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Delhiites, now you know how to jazz up your Navratra celebrations

Come Navratri and the fever of dandiya and garba grips the city. To help you celebrate these festive days, we tell you where to shop from, where to eat and where to learn the dance steps from.

art and culture Updated: Oct 01, 2016 10:10 IST
Henna Rakheja and Ruchika Garg
Henna Rakheja and Ruchika Garg
Hindustan Times
Girls during the performance of dandiNav.(Praful Gangurde/HT )

Navratras are here. But when in Delhi, one doesn’t need to worry about fasting and abstaining from non-vegetarian… There’s the world of Gujarati and Rajasthani cultures that brings with ii Dandiya and Garba nights to the Capital. And with it comes the opportunity to hang out the desi-way!

As you think of ditching a boring dinner with friends to try and match dance steps at a festive night, we give you all the ideas you need to perfect your look, dress up and head to places which let you celebrate the Gujarati and Rajasthani culture in Delhi itself.

Gujarati Thali - Food (HT Photo)


1. Authentic taste

At the Gujarat Bhawan restaurant inside the state bhawan in Chanakyapuri, it’s an economical delight for all those who want a taste of the authentic Gujarati cuisine. The appetizers include fafda, khaman dhokla and fried mirch vada. And there is the quintessential Gujarati thali for Rs 140/- which comprises delicacies such as Gujarati dal and Kathod alongwith Chass and achaar.

Where: 11, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri
Timings: 8am – 10am, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 7.30pm – 10pm

2. Spiced-up stall

From the crisp pyaaz ki kachori to mirchi bada (green chilli pakoda), there’s a lot that’s offered at this small stall. Alongside a Rajasthani Thali, there’s a Missi Roti Thali, Mewadi Thali, Bajra Roti Thali and Bikaner Parantha Thali. To seal these tastes, there’s Matka Kulfi and jalebi, which often see children and adults together making a beeline to the stall. Prices range between Rs 50 to 300.

Where: Dilli Haat, INA
Timings: 11am – 10pm

3. Monday isn’t blue

Every Monday the lunch at Rajasthan House’s canteen is a full-filling treat. Ramesh Sharma, catering incharge, says, “Most of the Rajasthani delicacies are offered during lunch time on Monday. We make dal, baati, churma along with two vegetables including gatte ki sabzi and dahi or raita.” All this costs just Rs 165 per person.

Where: 7, Prithviraj Road
Timings: 12.30 – 2.30pm

Ladies out for shop ahead Navratri celebrations. (Jasjeet Plaha/HT )


1. Traditional look

From traditional ghagra-choli to dandiya sticks and even dupattas and pagris, everything that you need for your attire is available in Lajpat Nagar’s Central market. Few shops are dedicated to selling Rajasthani and Gujarati dresses whereas some others provide a plethora of option to choose a leheriya or bandhej dupatta, which can be paired up with your regular Indian wear, to match the look.

Where: Central Market, Lajpat Nagar
Timings: 11.30am – 9pm

2. Trinklets

How can the look for a dandiya or garba night be complete without bangles and other accessories, matching the outfit? So head to either Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk or come to Central Delhi where colourful bangles will make you shop your heart out. In the vicinity of the temple complex there are also artists who make intricate henna tattoos, which will add to your traditional avatar.

Where: Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place
Timings: 12noon – 8pm

3. Foot it right

Since these nights are all about dance, one needs to ensure that a perfect footwear is part of the wardrobe. From the casual mojari to designer sleeper and embroidered Jaipuri jutti to mirror-work ballerinas, there’s a lot to choose from at this city market. But make sure you try it on before you finalise lest it gives you shoe-bite later.

Where: Kamla Nagar Market, near North Campus
Timings: 11am – 8pm

Girls during the practice session of garba. (Shankar Mourya/ HT)


1. Garba in the city

With perfect looks, perfect moves can add some charm to your personality. Richa Gupta, who teaches garba and dandiya in several parts of the city says, “For most of us dandiya is about playing with sticks. We try to teach them basic steps in our two days crash course which starts from 1st October.”

Where: Green Park near Arya Samaj Mandir

Charges: Rs 1000 per head for a two day workshop

Contact: 9810083273

2. Dancing Mantra

With a twist of Bollywood, Dancing Mantra will make you move on Bollywood style garba and dandiya beats. The classes will be taken in two batches, 10 am to 11am and 6pm to 7pm. There is a special discount for couples and the batch is from October 2 to October 7.

Where: Noida Stadium

Charges: Rs 999 per head, for couples Rs. 1700 for a six day workshop

Contact: 9650524555

3. Modern Performing Art Centre

“The basics for dandiya can be learnt in three to four sessions,” says Jasleen Kaur , director of the centre. Youngsters above fourteen can attend the two hour workshop. “We teach both garba and dandiya during the workshop.This year too we are teaching clubs and individuals for dandiya nights,” adds Kaur. The classes will continue till October 9.

Where: B 292 Second Floor, Dwarka Sector 7

Charges: Rs. 500 for four days

Contact: 9999320519

First Published: Oct 01, 2016 10:01 IST