To experience the rich cultural heritage of the North East come alive in the Capital, you can pay a visit to the first ever Carnival of North East India 2012. From handicrafts, hand woven apparel to special cuisine from Manipur, Sikkim and Tripura among others, the festival will also see live music performances.
It’s being organised by Indigenous People Welfare Organization with Delhi Tourism.
Stall No 19 stocks Manipuri hand embroidered curtains and bedsheets made of satin and silk for Rs 4,000 onwards.
To buy authentic copper jewellry with gold coating, go to stall No 20 that has specialties such as brass and aluminum paintings, starting from Rs 1,000.
Go to stall No 22 to find colourful money bags with hand work, which cost between Rs 80 to Rs 150.
Check out the shawl with a hand-embroidered image of Shangai (a wild animal found in Manipur) in stalls No 24-25. If you like flowers, go for handmade ones, available for Rs 20 per stem at stall No 26.
For the hunger pangs
Special stalls have been set up that offer Manipur and Sikkim delicacies. Do try the Shyaphaley (a kachori-like dish), both in veg and non-veg for Rs 60 at stall No 10.
You can also go for the Sikkim Roast (marinated mutton) for Rs 100, Alu Dum for Rs 30 and others items. Stall No 9 sells food items such as momos (Rs 30) and Pork thali (Rs 130), among others.
North Eastern charms
Just right opposite the food stalls, you will come across the Sikkim stalls where you can buy lucky signs for Rs 1,000 onwards, Buddha paintings for Rs 5,000 onwards, wall hangings called Thanka for Rs 7,950, among others.
Schedule for music events
February 24: Flashback and Fubar Ghetto (Delhi), The Dirty Strikes (Imphal)
February 25: Recycle (Imphal), Rishi.Inc and Hundred Octane (Delhi)
February 27: Fashion show
February 28: Mami Varte and Thabal Chogba (Imphal)
What: Carnival of North East India 2012
When: On till February 28
Timing: 11am to 9pm
Entry: R10 for adults, R5 for children
Where: Dilli Haat, Pitampura
Nearest metro station: Netaji Subhash Place on Red Line
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