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This place is home for Tibetan refugees in Delhi and consists of narrow lanes with shops, eateries, garment shops, and local Tibetan shops.

Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi
Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi

What is it?

Majnu ka Tilla, lovingly known as MKT is home to many Tibetan refugees. Hardly five minutes away from Delhi University (North Campus), this place is mostly packed with Delhi University students, foodies, bloggers and travel enthusiasts. The narrow lanes of MKT are outlined with many eateries, garment shops and local Tibetan shops. You will often bump into photographers documenting quaint corners of this colony. Also, if you are a fan of Tibetan food, this is your true calling.

Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi
Colourful trinkets for everyone

What’s in it?

Curvy lanes, winding alleys, calmness, monks, and indistinct ricochets of Dalai Lama’s teachings make the genesis of MKT. As you walk past this colony, you will find humble Tibetan women in traditional attire selling homemade momos in small street-style carts. Pop colors and serene soft chanting, and the sweet sound of tinkling prayer bells surround the area. This place might actually look like a slightly more cosmo version of Dharamshala. The place is truly magical.

Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi
A momo stall at Majnu Ka Tila

Majnu ka Tila has many eateries, guest houses, and boutique hotels. The colony is also filled with tiny kiosks selling local Tibetan knick-knacks, junk jewelry, fabrics, and more. You will also find several travel agencies providing Himalayan tours. Tourists often shop for souvenirs like Chinese silks, t-shirts with ‘Free Tibet’ written on them, and other curios.

Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi
Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi

How to get there?

Take the yellow line metro and get down at Vidhan Sabha station. Get on a shared auto or cycle rickshaw to reach MKT in 10 minutes.

Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi
Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi

Where to eat?

Hands down, you need to check out Tee Dee restaurant. This restaurant serves mouthwatering authentic Chinese and Tibetan food. The dining space is small, and the décor is plain, but the food is yummy! Scroll down to find out what to eat here.

Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi
Yummy Delights at Majnu Ka Tila

What to eat?

To start with order their refreshing non-alcoholic fruit beer. It’s tangy, zesty and super relishing. Order a plate of steamed Chicken Momo and Mutton Shabalay; it’s like a fried momo, only with more stuffing that is succulent. Shabalay is served with a spicy chili dip that will tantalize your taste buds. Next up is Tingmo. It is a steamed fermented bread, which is soft and round in shape. Eat this with chili chicken gravy or hot and sour chicken soup. You can also order some stuffed Tingmo buns. Lastly, Shapta is a must-have. This goes very well with Tingmo buns. It’s a spicy beef dish sautéed with veggies in the spicy sauce.

Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi
Majnu Ka Tila: Little Tibet of Delhi

Meal for 2.

Just about Rs. 400 to Rs. 600.

Have you sorted your weekend plans yet? We bet you have. Go out, explore and soak in the glory of Delhi’s very own little Tibet.

 

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A writer and a true-blue Gemini, Priyanka loves documenting good fashion, great food, and gorgeous travel destinations. A movie buff and an amateur chef, when not working, you will find her at a quaint café reading travelogues.