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Dilli Haat

It’s a permanent art and crafts bazaar located in south Delhi (very close to the INA metro station in case you are interested). Artisans from all Indian states showcase their wares and the shops are rotated periodically. It was shopping heaven. Guys you might be bored 🙂

A shop full of Madhubani paintings, done on handmade paper using vegetable dyes as colors. Talk of being environment friendly.

edit: Thank you Restless Mind for telling me the correct name of the paintings 🙂

Detail of a painting depicting Krishna with his Gopis

Mirror studded jewellery boxes

Embroidered bags

And more bags 🙂

And lovely colored bangles..

cute little handmade chairs used for who knows what

Little men happily playing music

A fantastic piece of art: Arjun's chariot carved in sandalwood. This baby cost a whopping 30000 INR (@ 900 USD)

wooden carved boat something similar to what you'd see in the backwaters of Kerala

I ended up with two beautiful wood murals. Photos prolly tomorrow coz I’m tired now.
All these are straight from the camera btw. Had no energy for processing.


56 responses

  1. nice images…i have seen dilli haat being constructed…then went there when it was hardly known and since then been going and going….one lof my fav places in delhi and its featured on my blog too!!

    your images really show the wonderful side of this wonderful plc!!!

    April 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

  2. Love the embroidered bags and the jewelery boxes.

    Love the colors of India!
    Great shots!

    May 23, 2011 at 12:22 am

    • dhaami

      Lilly! you are back!! How are you? I had gotten worried!
      Thank you for coming by and commenting 🙂

      May 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      • So sorry to have made you worry. I’m much better, thanks. Just really needed a ‘vacation’ from the dwelling. OK, the obsessing, lol.
        Have missed your posts. What a treat to come back to a whole stash of them to devour in one sitting on a lazy Sunday. 🙂

        May 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      • dhaami

        oh dont have to say sorry! Friends are people you don’t have to be answerable to 🙂 Glad to hear that you had a nice time off from the obsession 😀 And especially happy to hear that you enjoyed going through my posts! 🙂

        May 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  3. Beautiful pics and a totally new perspective. Been to DH 10s of time, never looked at this way.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

    • dhaami

      Thank you Nagender! Those words are music to my ears (or eyes..oh well u know what I mean). And the best part of photography. The perspective every individual brings to the same subject

      April 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

  4. Very well captured !!! Few days back I also went there to see First Indian comic con and it was wonderful outing !!!

    Check out some of my click of dilli haat @

    April 19, 2011 at 12:53 am

    • dhaami

      Hi VJ.. Thanks. Actually it was your photos that inspired me to visit in the first place. I had seen them a while ago 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 10:46 am

  5. One friend took me there last week, I loved the experience! 🙂

    PS – The best place is till the Kashmiri dhaba, who serve awesome Rajma-Chawal !

    April 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    • dhaami

      Thanks for the tip Saurav. We were a bit lost on what to select and ended up trying the south Indian which was pretty good.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

  6. Wonderful snaps! A couple of photos of the food at the stalls would have been really awesome! Especially the pork momos!

    Ok, i need to go before I start salivating on my keyboard.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    • dhaami

      ha! Well I will go again and take food snaps especially for you Vineet. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

  7. The objects are not some out of the world creations but the way you have clicked them is amazing. Really lovely. Would love to accompany you on a walk across South Delhi 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    • dhaami

      Thank you! And it would be fun to go for a photo walk. I do need a guide around Delhi even though I have been here for over a year. Plus I rarely meet people in real life who understand the madness of clicking random mundane objects at weird angles 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

  8. sub

    I luv Dilli Hut…the photographs are amazing…

    April 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    • dhaami

      Thanks sub! (Is that your name or nickname?)

      April 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

  9. JJ

    I’ve been to both Dilli Haats. But the one in South Delhi is more interesting. A Comic Conventions was organized there in Feb. It was great.

    April 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    • dhaami

      Oh yes, I did hear about the comic con. But not being a big fan of comics I didn’t visit at the time.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

  10. Simply amazing! No words to explain…..

    April 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    • dhaami

      Anto, I am humbled. Thank you!

      April 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

  11. Wow!! :O… The handmade chotu motu rocking chair and the carved boatman are super awesome. Loved these pics. Keep ’em coming! 🙂


    April 17, 2011 at 2:44 am

    • dhaami

      Thank you Rohit! And isnt that chair the cutest thing ever 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

  12. Hi! Thanks for sharing the pics for Dilli Haat. I always wanted to visit the Dilli Haat. With these am more eager to visit… May be next time i vitit delhi, will go…

    April 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    • dhaami

      Hi Sarika! Thank you 🙂 And I am happy I got you interested to visit

      April 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

  13. Hopped across from Indiblogger and I’m glad. Been years since I went to Dilli Haat and now you’ve made me itch to get there. Totally captivating pictures. Thank You.

    April 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    • dhaami

      Welcome! And thank you for the appreciation. Hope you do visit

      April 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

  14. Wow! The pics are too good! Dilli Haat is a refreshing place.

    April 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    • dhaami

      It is! Thank you Nandhini

      April 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

  15. lovely images. I have been to Dilli Haat number of times and your images refreshed the memories vividly.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    • dhaami

      Thanks Mayank!

      April 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

  16. wonderful pictures! reminds me of my visit there:)

    April 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    • dhaami

      Thanks Umesh, Magiceye and Sajeev 🙂 Much appreciated!

      April 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm

  17. brilliant captures all!

    April 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  18. Nice collection of goodies…..kudos

    April 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

  19. what do I say! Beautiful pictures!! ❤

    April 15, 2011 at 9:38 am

    • dhaami

      Thank you so much 🙂

      April 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

  20. Hey! Loved the pics! Being a Delhite makes us connect to it quickly 🙂

    The shots are very bright and brilliant. what camera do u have??

    There is an error in second pic description – it’s Madhubani painting and not madhupuri.



    April 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

    • dhaami

      I’m glad that you relate! Also thank you so much for the correction (I had a sneaky feeling I was remembering the name wrong). And they say the photographer makes the picture, not the camera 😉 Its a Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens.

      April 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

      • Dhami, well said about who makes a photograph!

        And am glad to see my mention in the edit.

        tk cr and keep clicking more such wonderful pics!


        April 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      • dhaami

        Oh I was just kidding 🙂 And thank you for that. These artists need to be showcased more and making a mistake when talking about their work is not acceptable 🙂

        April 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

  21. LOVED the pictures. Brilliantly captured. Have always wanted to go to this place, now should!

    April 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

    • dhaami

      Thanks so much Ambika! And I am very happy that I inspired you to visit. The artists work hard and it would be great if my photos help them somehow.

      April 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

  22. Aditi

    Very pretty clicks!! The bangle shot taken, is making them look more beautiful all together 🙂

    April 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

    • dhaami

      Thank you Aditi 🙂

      April 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

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  24. Wow, you’ve taken all the shots brilliantly. This looks like a gorgeous place 😦

    I am absolutely in love with the wooden boat from the last shot.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    • dhaami

      Thanks Ayushi 🙂 It was indeed a treat. And I was enamored by the boat too. sadly I was on a budget 😦

      April 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm

  25. Lovely pictures! It’s been a while since a Dilli Haat visit. I must go soon sometime. I love the place.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

    • dhaami

      Thank you. It was my first visit. Very interesting place 🙂

      April 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

  26. Great shots, Dhaami! I love how colorful everything is. I wish I could shop there, but lately I can’t even shop at home; saving up for a DSLR has severely cut down on my shopping sprees, but at least it’s a worthy cause :).

    April 14, 2011 at 5:11 am

    • dhaami

      Oh! I am saving up for an upgraded camera too and I know exactly how you feel. But don’t is worth it when you have the camera you want 🙂 Thank you for the nice words. Maybe you could visit India someday and I will take you shopping!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:25 am

  27. tskraghu

    beautiful pics! thanks for sharing.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    • dhaami

      Thank you! And I’m glad you liked them

      April 14, 2011 at 7:23 am

  28. Glad you are back and hope all is ok.

    Why woudl I be bored? – Some of these photos are truly exquisite. I amespecially drawn to your depth of field in the Bangles and mirror boxes.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    • dhaami

      🙂 I am much better. Thank you! I am glad that you found them interesting Robert! And thank you for the kind words. The subjects were beautiful..all I had to do was point a camera

      April 14, 2011 at 7:23 am

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