23 February 2015

Shopping in Delhi, Dilli Haat and Sarojini Nagar Market

Dilli Haat:
After my recent post on Rann Utsav, the cultural extravaganza showcasing Kutch handicraft and culture, here is a post on Dilli Haat, a place in Delhi to experience the culture from across India. Though I visited Delhi quite before my visit to Kutch.
Dilli Haat is a permanent open air market set up in rural style offering craft, food and cultural activities from across India. Dilli Haat was our last stop in HOHO Bus and our HOHO bus ticket got free entry to Dilli Haat. The hot sunny day had tired all three of us and we headed straight to the food court. Had chilling lassi at Amul counter and dosa at the Tamil Nadu tourism food stall and then took the tour of the market. Dilli Haat, reminded me of Dubai Global Village, which has stalls from across the world.
Set up in March 1994, DC handicrafts allows craftsmen to have their stall in the market on rotational basis for maximum 15days at nominal price. The stalls include wooden work, pottery, leather footwear and home decors, pashmina shawls, fashion accessories and many more. There was also a stall by one of the ladies from Hyderabad, who sold handmade dolls mostly used during South Indian weddings. Looking at the dolls I could make out those dolls were from south India and spoke to the lady, only to be told she was from Hyderabad and was settled in Delhi from last few decades.

The market is a treat to the eyes, with lot of colourful stuff. Its a one stop place to experience the handicraft, food and culture from around the country.


Sarojini Nagar Market:
Very close to Dilli Haat is Sarojini Nagar market. SN market is similar to Fashion street and Linking road of Mumbai, a road side bargain market. We took an auto-rickshaw from Dilli Haat to SN market. This market is more into ladies fashion, you really find some quirky tops, footwear and fashion accessories here. Though the permanent shops have fixed prizes, you can bargain with the street vendors. Its said, its the export surplus and rejected export clothing which comes to this market, which makes even reputed branded clothings to be sold out at throwaway prices. Babu market is the lane in SN market, where you can find lined up sweet shops, and yes my eye always goes on the Agra Pethas.
After shopping here we headed back to INA to take our metro to Chandni Chowk. We stayed quite close to Chandni Chowk metro station and even kiddo had become familiar with the route. While returning back we had street food at Chandni Chowk, that was the only time we got to have food here, as the first day being holi, the market was closed and we had our brunch at McDonald's and then after either we were out for city tour or had to rush to McDonald's which was just next to the place we stayed.
Same night we left for Jaipur from Fatehpuri bus station in Chandni Chowk, which is the starting point of most of the buses playing between Delhi and Jaipur.

Travel Info:
Dilli Haat is at INA. Nearest metro station INA, which is just at the entrance of Dilli Haat.
Entry Fee: Rs. 20/- for Adult and Rs. 10 for children
Open all days
Timings: 11 AM to 9PM
Nearest metro station to Sarojini Market is INA.
SN market is an open market, closed on Mondays.

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  1. :) love to wander around Dilli Haat and yeah Sarojini Market...well even Yo Yo Honey Singh has the name of the market in his rap now...true it is girls go berserk there...so much bargain and some great stuff at throw away prices too.
    Nice of you to share the lovely enticing pics...think my monthly trip to Dilli Haat calls...if not to buy then for grub...if not for grub then a good cup of Kehwa before Delhi gets too warm to enjoy Kehwa. Cheers and thanks :)

    1. Haha Shivani, the market in Honey Singh's rap ;) True Dilli Haat is so entertaining, oh really I didn't taste Kehwa(to be frank am hearing kehwa for the first time), thanks to you I will taste one this week if I find at Delhi station.. Thank you for dropping by dear..

  2. Hey Meghana!
    This page looks so colorful, enticing and diverse just like Delhi. Looking at those metallic earrings and copper colored bracelets with animated stones, I really want to pick all of it and try them with my chic style T- shirt and frilled floral skirt I recently purchased. This place is so amazing…..planning to visit sometime soon.

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  5. Nice post on Delhi haat. It is famous among Shopaholics, Photo Fanatics, Fun Lovers and Foodies. Visitors should know the Delhi haat timings , entry fee, location etc to avoid hassle.

  6. Great article, It is nice and beautiful craft work, It is really interesting. Golden triangle tour india