Run by Delhi Tourism with a paid entrance, Dilli Haat is an amazing place to spend some quality time. The word Haat translates to rural market in Hindi and Dilli is how locals pronounce Delhi. As the name suggests, Dilli Haat is the ideal market to get a taste and flavour of India. It is a hub of crafts and food pavilions from all states of India, so you get a feel of the rich Indian culture and tradition. If you are in Delhi, you can't miss visiting this place.
Dilli Haat is located opposite to INA market in South Delhi and can be reached by getting off at the INA stop by metro. Because it’s a landmark on its own, getting here will be pretty easy.
Dilli Haat is open from 10:30am to 10:00pm, all seven days a week. The entrance fee is Rs 30 for Indians, Rs20 for children and Rs 100 for foreigners. Parking space is available.
As soon as you enter the market, there is a small kiosk which sells audio CDs and DVDs of All India Radio recordings. It has interesting and unusual collections of Indian classical musicians.
Dilli Haat is a beautiful open-air market to look around. You will not be hassled to buy something. It’s calm and quiet, compared to the chaos beyond its walls. Add to it clean spaces to walk around without bumping into people; you have a different Indian experience. Toilets are available inside the place.
Moral ethics, cultural ethos and tradition can be witnessed here. Some states also present their folk music and dance at various occasions. Many songs have been shot here. However, avoid visiting on very hot and rainy days.
Dilli Haat has shops that sell traditional handicrafts, junk jewellery, murals, pearls, bags, Indian wear, shoes and decor items. Added to handicraft, forest produce and organic food are also sold here procured from different states. Famous Indian textiles like Chikankari, Assamese Sarees, and Pashminas are also available. You can get a henna tattoo done as well.
While it offers a one-stop showcase of products from all across the country, prices can be bit costly due to being handmade. The market lacks variety, only ethnic and indo-western are sold in apparel. Bargain shopping is visible but sometimes it just goes in vain.
Haat is full of colourful handloom stuff, knickknacks, furniture, and antiques. A decent place to pick up some gifts for friends and family. You can shop in peace and chat casually with the sellers as they are not too pushy. Prices do differ across the market so make sure to have a look at similar stores before purchasing.
The food court offers fresh, delicious food at reasonable prices and that is a very big attraction for one and all. Not to mention the mind-boggling variety from all parts of India. Maharashtrian and Sikkimese cuisine stand out the best. But do not miss the authentic regional fare from Kashmir (Wazwan), Bengal, Hyderabad, etc., as well. It gives you a fair idea of what each state food tastes like.
Spending a winter evening in Dilli Haat is one of the best things you can do in the city. Chatting with friends while sipping Kashmiri Qahwa and folk music playing in the background or a performance happening there. Heavenly!