Delhi is a paradise for shoppers.
Here you can buy almost anything from anywhere in India. Delhi has thousands
of good shops tidily grouped together subject wise - antiques, handicrafts,
European fashions, leather articles, rugs and carpets, linen & fabrics,
silks, jewelry, furniture etc
Dilli Haat project was conceived
with the basic idea of providing encouragement and exposure to needy artisans
and craftsmen all over the country who often spend their lives within the
confines of their own village and town. The success of the project lied
in freeing the craftsman and the artisan from the stranglehold of the middlemen
and bringing them into direct contact with buyers both within the country
and outside. Dilli Haat offers the visiting tourist not only the arts and
handicrafts of the country at one place, but also the cuisine and performing
arts from different parts of the country. While developing the concept,
it was kept in mind that when a 'Haat' comes to the city, it has to adjust
to urban contemporary needs while retaining the cultural ambience familiar
to rural crafts people.
One can buy leather items, Carved
Stone pieces, Precious Stones, Silk Products, Wood Work, Jewelry from Delhi.
Best thing of Delhi is that one gets every thing here which can be sold
and purchased under the sun. Delhi has some of the best shopping malls
in India where one easily spend the whole day roaming and shopping. These
shopping plazas are also places to relax your self in the evening as some
of the best eating joints are located in the shopping malls.
The Dilli Haat Food and Craft
Bazaar is a joint project of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development
Corporation (DTTDC) and New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). The project
has received technical and financial support from the Ministry of Textiles.
An idea was initially mooted
in late 1990 by the DTTDC to set up a Crafts Bazaar that would provide
a basic infrastructure to rural and urban artisans to promote and market
the arts and handicrafts of India and at the same time provide an opportunity
for the tourists to sample the cuisine and performing arts of different
regions. The complex, built on six acres of land is located in one of the
most important commercial centers of South Delhi on Sri Aurobindo Marg
facing the INA market. The concept of Dilli Haat is taken from the traditional
village fair with one basic difference.
Whereas in the village fair
the venue keeps shifting, in Dilli Haat the craftsmen are mobile and ever
changing, thereby offering a panoramic view of the richness and diversity
of Indian handicrafts and artefacts at one place
There are sixty-two stalls selling
handicrafts of varied kinds from all over the country. The stalls are allotted
for two weeks each on a rotational basis, thus aiming at giving opportunity
to the maximum number of craftsmen to exhibit their ware and also ensures
that visitors buy authentic pieces at prices that are not exorbitant due
to high maintenance. The exhibition hall facing the shops holds shows promoting
handicrafts and handlooms, in line with the government policy of promoting
and preserving the traditional heritage.
||The Haat presents a synthesis
of craft, food and cultural activities. Items range from kantha saris to
intricate rose wood and sandalwood carvings. One may also find beautiful
footwear made of camel hide and also handloom fabrics and drapery. A touch
of opulence is added with the vast treasure house of gems and bead ornaments.
Live demonstration by potters and artisans is also given
The International food plaza
serves as a venue for different food festivals. In addition there are about
twenty-five stalls from different states serving the special food items
of those states. The stalls are let out for two years with the condition
that they serve the special dish of each state.
The Delhi Haat in Kidwai
Nagar is a nice place to spend the day. The Haat or the market has good
eating joints and handicraft shops. Delhi Haat provides you delicacies
from all parts of India in its various stalls. From time to time theme
fairs and festivals are also organised. The South Extension market and
the Lajpat Nagar Central market are places where you can find all the big
names in any category. These places are also good for window shopping and
for a cool stroll.
Dilli Haat Delhi, Food and Craft Bazaar