Bright twinkly lights installed in advanced, Mommy getting on your nerves for spring cleaning, the spontaneous crackling of crackers being heard, fridge being stalked with yummy chocolates (no fighting for the last piece because you have bunches of them!) — Yes! The ultimate festive season here, Diwali is here! And when you are a Delhiite, there is a good deal of things to add more joy to your festive mood. One of them is the wonderful Diwali Mela’s of Delhi. So gather your gang and pucker up to be party to the celebration with these most happening Diwali Mela’s of the town.
Dilli Haat Diwali Mela
Offering an atmosphere of a true village market, Dilli Haat is a wondrous blend of crafts, food, and cultural activities. The Haat is located in one of the most commercial centers of South Delhi, opposite to the INA marketplace. Extended foundation work, modest thatched roof cottages and stalls with a village aura make the site a beautiful multiplex. The Dilli Haat serves as an opportunity to various artisans to demonstrate their artistic skills to the visitors.
The stalls are assigned on a rotational basis to artisans for around 15 days, who come from different areas of the country. This assures that customers receive only genuine stuff at reasonable rates so that they can enjoy the visit without worrying about the expenses. If you are still not done with your Diwali shopping, head straight to this place! From buying ethnic merchandise and feasting on delightful treats from different states to having a chilled out time with family, the place does not let down on any of your expectations.
When to visit: Oct 16-19
Where to go: Delhi Haat, INA
Timings: 10.30am – 10 pm
Entry charges – Rs. 20/-
Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela
Located in the posh Sunder Nagar area of South Delhi, this Diwali fair is no less than an actual Mela. The fair was first started probably 50 years ago and remains fun and gratifying even today. From Giant wheels to chuski walas and magic shows, one can find a bunch of fun and entertaining stuff over here. The Mela also consists of stalls of regular things like clothes, decorative items, jewelry and other pieces of stuff. On the contrary, to the blind school Diwali Mela, the fair focuses more on public entertainment and recreation rather than exhibiting art and crafts. Plus spot — the place offers a really scrumptious range of treats. So if you wish to soak in the true spirit of Diwali, do not forget to get here!
When to visit: Oct 14 – 15
Where to go: Sundar Nagar Park, Sundar Nagar
Timings: 4 pm – 11 pm
Entry charges – Rs. 100/-
Defence Colony Diwali Mela
Shiny lights, colored shades and delectable delicacies, Defence colony has it’s own festive vibes, unique to rest of the city. Held in the posh locality of the Defence Colony, the Mela is mostly famous for its sporty environment. The fair is organized and taken care by the Defence Colony Residents’ Welfare Association. Other than yummy treats, colourful canopies and a vibrant festive atmosphere, the Mela has gaming stalls and dance performances. Addition– they have a DJ performance too. So if you want to chill out or wish to dance away, without second thoughts, head straight to this event!
When to visit: Oct 14-15
Where to go: Defence Colony
Timings: 2pm- 10pm
Entry charges – Rs. 50/-
Blind School Diwali Mela
Organized by the Blind School Relief Association of New Delhi, Blind School Diwali Mela is full of spellbinding kinds of stuff prepared by the students of the Blind School. It is popularized as one of the oldest and most famous Melas in Delhi. A bunch of NGOs gathers on this event with their personalized stalls. Their purpose is to sell merchandise and spread awareness and inform local public about their services.
The Mela constitutes of around 200 stalls, which include designers, artisans and other local vendors with exhibits ranging from an assorted collection of diyas, candles to furniture and other home decor items also. Sales booths here are loaded with homemade chocolates, artificial jewelry, handcrafts, tapers and other regular items for your household. If wishing to buy some gifting items for the festival or even for corporate purposes, the fair has a lot of items to choose from. Plus, food stalls here offer drool-worthy food with different cuisines, from all over the country.
When to visit – Oct 10 – 16
Where to go – Blind School Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Near Oberoi Hotel
Timings – 10 am – 8 pm
Entry charges – Free
Select Citywalk Diwali Mela
If you are a Shopaholic and not done with buying gifts for the occasion, then this Mela should be on your “to-visit” list. Select Citywalk’s hosting is said to be the greatest and imposingly fashionable and elegant Diwali Mela in town. Held in the city courtyard, this Mela has a bunch of options for gift items to choose from. From apparels, accessories to a wide range of home decor pick, you will be spoilt for choices as you will explore the Select Citywalk Diwali Mela. Rambling back streets made up of beautiful, ornate and vibrant sales booth laden with the best of ethnic jewelry, suits, sarees, beauty and wellness products, gift options, ornate, Thalis, designer cakes, sweetmeat stalls, premium, unique chocolate stalls – you get the drift. Also, if you are tired of shopping, you can take a break and have some bites at the mall just right behind the fair.
When to visit – Oct 4 – 8
Where to go – Select Citywalk, Saket
Timings – 12pm – 10pm
Entry charges – Free
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