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‘Surajkund Craft Mela’ : New Delhi

Thursday Jan 29, 2009
Colorful Rustic Pottery, New Delhi - Courtesy

Colorful Rustic Pottery, New Delhi - Courtesy

Surajkund Craft Mela is an annual fixture in New Delhi circles that gets people rushing in even from downtown. The event is to take place daily from February 1 to 15, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and will take off with traditional fanfare at Surajkund. The focus is on celebrating India’s vibrant culture.

The 22th annual fair will be highlighting the State of Madhya Pradesh that will take center stage. Focused on Madhya Pradesh as the theme State, alongside India’s 27 States will be participating here. Interestingly this year some international participation is on board including Egypt, Thailand and Brazil.

This festival replete with cultural performances, exhibition, sale of crafts, large food court from India and Egypt will be offering special package deals for families. Set amidst the backdrop of rural India the fair displays simple rustic charms that tantalize tourists and locals alike.

This colourful event attracts visitors who wait for it each year. On display will be the finest handlooms and handicrafts of the country. Besides shopping you can witness beautiful, colourful folk dances and also savour delicacies of various states of India. Its going to be a potpourri of crafts, culture and cuisine.

Potpourri of Craft and Culture, New Delhi - Courtesy

Potpourri of Craft and Culture, New Delhi - Courtesy

New Delhi : Mangoes at Mango Festival

Thursday Jul 24, 2008
Heart of Delhi

Heart of Delhi

Crowds and more crowds. They are the first thing that greet you as you walk out of the airport or railway station. You get to see everybody. Native taxi drivers, officious bureaucrats, first-rate Punjabi’s and the ubiquitous tourist. The flavor of Delhi is a heady mix of politics, culture, commerce and jet setters. Pluralistic diversity is quintessential of the capital of India. As they say Dilli Dil Walon Ki, meaning Delhi is for the full-blooded! You sure have places to go here.

There is Dilli and then there is New Delhi. Emperor Shahjahan’s daughter Jahanara Begum ordained Chandini Chowk in 1650 to compliment the Red Fort the Mogul bastion. The Delhi Order of columns in the famed Lutyen’s quarter from 1914 onwards, houses governance sectors, an exemplary British feat. The harmonic convergence of eras, architecture, religiosity and mercantilism is typical of Delhi’s multifarious charms today.

The joie de vivre of the city makes it the destination for inland tourists as well as international visitors. The recreational agenda is infectious. Right from the English speaking non-native Gujrati ladies exhibiting their hand-made crafts on the streets of Janpath to the more sophisticated ear-marked events of Mandi House – the culture hub. Embassies in Delhi offer ethnic entertainment, often free. No matter which country you are from Delhi has an Embassy or Consulate to assist you.

Connaught Place, a Victorian inspiration remains the commercial heart of the capital. Despite the high end shopping malls and distinctive market areas, it is the number one downtown area. It offers umpteen choices to explore. Historical monuments, museums, conventions, gardens, shopping and the famed food fests. Delhi is a gourmet’s delight and the diversity of finger-licking cuisine leaves you sated.

The unusually early monsoon this year is not a deterrent to the festivities marked out for the season. In fact the fresh green ambiance calls out for escapades. The theater events in auditoriums, trade shows, mango festival, business conventions are on. The line-up for winter shows are something else. You may feel like inquiring on Downtown Delhi hotel map for a taste of India.

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