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Review: Dilli Haat: Best hang out place in INA Market!

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Name: Aira   
Member Level: Gold
Review Date: 26 Oct 2009
Points for Review: 40  (Rs: 20)

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Delhi Haat is one of the best hang out place in Delhi. I have been to Delhi Haat of Pitampura and INA Market as well. INA Market is more popular than Pitampura. This Delhi Haat is close to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and opposite to the INA market. We went there once. Last year, we were waiting for our brother-in-law at the gate of AIIMS but he was very late. Then my husband and I thought to go to Delhi Haat just to pass the time. We went there as it is very close to it. We parked our car, parking area is not spacious. They charge Rs.15/- each entry. Before we entered the gate we bought a ticket and outside the gate we saw the sellers are offering for wooden statues, metal stuff, henna tattaoos, etc at very cheap rate. We didnt buy any and went inside. It is a big and great market to visit in terms of learning about all the speciality products that come from each state and what India has to offer. It really is a must see for the tourist! However, one must remember it is India..:-)

I love handicrafts items, you can see there are many stalls of handicraft items in the market. Its not necessary that if you go once you will find the shop keeper again there because the shops keep changing every 2 weeks, thus offering greater variety and bargains. You can get variety of products related to jute footwears, cotton and silk apparels, the quality of goods sold is indeed commendable, its really pure and compared to Malls, it is affordable, very cheap price. You cannot stop yourself buying few things here. There are always several events and cultural programmes organized in this market where large number of people come to enjoy. Here major attraction is the market and food. The atmosphere is great away from crowded streets and although vendors did the typical calling out to everyone who passed by their stalls, they were actually very pleasant to deal with. There was a nice variety of goods and some pretty high quality things. It is a great place to shop for exclusive handicrafts from artisans gathered from all over India.

You can buy many things some of which includes kurtis, pashminas, embroidered silk clothes, linen, paintings, paper-mache stuff, crafted wooden stuff, hand made Jewelery, products made of bronze, copper, tin stuff. Everything at one place with great variety. Yes, you can bargain here too, if you are lucky you can buy things in just 50% of its real cost. I bought one skirt. They were asking for 800 bucks and I said I will pay 450 bucks, first he said no and then later asked me to pay money..:-) I paid him 450 bucks for an embroidered skirt. Also I bought some jute slipper and a handbag. Altogether, I shopped so many things in just INR 1500 which is really very less if I shop in the Mall. In the Mall, the same skirt would cost 1200 bucks. Some of the products are exclusive sold here which attracts most of the people which includes silk and wool fabrics, metal crafts, brassware, beads, gems, sophisticated fabric and drapery, embellished camel hide footwear, rosewood and sandalwood carvings.

I saw there were dozens of market stalls with everything ranging from pashmina shawls, paintings, jewelery to Kashmiri rugs and bangles, etc. I think if you are looking to buy Indian handicrafts - carpets, shawls, leather footwear, puppets, folk musical instruments, Indian pottery and brassware - Delhi Haat is a must visit. This place is a blend of craft bazaar and food plaza. There is also regular theme shopping festivals in Dilli Haat where artisans from across India display their wares and also give live demonstrations of their craft. Various stall are there which represent every state of India with their specialty. Thus, there is a variety of tastes from all regions in India. Also as the crafts from different states of India are exhibited, there is a collection of cultural traditions. Also, there is an accessible bathroom. Drinking water is also available. Open air restaurants of various states which includes Nagaland, Jharkhand, Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chennai, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, etc. Here in Delhi Haat, the shops may be permanent or rotatory after every fifteen days. I love to go again and again. I hope to visit there again very soon. The location is very good. I enjoyed a lot.
You can reach here by bus as well as hire an auto or come by your own car. Metro rail is also available.

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