Mela means market and with the biggest event in the Hindu calendar coming up there’s the chance to shop, shop, shop. Here’s the lowdown on Delhi’s top three melas, where they are and when they’re open.
The Blind Relief Association Mela (also known as the Blind School Mela)
Perhaps the most popular mela in the city, the Blind School sells some delightful diyas and candles as well as opening up its doors to some of Delhi’s finest traders. As well as stuff to buy, there’s some yummy food to take away and eat on site.
The proceeds raised from the fair go to support the work of this super organisation. What’s not to like about that? And, oh yes, there’s also the chance to have a foot massage too.
Where: The Blind Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Near The Oberoi Hotel,
New Delhi-110003. This google map shows you where to go.
When: From October 21st to October 27th, 10.30am until 8pm.
Sundar Nagar Diwali Mela
For over fifty years this exclusive suburb, near Delhi Zoo, has turned its communal garden’s into a magnificent mela ground. There will be a big wheel, rides and all the fun that comes when the fair is in town.
There will also be market stalls for shopping, food stalls to give you the energy boost you need to shop more and NGO’s promoting their projects.
Where: Sundar Nagar Colony, near the market. This google map gives you a good idea where to go. Remember, it’s going to be busy and you won’t want to drive.
When: From 22nd until 24th October. From 4pm until 11pm
Daskar, Nature Bazaar
The much loved Diwali Mela at Nature Bizaar, Kisan Haat, near Chattaphur metro station in South Delhi, has already opened its doors to Diwali shoppers.
Daskar, started by six women in 1981 with the aim of supporting artisans preserve traditional skills, is a market that has gone from strength to strength. This Diwali Mela promises decoratives, handlooms and gift items for your loved ones.
Nature Bazaar never disappoints with artisans from across the country showing some supurb products.
Where: Nature Bazaar, Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh, Anuvrat Marg, New Delhi, India. A map and the story of the founders can be found at this link on Facebook.
When: From 13th until the 26th October, 11am until 7.30pm.
There are more than just these three melas to counter your shopping craving.
There are many more melas taking place across the city over the next 10 days or so to counter your shopping cravings. This post focuses in on my top three, Dilli Haat’s and Defence Colony’s Melas are popular too, but didn’t make the cut. They might be of interest, so why not go along this weekend and find out?