Long before the city skyline was flooded by shopping malls, there existed weekly markets in Delhi. Before Delhi city, turned into a metro city or before Delhi became one of the costliest cities in the world, Delhi was known for its urban haats. The urban haats were traditionally called Bazar and they would offer all kinds of items, at a reasonable price. Over time, with malls opening up, these markets shrank to the verge of extinction.
Incepted by Ministry of Tourism and Textiles in collaboration with Delhi Tourism, Delhi’s first Dilli Haat was inaugurated in the year 2003. The purpose of Dilli Haat was to promote the traditional handlooms and promote and preserve the tradition and culture of India. The markets in Dilli Haat showcase the traditional Indian clothes. Most of the items on sale are handcrafted and a representation of our traditional practices. Dilli Haat, apart from handlooms, also sell home decor items. The items on exhibition have unique design and beauty of the products have no match. The lost handicraft market has seen a surge in the demand as more and more people opt for shopping at Dilli Haat.
Today, Delhi is home to 3 such haats. The first Dilli Haat to open in Delhi was Dilli Haat INA. The market complex is spread over an area of 600 hectares and unlike other weekly local markets, Dilli Haat remains open all days of the week. The second Dilli Haat was constructed in Pitampura with Dilli Haat Janakpuri being the latest of all three. These markets acquaint buyers with the handicrafts of India, which were believed to be extinct a while ago.
Apart from shops, each Dilli Haat also features a food court built within the premise. These food courts allow buyers to grab a bite while they shop. Also, each Dilli Haat hoasts many cultural programmes. The Dilli Haat in Janakpuri boasts of its enchanting amphitheatre which witnesses numerous cultural performance, showcasing popular artists from all genres.
The inception of Dilli Haat was done in order to promote the handicrafts and handlooms in India and these Dilli Haat markets seem to have given the craftsmen a chance to exhibit their mesmerising creations.
Nearest Metro Station
For Dilli Haat INA, the nearest metro station is INA metro station on Yellow Line of Delhi Metro. For Dilli Haat Pitampura, the nearest the metro station is Netaji Subhash Place (NSP) on Red Line and Pink Line of Delhi Metro. For Dilli Haat Janakpuri, Janak Puri West on Blue Line and Magenta Line and Tilak Nagar Metro station on Blue Line are the nearest metro station.
What is Dilli Haat Market Famous For:
Dilli Haat is one of the most famous markets in Delhi known for its wide range of handmade and handcrafted products. The products on display range from clothing items to decorative items to home decor items.
The Dilli Haat markets open up around 11 am and close by 9 pm.
Dilli Haat charges INR 20 for adults and INR 10 for children as an entry fee.