By Gurmukh Singh
NEW DELHI: Dilli Haat – a hub of Indian crafts and cuisine and cultural events in the Indian national capital – is a must-see place for any visitor to New Delhi.
And since its opening in 1994, it has been my favourite place to escape the crowded south Delhi.
Over the years, I have taken many visitor friends, who don’t venture out of the Indian capital, to this place to enjoy various festivals and cultural events.
My favourite is the holi mela of this place. Dilli Haat is packed for this festival of colours which heralds the advent of summer. Special cultural troupes from Vrindaban and other places come here to enact ancient scenes of holi between Gopi and gopis. It is a must-see event for any visitor to the Indian capital.
You can splash anyone with colours or even water and no one minds on that day.
But Holi is just one of the many cultural events held at this venue all over the year.
Dilli Haat is one place where you can savour ethnic food from all parts of India as almost every state has been allotted a hut or stall to sell their delicacies. Momos from North-East states such as Sikkim are quite a hit with visitors.
Then there are huts that sell you Indian crafts, and ethnic ware.
Not surprisingly, Dilli Haat – spread over six acres – has been become the favourite place for lesiure, fun and food for Delhiites and visitors.