Month: November 2013

Dilli Haat

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Dilli Haat is a large open air market near the village Haat in New Delhi where you will find artisan crafts-work from all over the country. The market itself is of permanent status, however the vendors within the market function on a rotational basis of a maximum stay of 15 days. Before selling their wares in the market the vendors must complete a rigorous application process for approval and are assigned to certain areas based upon the state they are from.

IMG_6390Before entering the market as a visitor, one must purchase a daily ticket for 20 rupees. This fee supports the funding for the market, and helps to keep out the excessive crowds you become familiar with when visiting other open air markets throughout New Delhi.

I visited this market for a few hours yesterday and immediately noticed a big difference in the atmosphere here. Although there were still crowds of people, it was far from the chaotic world of Chandi Chowk. Walking through the various stalls of crafts, products and foods reminded me of a peaceful day at the park.

There were crafts from all corners of India, from hand loomed carpets, carved sandal wood, elaborately beaded mats, hand woven baskets, clothing, scarves, teas, bags, jewellery and more.

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Greater Kailash

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GK01Or GK, as referred to by locals, is a popular residential neighborhood located in South Delhi home to some of the most affluent families in town. Divided into GK 1 & GK 2, the area’s most popular clothing stores, restaurants, and specialty shops are found here. Highly recommended by a colleague of the AIG, the liveliness of the markets and wide variety of shops certainly lived up to the hype. Many thanks Tanu!

Happy Diwali!

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DiwaliThe AIG spent it’s first Diwali on the rooftop oohing and aahing at the incredible fireworks display put on by what seemed to be every person in Delhi. Felt a bit like a surreal tennis match as we looked left, then right, then back again enjoying our panoramic view from atop our home. Reports said that fireworks sales were down this Diwali, the AIG would beg to differ.

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Diwali Eve

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LightsAnxiously awaiting Diwali along with the rest of Delhi, the AIG managed to stop by a local market on the way back from the office and pick up a few holiday items. Apparently we were not the only ones with the idea of doing a bit of last minute shopping as the streets were filled with eager customers picking up flowers, gifts, and sweets.

FlowersLoosely translated to “row of lamps”, Diwali supporters often light small handmade clay pots signifying the triumph of good over evil. In addition to the lamps, homes and store fronts are often meticulously decorated with strings of lights, breathing a festive energy into the streets once the sun begins to set. This time of night is usually when the fireworks make their first appearance. Beware light sleepers, as they have a knack for running into the wee hours of the morning.