A place that brings the diverse cultures and traditions of India together – DELHI HAAT! It is an open bazaar where you will find a wild collection of Handicrafts and artisans’ works. From Kashmir to Tamil Nadu and from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, you will find a variety of local items and foods. With more than 50 stalls depicting culture and tradition of different parts of India , Delhi Haat is one of a kind market. These stalls keep on rotating after every 15 days.
If you want to shop for unique ethnic products, eat the authentic cuisine from the various Indian States, or maybe just relax with the family in the evening Dilli Haat is the perfect place!
History of Delhi Haat
Delhi Haat was an Ambitious project established jointly by The Ministry of Tourism and Textiles in association with Delhi Tourism and New Delhi Municipal Council in 2003. The goal of establishing Delhi Haat is to highlight the Indian Culture, traditions, and handicrafts. The market had grown into a thriving haven for foodies and eager shoppers in just around nine years thanks to its handcrafted goods, unique clothing selection, and delectable cuisine. A bathroom and a complete wheelchair facility were added later on in Delhi Haat.
Well, most of you might not be aware that there are three Delhi Haat markets in Delhi. Yes! The original Delhi haat is in South Delhi, just on the side of INA Metro station( pink line). The other two Delhi Haat markets are its replicas which are located near Netaji Subhash Place metro station, Pitampura, and Mandir Marg Janakpuri.
Did you know that India’s First Comic convention comic con India, was organized in Delhi Haat?
For adults – Rs 30
For children- Rs
For foreign tourists – Rs 100
Monday to Sunday – 10:30 am to 10:00 pm
Architecture of Delhi Haat
You will be stunned as you enter Delhi Haat. The market is spread over 6 acres made with red stones, and bricks. The stalls are designed as kiosks and cottages with roofs made of dried grass to give the overall setup a village vibe. Delhi Haat’s structure resembles the bazaars of Jaipur and the north Indian style of houses. We bet you are not going to get bored for even a second in this market. The whole market is very colorful, vibrant, and ethnic. Different types of flowers and plants can be seen in the market which adds charm to the market.
Not to forget, there is a small stage at the end of Delhi Haat which has an artistic graffiti wall. Don’t forget to take a picture there!
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What to buy?
Here is the list of all the amazing things you can buy from Delhi Haat.
There are stalls selling extremely lovely and vibrant baskets in a variety of designs, sizes, and price.
You can eaily find the best selection here, ranging from simple and elegant styles to ones embellished with lace, mirror work, and pom-poms!
- Paper- Mache Lampshades
The market has a wide variety of hand painted lamshades. You will be perplexed as to which one to purchase because all of the items are detailed, perfect, and one-of-a-kind.
Love carrying shawls? Delhi Haat is one of the best places to get Kashmiri shawls, which are exquisitely hand-embroidered and very warm.
- Boho Bags
Delhi Haat has a huge collection of colourful, contemporary bags, clutches,and jholas in all shapes, sizes, and colours.
- Artworks, Painting and Live Sketches
From classic artwork like Madhubani paintings to fine textiles like Assamese Silk and Khadi to home décor goods like centrepieces and terracotta ceramic objects, Delhi Haat has it all. You can also get you live sketches made in just 15 minutes. Isn’t that amazing?
- Unique Jewellery
The market is flooded with a wide collection of bangles, rings, anlets, nose rings, earrings, anklets, and necklaces.
- Rugs and Mats
Delhi Haat offers a wide variety of carpets, mats and ruges of all shapes, sizes, colours, and designs. Try bargaining for best deal!
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- Hand Painted Kitchen ware
There are numerous artistic and beautiful plates, mugs, and cups, all handcrafted and hand-painted ceramic. We can bet you will not be able to take your eyes off form the stunning handprinted kitchen ware.
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Must try Authentic Cuisine at Delhi Haat
Delhi Haat is home to a number of food vendors from different Indian states all under one roof. You will enjoy a wide variety of regional cuisine at affordable costs here. We know it is a difficult task to select which food should we eat and which should we miss. To solve this problem we have listed down the must-try delectable food items that you shouldn’t miss.
- Stall No. 7 in Darbar-e-Awadh offers delectable Awadhi cuisine. The mutton korma, Nahari, and galouti kebab are all finger-licking good.
- In Odisha Cuisine, Stall No. 13, the majority of the food prepared is seafood, including crab and prawn dishes. You can savor their renowned crab sizzlers or prawn masala.
- The delicious Litti- Chokha, at Mehak Cuisine, Stand No. 8 is a must try. You can also taste golgappa, papdi chaat, etc. there.
- Maharashtra Stall, Stall No. 20: The name says it all,this stall has mouth watering vada pav, kaandi vada, Thaali- Peeth, Sabudana Vada, pav bhaji and masala bhel.
- The specialty of Uttarakhand Cuisine, Stall No. 1, is the rhododendron, which is the organic flower juice. Other well-liked foods include kafli (a rai and palak dish), pahadi dal, bhat, etc.
- West Bengal, Stall No. 17: Visit this stall for a variety of prawn, fish, dal, and bhaat dishes served on banana leaves with raita and several mango chutneys.
- Stop by at Assamese Stall, Stall No. 23 and taste their delicious and authentic Assamese food made with fish, dal, and potatoes.
- Visit Momo Mia, an Arunachal Pradesh food Stall Number 6, if you are a momo lover.. The restaurant specializes in Momos and Fruit Beer, two of the most amazing dishes from the North East.
- At Wazwan Cuisine, Stall No. 3 you must try their mouthwatering Wazwan, also known as Kashmiri cuisine. This is made with likerista (meatballs in red chili sauce), gustabamade (mutton cooked in curd), and Kahwa, a famous kashmiri drink.
- Lakshadweep, Stall No. 2 specializes in grilling fish and prawns and serving them with a side of salad and mint chutney.
- Pyaaz Kachori served with mint chutney and Rajasthani Tahli at Rajasthani Cuisine, Stall No. 9 are a must try! The Rajasthani thali, includes bajra roti and a variety of dals and sabzi.
- Hyderabadi Cuisine, Stall No. 16 offers a huge selection of tasty Hyderabadi biryani made with mutton and chicken. If you want to eat veg biryani, they have it too!
Delhi Haat is a dining and crafts fascinating trove of Indian tradition, art, and cuisine. A unique market in the centre of the city, displaying the diversity of Indian culture. It often hosts cultural events including dramas and folk dances.
If you have ever been to Delhi Haat or maybe seen it in pictures, do let us know in the comment section which Bollywood movie was shot there! (Let us check how many of you can recall!)
Which places are near Delhi Haat?
The nearby places of Delhi Haat are Lodhi Garden, Sarojini Nagar Market, Hauz Khas Village, India Gate, and Safdarjung Tomb.
What is the best time to visit Delhi Haat?
The best time to visit is from October- December, February- April. The season is a litte cozy and you can easily roam around.
What is Delhi Haat famous for?
Delhi Haat is a home to India’s culture and traditions. It is famous for craft stalls selling indigenous, utilitarian, and ethnic products from across the country. All under a roof!
Are Chikankari Kurtis available in Delhi Haat?
Lucknow’s chikan work is available in a variety of suit fabrics, kurtas, and stoles in such vibrant colours and pastel colors. Believe us they hard to resist!