Diwali Melas – New Delhi: “No crackers, Only awesomeness!”

Here are the Melas which would make your Diwali special. These Diwali Melas have so much to offer.


Dilli Haat


Dilli Haat is an upgraded version of the traditional weekly market, offering a delightful amalgam of craft bazaar and food joints located in Delhi, run by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC). Unlike the traditional weekly market, the village Haat, Dilli Haat is permanent. There are three Dilli haats : INA, Pitampura, and Janakpuri.


Dilli Haat is considered as brain child of the tourist development in Delhi. It was established to encourage arts and crafts in India. You can enjoy shopping several ethnic and classy products as well as increase your taste buds by having several dishes and snacks in food plaza served at reasonable rates under a single roof.


Dilli Haat also organizes and conducts Diwali Melas. These melas are known for their fun-filled and lively atmosphere. These Diwali Melas are treasure houses of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine. The unique bazaars, in the heart of the city, display the richness of Indian culture. While the village haat is a mobile, flexible arrangement, here it is crafts persons who are mobile. It boasts off craft stalls selling native, utilitarian and ethnic products from all over the country. It is not just a market place; it has been visualized as a showpiece of traditional Indian culture – a forum where rural life and folk art are brought closer to an urban clientele.


The handicrafts offered here are commendable as it includes sandalwood and rosewood carvings, brass ware products, metal ware, jewellery made from gems, camel hide footwear etc. The colorful earthen diyas and beautiful decorative materials add a unique charm to the mela. Dance performances to cultural events; decorative items stalls to accessories and home décor items; traditional imitation jewellery and hand-painted trays for great Diwali gifts are the attractions of the melas. This Diwali Mela is also a hit for its food stalls which offer cuisines from different states of India.


This Diwali Mela is also a hit for its food stalls which offer cuisines from different states of India. Dilli Haat covers a big area and it serves a single destination to shop for art and craft products as well as delicious dishes along with cultural activities conducted here. It also offers separate playing ground or place for children. The food offered here is neatly and hygienically cooked.


The best time to visit the place is during evening time as the haat gets glittered with the lights, which increases the charm of the village and even you can enjoy the diversity that is offered in Indian culture.




Address: INA, New Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station: INA

How to Reach: INA Market is accessed through INA underground station of Delhi Metro, which opened in 2010

Timings: 10:30 am to 10 pm.

Opens: Seven days a week

Cost:  Indian nationals for adults – INR 30 entry fee, children – INR10; Foreigners – INR. 60.

Photography: Allowed

What’s inside?


The vibrant, colorful India presented in the form of beautiful handicrafts. Each nook and corner of India is covered by each representing state’s shop over here. Handlooms, paintings, wood works, idols, earthen pots and all sorts of hand-made items are available here. It is an open air market with brickworks for structures so avoid it in the summer afternoons as it can get very hot.




You can also savour the inimitable flavors of the delightful local foods from the various regions of India be it the momos from Sikkim or the Bamboos hot chicken from Nagaland, Kahwa & Kebabs from Jammu, Pooranpoli from Maharashtra or the Gujarati Dhokla. The food stalls offer you variety of foods served in an Eco friendly manner. It provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity.  Food stalls are amazing; do try fried momos at Sikkim stall.






Address: Pitampura, New Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station: NSP (Netaji Subhash Place)

How to Reach: Dilli Haat, Pitampura is serviced by Netaji Subhash Place Metro Station. It is situated on Ring Road near AIIMS. From NDLS Rly station you can reach by Delhi Metro. From Delhi Airport You can reach by bus crossing AIIMS.

Timings: 11 am to 10 pm.

Opens: Seven days a week

Cost: Indian nationals for adults – INR 30 entry fee, children – INR10; Foreigners – INR. 60.

Photography: Allowed

What’s inside?



This Haat’s Diwali Mela offers a crisp and contemporary feel, ready to celebrate the shades moods, events, legends and festivities of Diwali. Dilli Haat Pitampura is located on a strategic point that is easily accessible from various centers in the city. The Haat has 108 craft stalls, exhibitions, performing art, music and dance show. The fabulous concept of the Haat at excellent location, just near the Netaji Subhash Place Metro Station is a boon for Art and Craft lovers among Delhites.






Address: Janakpuri, New Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station: Janakpuri East

How to Reach: Janak Puri is in West Delhi. The best way to reach there is by taking metro till Janak Puri East station and from there you can either take metro shuttles or an auto rickshaw to Dilli Haat.

Timings: 10:30 am to 10 pm.

Opens: Seven days a week

Cost:  Indian nationals for adults – INR 20 entry fee, children – INR10; Foreigners – INR. 60.

Photography: Allowed

What’s inside?




DHJP is more spacious than the other two Dilli Haats which are at INA and Pitampura. The Diwali Mela stalls showcase ethnic and exotic products and materials exclusive to India. There are endless shopping opportunities for the visitors as it brings India’s old rural tradition of open market space to contemporary and modern Delhi. Dilli Haat Diwali Mela, Janakpuri gives ample opportunity for food lovers to savor delectable lip smacking food as there are 14 food stalls set up where one will be able to savor the flavors from across the country and 15 food stalls serving cuisines from around the world. This Haat in West Delhi not only encourages art and culture but is also a one stop destination for various cultural events.




Recommendations: These complexes are not only artistic, but also recreational in nature for the entire family. These are places where one can unwind in the evening and relish a wide variety of cuisine without paying the exorbitant rates. Step inside the complex for an altogether delightful experience by either buying inimitable ethnic wares, savoring the delicacies of different states or by simply relaxing in the evening with the entire family.


Overall, INA Dilli Haat is the best amongst all.

Don’t just read.

Go see! Light up your festive season.

Ratings: 3.5/5


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And The Mountains Echoed: Book Review

And The Mountains Echoed...
And The Mountains Echoed…

Book: And The Mountains Echoed

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Price: Rs. 599

Pages: 402

Publications: Bloomsbury India

Plot: 1952, Afghanistan, Abdullah lives with his younger sister, his father, step-mother and one younger step brother. But his sister, Pari is the only family he considers to have. More like a parent to her, Abdullah can do anything for her. Be it giving away his only pair of shoes for a yellow feather which she wanted to have.

But their fate was not meant to be together. As the events unfold, they both part away.’Sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand’ said his father.

But how could Abdullah agree to this? Pari was his only family, so he waited, to go out in the world, anywhere in the world in the search of his little sister, his angel.

Moved from Kabul to San Frasisco, now he has a family, a daughter named Pari and only one wish and desire.. to meet his sister.

Will he ever be able to meet his Pari?

My views: Khaled Hosseini has a rare thing, he writes so beautifully that one gets engaged in his stories. One of my favorite authors, I totally admire his writing style.

Again, this book is written very beautifully. It’s a long story and I won’t deny the fact that while reading this book I felt that it is outstretched. Outstretched in a way that the author describes story of each and every character in the book. But the author proved me wrong, the ending of the book attaches all the strings together.

You need to be patient to read this book, as there are several stories within one. But I can assure you that you will be rewarded for this patience at the end. The ending is so beautiful, one of the best endings of all the books I have read till now. So beautifully expressed, so peaceful, it brought a smile on my face with tears in my eyes. And that not only once, but every time I think about it.

I liked the book, and I loved the ending.

Recommendations: I believe Khaled Hosseini is the one author whose all three books I can recommend blindly.

Ratings: 4/5


Bunta Bar : Food Review -‘Bunta’ to banta hai !!!

Bunta Bar



Address : 2nd Floor, 76, Janpath, New Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station : Rajiv Chowk

Cuisines : North Indian

Opening Hours : 12 Noon to 12L:30 AM

Cost : Rs. 1300 for two.

Cash and Cards accepted.

Contact : 011 33105065


Ambiance : The bar would take you to a nostalgic trip to your childhood memories. Thus, we decided to give it a shot. There are embellished decors done using the bunta bottles all around. Even the Chandeliers are made of Bunta bottles.  The ambiance is spacious. The sitting and sofas are very comfy and stylish but we found it improper (no privacy). Handcrafted peacock on the wall is very appealing. All this makes the place stand out in amidst the many cafes and restaurants in CP.

Menu : Bunta Bar is well known for quirky uncommon Buntas. It has a scope with audiences of all ages who like to drink and have Indian snacks! Mondays and Tuesdays are best days! Packages available to beat the Monday and Tuesday blues. There are events named ‘Experimental Wednesdays’ and ‘Karaoke nights’ on Thursdays.

What we had : We had Mirchi toast was served with dip worth INR 295. I liked the delicate balance of spice and cheese. Was expecting it to be more spicy as the name suggests. Lichi Jeera worth INR 195. It was sweet and tangy at the same time. Couldn’t stop ourselves from going in for a second round for Kala Khatta flavoured bunta mixed with some heady booze worth INR 300. Food was under par and ‘overpriced’ but buntas were a great rejoice.


 Service : Forgetful servers.The staff was a bit lost in their dreams and there was no management. This needs a major improvement.

bunta to banta hai
bunta to banta hai

Recommendation : Bantabulous it is. Recommended for buntas.
Cheers !

Ratings : 3.5/5



Mrs Funnybones: Book Review

Mrs Funnybones@tangled_tourista
Mrs Funnybones@tangled_tourista

Book: Mrs Funnybones

Author: Twinkle Khanna

Pages: 233

Price:  Rs. 299

Publications: Penguin Books India

Plot: This book revolves around a modern Indian woman, describing her simple and everyone’s like family, but with the dose of sarcasm. Actor Twinkle Khanna writes about her daily life, many incidences, some controversial like the one in which she unbuttoned her husband’s(the man of the house) jeans in a fashion show, giving her point of view, again with sarcasm. Talking about her mother in law who is just like any other mother in law, believing in traditional values and expecting her daughter in law to do the same. Her normal house errands  like dropping her son to school on time. The weight issues and then being caught by paparazzi when they are not at their best and got these photographs published in newspapers.

In short,this book depicts simple and not so glamorous  life of the author. The book gives us a chance to peek-a-boo in an actress’s life, but in the life when she is not an actress but an intelligible, communicative  woman.

My review: I like how the book presents funny and sarcastic side of the author’s life, which is very relatable to ours. I loved and laughed at the sardonic comments in the book.

But in between these incidences of the author’s life I lost my interest in the book. Other than the sarcastic comments, I didn’t find  anything exceptional and noteworthy in the book. I felt that the writing style may have suited a blog,but not a book.

Overall, I would say that this book could not hold my enticement  for long.

Recommendations: If you are a  Bollywood lover, and would love to know about an actress’s life that too with sarcasm, then go for this book.

Ratings: 3/5


Echoes, Food Review – “Speak with your hands. Listen with your eyes.”


The three

Echoes – Eat Energise Engage

Address : 17, first floor, opposite Sri Venkateshwara College, Satyaniketan, New Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station : AIIMS

Cuisines : Café, Continental, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, American.

Opening Hours : 12 Noon to 11 PM

Cost : Rs. 500 for two.

Cash and Cards accepted.

Contact : 011 30806577

Ambiance : The outlet is creating a lot of buzz because of its uniqueness of having differently abled people as part of their crew. Kudos to the idea of giving these people such an opportunity and encouragement. The place is quite comfortable.The interior and setting of the café is done keeping in mind their special staff as they have sign language displays on the wall and cue cards with notes on each table and also the three signature monkeys of Gandhiji as we call them as their wall décor.


Menu : The food is phenomenal in terms of quality, quantity and presentation. Customisation is available. The menus are served with codes and there’s a switch beside every table which you need to toggle to call the crew for ordering food. Customers themselves have to place the order by writing the order on a notepad with respective codes specified.


What we had : Soulful experience ! We had Garden Crave Wrap ( grilled cottage cheese and bell peppers) worth INR 129 with brilliantly fried and crisp bell peppers and cheese. Must try. Green Apple Lemonade worth INR 99 was so refreshing and tangy in its flavor. Ended with a delightful desert – an Ice cream Salad ( fresh fruits served on a bed of ice cream) worth INR 159, the best I’ve ever had. Flawless and highly pocket friendly food.

food @echoes

food @echoes





Service : This café is managed by a differently abled staff. Service is smooth and prompt. Help them with the initiative.

Recommendation : Highly recommended. Go on and listen to your echoes. 😉

Congratulations to the owners who actually thought of this unique concept and the crew who executed it the best way possible. Plus one for the thought.

Cheers !

Ratings : 5/5





Durgotsava : Delhi looks like Mini-Bengal ! Plan your Durga Puja pandal visit here.

Durga Puja

Another name: Akaal Bodhan

Observed by: Bengali

Begins: Sixth day of Ashwin Shukla Paksha

Ends: Tenth day of Ashwin Shukla Paksh

Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil. In Bengal, Durga is worshipped as Durgotinashini, the destroyer of evil and the protector of her devotees.

The festival is celebrated with family and other social gatherings, shopping and gift-giving, feasting, pandal-visiting, lighting decorations, cultural dance, idol immersion, Ceremonial worship of goddess Durga, temple services, etc. Bengali married women participate in Sindur Khela, smearing of the vermilion on Durga Puja’s last day.

Modern traditions have come to include the display of decorated pandals and artistically depicted sculptures (murti) of Durga. Pandals and sculptures inspired by a particular theme have been the hallmark of many community or Sarbajanin Pujas since the 1990s. Puja committees decide on a particular theme, whose elements are incorporated into the pandal and the sculptures. The design and decoration is usually done by art and architecture students based in the city. The budget required for such theme-based pujas is often higher than traditional pujas. They attract crowds and are well received.

As we soak in the festivities of Durga Puja, Bengalis in Delhi feel at home in parts of the capital. Here, We are acquainting you to the two beautiful Durga Puja pandals in Delhi.


Jute Durga idol

Arambagh Durga puja

Location: Near Aaram Bagh, Panchkuian Road

Nearest Metro Station: R K Ashram Marg

Entry: Free
Photography: Allowed

Organised by: Arambagh Puja Samiti

Arambagh Durga idol

The Arambag Durga Puja is one of the big budget Pujas in Delhi. Arambagh Puja Samiti here has designed the pandal on the the theme, “In Search of Roots” for which they have procured a “small” jute idol of the Indian Goddess from Purulia in West Bengal. “This Durga idol from West Bengal, will be preserved in a museum after the puja,” says Abhijit Bose, Executive Chairman of Arambagh Puja Samiti. The idol has been designed by Gouranga Kuila, a Bengal-based artist who received the National Award for handicrafts in 2002.

decor @arambagh
decor @arambagh
decor@ arambagh

The pandal has been richly decorated with traditional artworks including Madhubani paintings adorning the walls. Innovative murals in betel nut skins render an element of Bengali authenticity to the celebrations. On all four sides of the pandal are images that narrate the episode of Ram’s Akal Bodhan to Goddess Durga from the Hindu epic “Ramayana”. The 45-feet gate of the pandal is in the form of a tribal woman holding a ‘diya’ in her hands, symbolic of the way of life in Purulia.

decor @arambagh

drums for cultural dance @ arambagh

Though the ceremonies start from 8 PM to 12 PM, but you can visit the pandal at day time also.


Kali bari

Durga pandal @ kalibari

Location: Near Gole Market, Mandir Marg, CP

Nearest Metro Station: R K Ashram Marg

Entry: Free
Photography: Allowed

Organised by: Abasan Durga Puja Samiti

The temple is located on the Mandir Marg, situated west of Connaught Place in New Delhi. The temple is easily accessible from the city by local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws. Nearest Delhi Metro station is R.K.Ashram Marg, located about 2 km away. The Kali Bari, Mandir Marg Durga Puja is one of the oldest one in Delhi, dating back to 1925. The puja celebration at Kali Bari is traditional in feel. You will find traditional ekchalar thakur (single frame for idols) and sholar kaaj. Interestingly, the puja rituals too have remained unchanged since 1936. The traditional competitions in Rabindra sangeet and recitation are still organised during the puja.

decor @ kalibari

The puja celebrations will also recreate mini-Kolkata with food and festivity galore. Popular performing traditions from Bengal such as Baul, Chou, Gambhira, Yatra, and Kavigaan will be part of the cultural programme, besides specialised artisans in ‘Dokra’ and ‘Poktkatha’ performing live on the occasion. The puja samiti attracts thousands people every year through its grandeur in decoration and big budget pandals. Among all the puja celebrations in the Capital, this one is the most popular for its dhaaki (dholak) performances.

You wouldn’t be able to put your eyes off the Kali idol in the temple. It’s so prepossessing.

Reccomendations: Must visit these pandals as the idol makers are creating the ‘Creator’ in various Indian themes.




National Rail Museum – There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Actually, it’s a TRAIN.

Ticket Counter @ National Rail Museum

National Rail Museum

Address: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station: AIIMS

Phone: 26881816, 26880939


Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Closed: Monday

Cost: INR 20 entry fee and INR 20 extra for toy train ride.

Photography: Allowed

Guide Map @ National Rail Museum

What’s inside?

The National Rail Museum is a tribute to the Railway Heritage of India. This is a fantastic place to visit and enhance your knowledge. This museum has a fascinating and exotic collection of exhibits of rails. The mystic world of trains unfolds its magic in a sprawling campus right in the middle of the city. You cannot ask for a better place to let the kids enjoy and also ‘touch-and-feel’ locomotives. (Flip-side – it is an open place, so it may be too draining on a hot summer day)

This unique museum has a fascinating and exotic collection of over 100 real size exhibits of Indian Railways. Static and working models, signaling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs and related literature, etc. are displayed in the museum. The line-up of old coaches includes the rare steam- locomotives; one can peer in through the windows for a good look.

The display inside is broadly divided into the actual display of railway coaches and engines displayed outside and the museum having miniature displays. The entrance ticket you buy gives you access to this. Sadly, some of the interactive displays may not work.

Locomotive @ National Rail Museum

The collection of locomotives is good and the information placards are also good. Good place for history – to learn the evolution of Indian railways. Especially the facts about princely states before partition. The railway engines and bogies on display outside are of very old vintages and uses. Though the dates and historical vintage of the engines and bogies is not marked, one can make it out. The coach designs and fabrication are to be looked at and imagined.

Though prohibited and discouraged with the threat of a fine, do get inside the steam engines and coaches just to have a look at the vintage technology.


The entrance ticket you buy gives you an entry into the main building which throws light on the history of railways explained with help of various miniature models and interactive displays, manual as well as visual displays.

There is a toy train inside which costs INR 20 a ticket and is absolutely a must; you can buy the extra ticket at entrance or at the beginning of the ride. Had a ride in the train which takes you to see the whole museum. The rail track is about approximately one foot wide i.e. 12 inches. It entails a model of an engine and about six very small bogies. You get to sit on these bogies and then it takes you about the museum at a snail’s pace.

Picture Gallery is awesome depicting Indian railways history, present and future. There is small shop near picture gallery. Prices start from ₹20 to ₹2000. You can get Indian railways badges key rings, T-shirt, antique items etc.

Fountains @ National Rail Museum

Do not bring eatables inside as they are not allowed. However, snacks like packaged chips etc are ok. There is a snack cafe inside offering water, Pepsi, etc. There are snacks, ice cream kiosks of well known brands available in the parking outside the main gate also.

Service: Found the staff very positive and helpful.

Ambiance: Ample parking, good food-stalls, enough space for kids to run around. And don’t forget to take your cameras along to click those beauties.

Experience: ‘Awesome’ is the word for the experience.

Recommendations: A great place for Train Lovers. Good for those who are interested in knowing the evolution of rails. Entertaining, informative and a good educational place for children. Fun place for people of all ages to hang out.

Ratings: 4/5



Phonebooth Cafe, Food Review: Phonebooth Rings ! Answer its call.

Pickle Nation @Phonebooth cafe

Phonebooth Cafe

Address : G 14 B, Hudson Lane, Vijay Nagar, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station : GTB Nagar

Cuisines : Café, North Indian, Continental, Chinese, Italian.

Opening Hours : 11:30 AM to 11 PM

Cost : Rs. 500 for two.

Cash and cards accepted.

Contact : 011 33105735

Ambiance : Imagine, you enter a vintage London phone booth and SURPRISE !!!!! There is FOOD inside. It’s the first ever café based on an innovative phone booth theme. There is a phone booth at the entrance with a quirky antique phone. The graffiti on walls showcase a street side view .Totally justifies the name by its interior and decor.

Ambiance @Phonebooth cafe

Menu : You will get some really lip smacking and scrumptious food here which will surely blow your mind. This place is also a paradise for the thin crust pizza lovers. Shakes are a top-notch. Food is good and pocket friendly.

Hakka Noodles @Phonebooth cafe

What we had : We had ‘Pickle Nation’(jalapeno, pickled onion, jerkins, pickled peppers, sun-dried tomatoes) worth INR 199 and Hakka noodles worth INR 149. Pickle nation was amazing. Perfectly cooked with fresh veggies and toppings. Wondered how they made it so crisp and superlight. Noodles were fine in its taste. Nice presentation in a kadhai. Each and every dish was a stunner.

Last piece @Phonebooth cafe

Service : The service, however  was really slow which was annoying. It could be a little fast.

Recommendation : This phone booth rings a bell for youngsters. Go! Answer its call.

Ratings : 4/5



Book Review: Jaya, An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata.

Jaya @Tangled_tourista
Jaya @Tangled_tourista

Hello beautiful people out there,

Today we have  brought a book review for all you guys. So let’s begin.

Book: Jaya, An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata.

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Genre: Indian Mythology

Pages: 346

Price: Rs. 499

Publications: Penguin Books India

Plot: This book is a retelling of the great Indian epic, ‘Mahabharata’ . It starts with the snake sacrifice done by Janamejaya who is the grandson of Abhimanyu(Son of Arjuna) . It is during this sacrifice, Astika  retold Janamejaya the Mahabharata, from the stories of their ancestors to  Bharata, Shantanu, Bhishma, Dhritsrashtra, Pandu, and then to the Pandavas and Kauravas. Explaining the reason behind each and every part of the story. Author Devdutt Pattanaik weaves into a single narrative plot from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants.

This is not only the story of winning a war – Vijaya,  but is more about Jaya, which is the spiritual victory, where there are no losers. The book does not end with the war, but also tells about the after war situation of Pandavas, Hastinapuri, Krishna and Dwarka. It describes the reason behind why the Pandavas went to Narak, while Kauravas were in Swarga after death. It also emphasizes on the essence of Mahabharata – ‘Gita’ , and describes the law of Karma in a very simplistic way.

My reviews: The book starts with Parikshit’s (king of Hastinapuri) death. He was killed by a snake. In revenge his son Janamejaya decided to perform a yagna in which all the snakes would be sacrificed. And from here starts the retelling of Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya.

In the beginning the book actually confused me a  little bit. The vast number characters in it, really made me go crazy. But after turning few pages the known characters started to speak to me and I could make sense of beginning. This book not only tells you the story of Mahabharata, but it also contains part of folk stories.  It describes the change in time, from how women who was in power to choose her husband, who had the power to actually put in front conditions to marry a man, who had the power to her sexuality became subordinate to man. This book illustrates not only Mahabharata, but also describes the change in era.

I liked the book, it is a concise version of Mahabharata and as I was reading Mahabharata for the first time it made easier for me to understand it.

Recommendations: I will definitely recommend this book to someone who wants to start reading on Indian Mythology or Mahabharata. It will give you a great start. But to those who have already started reading Indian Mythology and specially Mahabharata, this book may be too fetus for you.

Ratings: 4/5


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