Your Delhi Diary – Here’s what’s on this week

With wonderful weather on the way there’s loads of outdoor activities coming up in the capital.  There’s food, drink, film and religious festivals galore, carnivals and fairs taking place across India, shopping melas, walks, discussion, debates and much more to do over the next seven days or so.  Take a look inside and decide on what you are going to do. 

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Sunil and Raju at the Nagaur Cattle Fair in Rajasthan share a special moment

Mughal Gardens is open to the public 

Impressive isn’t the word when it comes to the gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President’s House) on Rajpath. It’s not open to the public all the time, but when the President issues his invite Dilliwalahs come in there droves.  This year the park is open until the 12th March.  For more information click on this link.

Festivals, fairs and carnivals in India this February

With winter fading and warm weather on the way, festival, fairs and carnivals come thick and fast in February.  Pack a bag, start travelling and get ready to experience incredible India by taking a look at this link.

Religious Festivals in February

There’s at least one festival or celebration happening every day this month. For a rundown of the big ones and find out what happens,  read this post.

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Surajkund – The mela of all melas until the 15th February

The mela of all melas. With around 1,000 stalls, daily cultural performances and cuisines from across the sub-continent, the specially designed mela ground is ready to welcome shoppers for the 31st edition of this extraordinary fair.  Read more here.

Entertainment – 15th Ishara International Puppet Festival 2017 until 10th February

Aged nine or ninety, we’re told to get ready with a variety of sensational, inspirational and magical shows at the Ishara International Puppet Festival.  Being held at Indian Habitat Centre, Artemis Hospital Gurugram and Tagore Thearte Chandigarh.  For more information visuit the Festival’s Facebook page.

Cocktail week comes to Delhi for its second edition from 4th – 11th February

About 20 different cocktail related events will be taking place at over 30 bars, lounges, clubs  and restaurants right across the city for a whole week. As well as sampling the work of local and international bar tenders, there’s also the chance to learn about the magic of mixology and pick up some tricks on how to create that perfect cocktail.  Head over to the Delhi Cocktail Week website or check out Facebook for up to date news.

Shopping – The Loot, The Grand Hyatt Hotel, Vasant Kunj, on the 8th February

Clothing, footwear, jewellery, accessories, home decor & more, and everything is 10,000 INR. Go to Facebook to find out more.

Book discussion –  “Too Many Men, Too Few Women: Social Consequences of Gender Imbalance in India and China” at the India International Centre, 9th February

Professor Patricia Uberoi chairs a discussion with Professor K.S. James, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Professor Mohan Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru University; and Professor Ravinder Kaur, IIT, Delhi, about this book edited by Ravinder Kaur.  Find out more at this link.

Conference:  South Asia Young Women Leadership Conclave, 9th February

Under-represented at all levels of governance, women are not only under-represented as voters but also in leadership positions whether in elected offices, the civil service or the private sector. Bringing together young women leaders from the South Asia region for a four-day long program.  For more information head on over to Facebook.

IMF Mountain Film Festival 2017

Claiming to be India’s FIRST Mountain Film Festival, there’s the chance to see short adventure films all originating from India. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) wants to showcase adventure opportunities across India and give film makers a platform to share their story.  For more information about the festival and registration, head on over to Facebook.

Food Festival – Lloyd Palate Fest from 10th – 12th February

Palate Fest was a high profile victim of the demonitiasation drive, but the organisers vowed to put the show back on and they are.  In mid February head on over to Nehru Park for a multitude of culinary delights, some music, cookery lessons and lots more fun.  Follow the festival on Facebook.

Food Festival – Asian Hawkers Food Festival, 10 – 12th February

Palate Fest finishes goes head to head with Asian Hawkers, but you can do both.  This festival brings the best of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and South-East Asian cuisines to at Select City Walk, New Delhi.   

Food Festival – The Gourmet High Street Festival, 10th -12th February

Can you fit three food festival in over one weekend?  In Gurugram (not Gurgaon folks!)  DLF Cyber Hub plays host to the Gourmet High Street Festival.  There’s a cooking studio, a barbeque party, a sipping turf and plenty to eat.  Master chefs like Snajeev Kapoor will be here.  Find out more on Facebook or on the festival website.

Music – Battle of the Bands on 10th and 11th February

The Garden of Five Senses, Saket, hosts this two day event put together by  Kalindi College, University Of Delhi, In association with DELHI TOURISM.  Prize money, photoshoots and exposure for college bands that make the cut.   More on Facebook.

Shopping Mela – ELSA NGO Mela on the 11th February

ELSA, an initiative of the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, that supports the empowerment of women.   Taking place at Chinmaya Mission on Lodhi Road.  Facebook for more information about the event.  For information on ELSA click here.

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Art and Design – India Design from the 11th – 19th February 2017

India Design ID is the country’s largest design event. A platform showcasing everything related to architecture, design and decor, India Design celebrates the talent of upcoming and established designers as well as brands of Incredible India.  Find out more about India Design at the website

Art and craft lessons – Rajasthani Phad Paintings on 11 and 12th February

Religious painting, practiced in Rajasthan state of India, done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad.  Find out more about the lesson and how to reserve a place on Facebook.

Food, wine and fashion – MOON LIT Fest 2017, 11 – 12th February

Two day  festival promising premium Indian food and wine, music and fashion.  As well as live music and DJ’s, there’s also comedy. Held of JLN Sports Complex.  Entry from Gate number 2.   For more information turn to Facebook.

Walk with nature – Conservation Education Centre

To escape the hustle and bustle of city life and arrive at a place where trees and open scrub land replaces concrete and tarmac and serenity reigns supreme, Check out the 10 nature walks offered by  CEC this February. On the 11th and 12th there’s a wildlife safari and a photography workshop.   Learn more about the CEC at this post.

Respect for Women Walk, Saket, 12th February

Organised by NGO UMEED A drop of hope, this 8km walk starts at the DDA Park, opposite Saket Metro Station. For more information, look at this link.

Art and Crafts – Rajasthan Hand Block Painting Workshop on 12th February

Hand block printing, a centuries old Indian art form from Rajasthan.  This workshop gives an introduction to hand block, the textiles and techniques and gives you the chance to have a go.  For anyone aged 14 or over.  For more information visit Facebook.

SOME MORE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Film – Farewell My Indian Soldier on 17th February

Vijay Singh’s latest film Farewell My Indian Soldier, a docu-fiction film by Vijay Singh’s, tells the story of Indian soldiers who came to fight in France and Belgium during the First World War.  At Alliance Française de Delhi.  Facebook for more information.

Exploring India & Travel – SATTE, South Asia’s Leading Travel Show from 17th to 19th February

Held for the trade, but hosting hundreds of travel and tourism providers that you might be interested in finding out about as well as offering ideras for travel trips around India and South Asia. For more information visit the website. Held at Pragati Maiden.

Sport – Northern India Polo Championship on the 19th February

Northern India Polo Championship takes place on 19th February’1.  Taking place at the Jaipur Polo Grounds, off Racecourse Road.  For more information on ticketing and to reserve a place contact on 9560089603

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