Even though the festive ceremonies of Bodhi Awakening, a three day long Tibetan cultural festival, concluded recently, the Capital is still high on the Tibetan flavour. We bring you a list of places across the city where you can relish Tibetan delicacies and purchase beautiful handicraft items from the region.
The Tibetan settlement in New Aruna Nagar near ISBT is like a mini Tibet that offers interesting eating options. Visit the Hot Yak Café, located close to the entrance. Try their dry noodles, which are steamed noodles topped with chicken pieces in a thick spicy gravy for Rs 70. There is also a good option in the 30-year-old Tee Dee’s restaurant, which serves Tibetan food like gyuma (meat sausages) and Sabhaley (a fried gujia with meat filling).
While you are here, don’t miss out on the street food. Try the homemade momos at the Monastery courtyard, where six pieces would cost you Rs 20. The serving for Rs 20 is quite filling. There are options to enjoy Tibetan cuisine in South Delhi too. Go to Yeti in Hauz Khas Village for chicken momos (Rs 250) and thukpa (Rs 300). You can also visit Tibet Kitchen in Lajpat Nagar. It is known for Tingsha, glass noodles with chunks of mutton, which costs Rs 135.
If you love flaunting Tibetan beads and stones, then New Aruna Nagar is the place to shop for these accessories. Check out the small shops lining the colony for imported tops, skirts and dresses (Rs 300) from Thailand. There is also a wide range of shoes (Rs 400 onwards) and bags to choose from. For customised jewellry, step into R.R.
Tibetan ornaments shop, which has a whole range of precious and semi precious stones. For buying jeans, head to the monastery market at Majnu Ka Tila, where you can get the denims for about Rs 650.
Another destination for Tibetan goods is the Tibetan market at Janpath. Along with jewellry, handicrafts made of wood, marble, jute, clay, bamboo and rich silk are also sold here. Check out Ravindra Art Palace for Buddhist statues and Tibetan paintings (Rs 500 onwards).
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