South Delhi Dilli Haat vs North Delhi Dilli Haat
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South Delhi Dilli Haat vs North Delhi Dilli Haat

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entertainment Updated: Dec 07, 2010 01:17 IST
Surabhi Chauhan
Surabhi Chauhan
Hindustan Times

1 Situated in the heart of the city, the South Delhi Dilli Haat attracts tourists, students, and families, serving as a hub for the various Indian cuisines and diverse cultures. An entry ticket for adults is INR 15/- and for minors it is INR 5/-

2 Equally entertaining for Delhiites and visitors alike, this Dilli Haat has something going on for all. Hair braiding near the entrance, human puppet dances, live sketches, music from hand made instruments, paper and wooden toys, and henna artists are spread over, each offering something unique

3 With each vendor being provided 14 days to display his wares, the best of the best from the different states of India is represented here. Stalls offer Kashmir’s Aari work wall hangings, Bihar’s Madhubani art, Assam’s Bamboo storage and décor items, Jaipur’s quartz stone home items, Uttar Pradesh's rugs, Manipur’s black stone utensils, Tikamgarh’s (Madhya Pradesh) Brass artifacts, and a lot more

4 Shopper’s paradise, one can complete the essentials for their wardrobe here — Jaipur’s leather jootis, Udaipur’s kundan jewelry, Banarasi silk saris, Maharashtra’s Kolhapuri chapals, Bhagalpur’s fine silk stoles, Kashmir’s 100% Pashmina shawls, Madhubani Laak Bangles are just some of the fashion items that caught our attention

5 From Kashmir to Kerala, you will find the fresh food and beverages synonymous with the different states of India. Abuzz with families and students, we also saw a couple of office-goers savoring the Hyderabadi Biryani whilst working on their laptops

6 The tourists will be pleased by the cordial bi-lingual welcome and the DTTDC (Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation) regulated prices. Also the hygienically prepared food and beverages being sold here promise a satisfying experience for all. The price range of the products here is between INR 20/- to INR 70,000/-

7 Dilli Haat prepares for special seasonal festivals all year around. The prized Mango festival, Holi and Diwali Bazaar, Gujarat’s dandiya dance, Rajasthan's puppet dance, food festivals etc are only a few of the attractions that one can experience here.

Verdict: Given the plethora of goodies , foods, and entertainment one can experience here, this Dilli Haat is definitely a more popular place for tourists and locals alike

1 Situated next to the Netaji Subhash Place Metro Station at Pitampura, the North Delhi Dilli Haat was inaugurated in 2008 and boasts modern architecture and basement parking facilities. An entry ticket for adults is INR 10/- and for minors it is INR 2/-

2 This Dilli Haat has no vendors or performers to entertain its visitors. Most of the visitors are locals from around Pitampura that come here for intimate meetings and to enjoy the open sky.

3 This Dilli Haat has very few stalls open for business. One would expect these stalls to be doing well since unlike its South Delhi counter part; there is hardly any competition for the stalls. Think again. The stall keepers do not even bother haggling with the sellers as most people just come here to sit around and enjoy the lush facilities. The few locals who do come here for shopping are satisfied with the limited options of wooden home items, bed sheets and curtain accessories that are offered here

4 This Dilli Haat sells the usual stuff one can find at the street vendors all over Delhi — suit pieces and kurta pajamas, beaded jholas, and earrings are some of the items on sale. Though the Anaarkalis at the Punjab stall were definitely an interesting buy, especially since each piece cost only INR 1150/-.

5 The DTTDC has setup a good arrangement of tables and benches at this location. However only 3-4 food stalls are currently functional. Most stalls have shut down and gone back to their home states for better business opportunities. Even the stalls that are currently open here offer safer options of hot tea and coffee, maggi, gol guppas, popcorn and bhel puri. Something that you easily find in your neighborhood market place, where you live

6 The mapping of this Dilli Haat could match that of any top level tourist spot in the world. However, with the lack of buyers or sellers, the tourist will not be entertained with the limited products and food items being offered. Mostly visited by the locals and understandably so. The price range of the products here is between INR 10/- to INR 4000/-

7 This Dilli Haat promises to be more buzzing during Diwali and other festivals when special fetes are organized at this location.

Verdict: Though more organised and with better amenities for buyers and sellers, this Dilli Haat still fails to attract the masses.

First Published: Dec 06, 2010 16:19 IST