The cosmopolitan feel of Delhi comes not only from India’s different regions but from different countries as well, Tibet being one of them. This week, we trace the lives of Tibetans settled in Delhi.
Majnu Ka Tila
New Aruna Nagar or The New Tibetan Camp at Majnu Ka Tila near ISBT Kashmere Gate was set up in the 1960s for Tibetan refugees who arrived in India after the Chinese occupation of their country.
Colourful little Tibetan flags adorn the area, giving the place a feel of Tibet. There are numerous eateries such as Dolma House (Tel: 238114117), Wongdhen Restaurant (Tel: 23816689) etc that serve authentic Tibetan food.
While Tibetan delicacy momos (steamed dumplings stuffed with minced meat and vegetables) has become Delhi’s naturalised street food, others such as thukpa and beef chilli are served in these restaurants.
Tee Dee restaurant (Tel: 2393414), or Chung Town is particularly known for its momos and buttery Tibetan Tea. Another popular hangout is the Coffee Shop (Tel: 23811829) that sells coffee, brownies, and cakes.
Majnu Ka Tila is where Tibetans living in other parts of Delhi come when they miss homeland. Bolormaa, a fashion design student says, “I stay in South Ex. But every week, I come here to meet my relatives. I also get my friends along who love the food and the shops.”
The place offers some pocket-friendly yet stylish shopping options for junk jewellery and clothes. You can get a pair of jeans for a meagre Rs 500 here.
Beyond the Tila
However, for those who can’t come all the way to North Delhi, Tibetan food is also available at the Tibet Kitchen (Tel: 64676111) in Lajpat Nagar and Lhasa Sakhang in East of Kailash (2659220053, 9910433580). The Tibetan Market in Janpath sells traditional Tibetan art and merchandise.
Those interested in Tibetan history and culture can contact The Tibet House (Tel: 24611515), that houses a museum and a well-stocked library.