9 Reasons Why You Need To Spend Your Weekend Afternoons Lazing Around At Delhi’s Iconic Dilli Haat!

by Kanika Sharma
9 Reasons Why You Need To Spend Your Weekend Afternoons Lazing Around At Delhi’s Iconic Dilli Haat!

One of the best things about Delhi winters is that there are multiple locations around the city that allow you to soak in the sun. From Lutyens Delhi to amphitheatres, market spaces, and open cafes, take your pick. But one of our favourite spots in the city is Dilli Haat which is located right opposite the INA market!

1. One of the best things about Dilli Haat is that it is an open-air market. While you want to contest that with the air pollution and rising AQI, what’s the point in roaming around in the open. But here is the good part. The air quality is getting better and so is the winter sun. Soak it in, while it lasts.

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2. You get take a tour around the country at one spot. Dilli Haat showcases authentic art and craft from around the country that have been made by the local artisans. It is an initiative by the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC), and has been constructed like a village haat. There are dedicated stalls that showcase local products from different states.

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3. From paintings, to clothes, jewellery to furniture, they have it all. Get your hands on the original pashmina or the mojris from Punjab; pick up Odiya wall-art or some gorgeous Rajasthani jewellery. Dilli Haat has all this and more. Rather than visiting 26 different emporiums, isn’t it better to visit 26 stalls at one spot? One of the great things about shopping here is, that there is no middle man. So what you pay, goes directly to the artisan.

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4. People from around the world can’t stop talking about Indian food, the cuisines and the variety. Even if you are well travelled, we are sure you might have missed out on a few authentic dishes here or there. But that’s the thing about Dilli Haat. Be it North Eastern, or South Indian, you get flavourful and delicious preparations at the stalls here. Most of the food stalls are run by specific state government, so you can be assured that whatever you are having is quite authentic.

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5. Dilli Haat also has an amphitheatre. If you end up going on a weekend or during festivities, like Diwali or this time of the year, you can catch a glimpse of cultural performances. Shopping, food and music, doesn’t get better than this, does it?

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6. This makes for an ideal spot for family outing. There is something in store for everyone. Toys, pottery, caricature artists, and even a comfortable spot to sit and relax, is what you’ll find here.

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7. Reaching Dilli Haat isn’t a hassle either. The INA metro station that is located very close to the complex. It doesn’t matter what part of the city are you coming from, because it won’t take you can easily skip the rush hour on roads. Step out of the metro station and it’s hardly a minute-long walk to the market area.

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8. If you want to make the most of your trip to Dilli Haat, once you are done, you can explore the places around. Walk across the road and shop at the INA market that has some of the most exotic fruits and spices available in the city. If you want to travel further, you can do a quick visit to India Gate, or Hauz Khas village. However, if you really want to make the most of your day at Dilli Haat, we’d say stick around.

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9. We saved the best for the last! You can experience all of this for just ₹30. Yes. The ticket for an adult is ₹30, and upto 12 years of age is ₹10. When was the last time that you travelled around the country for ₹30?

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Timings: Open from 10AM – 10PM (All days)