Food, shopping & sun at Dilli Haat

One of my favourite places to enjoy Delhi winters is Dilli Haat. Best experienced with a plate of steaming hot momos and chilled fruit beer on a weekend in Delhi.

If you visit the place before 15th Jan 2014, you can experience shopping like an Egyptian too! The capital’s crafts destination is playing host to the annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar with a focus on Egypt’s art and craft. Nagada scarves, beads and jewellery, ancient Egyptian drawings on papyrus are quite appealing items to buy.

Other than this, there’s lots to do at Dilli Haat:

1. Try cuisine from different states (Thali and mishti doi (sweet curd) from West Bengal; momos from Sikkim; Thaalipeeth from Maharashtra are pretty good. Avoid Pao Bhaji from Maharashtra and Maggi from the newly opened Mother Diary kiosk)

2. Buy. (Yes, a lot of things are overpriced. But look closely for unusual things)

3. Click, click, click: It’s a colourful place. Little wonder that it is full of shutterbugs.

4. Observe: College students; lovers; mom, dad, kids and nannies; oldies; bored husbands; people with camera; people without camera, craftsmen — this place has them all. It’s great entertainment to just look at everyone. Seriously! Just take a kullad wali chai from Rajasthan food stall and enjoy!

5.   Hangout without spending much: There are very few places in Delhi where you can spend a long time with your friends and family without spending much. Entry ticket is all you need. Prices for food items are much cheaper than restaurants and if you choose wisely you can enjoy a budgeted weekend.

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