Dilli Haat: Representing India from New Delhi

The sights and sounds of Dilli Haat Market in New Delhi.

Video by Matt Heng | Story by Christina Condreay and Hailey Konnath

Amita Sharma has been going to Dilli Haat for the last decade. A New Delhi native, she comes to the marketplace for the food and the shopping.

“We come here often,” she said.

Dilli Haat, a food and craft bazaar, is in its 17th year of operation and has seen wide success, said Rajesh Juneja, the manager.

Juneja started working for the market in 2009.

It occupies six acres of reclaimed land over a large drainage system. There are 166 stalls and 25 food stands. It has become a landmark for Delhi, Juneja said. It is a popular place among tourists and locals alike.

“It’s very nice,” said Florine Bos, a visitor from the Netherlands. “Beautiful shops, beautiful things.”

A convenient feature of the bazaar is having many different things in one place, she said.

The bazaar features crafts and food from almost every state of India, Juneja said. It highlights craft, culture and cuisine. And Dilli Haat has seen its fair share of well-known dignitaries, including Prince Charles of Wales and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Imran Ahmed, a vendor at Dilli Haat selling scarves, said the bazaar offers a relatively inexpensive opportunity to sell goods in Delhi. Most vendors operate on a rotating system with some staying as few as 15 days and others staying longer.

“It’s the best location,” Ahmed said.

Dilli Haat is not limited to New Delhi. It has traveled to Great Britain and Germany with select artisans and sponsored by the Ministry of Textiles.

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