafts are held at the complex's exhibition hall.
History of Dilli Haat
Dilli Haat offers an amazing Indian shopping experience in a microcosm. This Haat is a destination in itself and presents a window to a country filled with vibrant contrasts and myriad colors.
It was established by DTTDC (Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation) and NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Corporation) in March, 1994. The sole purpose behind its establishment was to provide a common platform to the craftsmen from all over India to showcase their goods who were otherwise confined only to their towns and villages. The purpose was also to eliminate the middlemen and enable artisan to sell their products directly to Indian and foreigner buyers. Here, you not only get a chance to purchase regional good but also you can enjoy a variety of cuisines while enjoying the performing arts from different regions of the country.
Dilli Haat Specialty
The specialty of Dilli Haat is that it's not just a market or an open air eating joint, rather it's a window to the traditional Indian culture. It's a kind of forum which brings the urban clientele closer to the traditional & rural life and folk art.
Dilli Haat is not only an artistic complex but it is a place for recreation where whole family can spend a fun-filled day. It's a place where you can buy regional stuff and relish the delicacies of different regions of India without having to pay exorbitant prices.
The small thatched roofed kiosks and cottages, devoid of any concrete structures provide a perfect village like ambience and a small getaway from the busy urban life. The entire setup is designed in perfect harmony with the environment makes the shopping experience delightful.
With all these elements, Dilli Haat transports its visitors to a magical word of Indian heritage of arts and crafts, presented through a fascinating panorama of cultural activities, cuisines and craft.
Eating Joints at Dilli Haat
An open food plaza enables the visitors to have a delightful eating experience and savor the matchless flavors from the gastronomic delicacies hailing from various parts of India. There are many stalls in the entire Haat that offer reasonably priced, clean and hygienic ethnic Indian food. Often, Dilli Haat is the venue for different regional food festivals.
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