One place in Delhi which has been consciously developed to allow artisans and craftsmen of India to sell their products in this city is Dilli Haat. Dilli Haat has been conceptualized as a permanent space with a congregation of small stalls and shops where the products of artisans and craftsmen are showcased. The first place where Dilli Haat was established in early 1990s was opposite the INA market. At present there are three Dilli Haats, the two others being at Pitampura and Janakpuri.
Dilli Haats are managed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC). The entry to Dilli Haat is paid as the visitors have to take tickets. The overall look and feel of the place is reminiscent of village life. However, there is total cleanliness and surroundings are peaceful. These are disability market places where visitors can come to see the products from different parts of the country. Some of the shops and stalls here are of permanent nature while some others are rotated after every 15 days among different artisans and handicraft workers from different parts of the country. It shall be noted that only those craftsmen are allowed to showcase and sell their products here who are registered with the Development Commissioner, Handicrafts.
You can find the souvenir shops, items of home and office decor, hand-made clothing, crafts made of wood, metal, fabrics of cotton, silk and wool, and other products from far flung areas of India. Intricate carvings on wooden and stone based products, paintings, necklaces and other accessories, trays and baskets made from bamboo and straws, printed and embellished clothing and many other unique products from all over India can be bought from there Haats.
Besides INA market, Janakpuri and Pitampura, the government has plans to develop more Dilli Haats in different areas of the capital city to attract visitors, including foreign tourists, here. These also provide avenues for earning for craftsmen. For the visitors, these provide one-stop avenues for having products which are not to be found in malls or other shopping markets of Delhi.
The Haat also has a good number of food item vendors from where you can buy the eatables. Right at the entrance you will find quite a few hawkers selling popcorns, “bhel-puri”, balloons and toys for kids and others.
INA Market Dilli Haat is connected with the INA Metro station, which is an interchange station of Yellow and Pink Lines.
The Janakpuri Dilli Haat is reached by taking Metro rail till Janakpuri East Station which lies on the Blue Line. The Dabri Mor- Janakpuri South Station on Magenta Line is another approach to this place.
Dilli Haats are open all days of week from 10:30 AM to 22:00 PM.