If the words 'Art' and 'Handicrafts' fascinate you, then this place in New Delhi is a must visit for you. An open air arts and crafts bazaar established jointly by the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC), NMDC, D.C (Handicrafts) and D.C (Handlooms), Government of India ministry of textiles and the Ministry of Tourism, it was brought into existence with the idea of introducing people to the fascinating heritage of Indian arts, crafts and culture.
Presently, there are two bazaars called Dilli Haat in New Delhi while the third one is getting all set to open itself up for public at a place called Janakpuri in August 2013.While the first Dilli Haat can be found present on Sri Aurobindo Marg and was set up in the year 1994, the second one was established in Pitampura in April 2008 and is spread across a land of 7.2 hectares. In order to make the market place more comfortable for the shoppers, the first Dilli Haat has also been completely made wheel chair accessible, along with an accessible bathroom.
These Dilli Haats are renowned for their arts and crafts stores of very dexterous, recognized and registered craftsmen from across India. Only those artisans registered with the DC Handicrafts are allowed to display their works at the place, and each of them are allotted stalls on a rotational basis for a short duration of 15 days, in order to ensure the haat's visitors get to see and purchase unique and quality products. The idea behind setting up the same is to help the rural artisans introduce and market the traditional Indian folk arts to the urban clientele.
Some of the products exhibited and available here include artistic fabrics and footwear, accessories, gems, beads, toys, decorative art pieces, wood carved items, metal ware and more.
To ensure that it makes a perfect place for one and all to unwind with families, a food court with several eateries serving a variety of delicacies from across India has also been set up in the Haat premises. One can walk through the haat premises, purchase their favorites and later relax and relish an array of cuisines from the different states of India. That apart, one can also find an open stage where cultural events are performed for the audience daily, and there's an exclusive play area for children as well.
While the architecture of the complex, its buildings and stalls remind one of the traditional Indian style, the Haat's premise has been attractively landscaped with trees, shrubs and colourful flowering plants. With so much in the offing in one single place, is there anything more any visitor or an art lover can ask for??