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

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There’s not a minute to spare when there’s so much going in the city at spring time.  Dive inside this week’s edition of Delhi Diary and decide where you going to go to have some fun in the sun.

 No need for an intro this week, let’s get straight into it……

Mughal Gardens are open until early March – 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). It’s not open to the public all the time, but when the President issues his invite Dilliwalahs come in there droves.  For more information click on this link.

Art and Design: The final few days of India Design, until 19th February 2017

India Design celebrates the talent of upcoming and established designers and the brands of Incredible India. For a week every year in February, design districts across the city of New Delhi and the NSIC Grounds in Okhla become meeting place for traders from all across India. Find out more about India Design at the website.

Shopping Mela – Basant Bizaar from 16th to 27th February

A celebration of spring times with crafts, cultural events and cuisines at the excellent DASKAR. Daskar, started by six women in 1981 aims to support artisans preserve traditional skills, is located near Chattaphur metro station, near Andheria Modh.  Google maps will guide you in.

Shopping Mela – Hunar Haat, Baba Kjarak Singh Marg until the 26th February

Over 130 stalls are taking part in Hunar Haat which runs along the Baba Kharak Singh Marg – the street where all the State Emporiums are – until the 26th February.    Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Humar Haat showcases the arts and crafts of minority community, as well as the cuisine of 13 different groups.  Dal Bati Churma from Rajasthan, Litti Chokha from Bihar and kebabs from Lucknow are on the menu.  Eat, shop and smile at springtime.  Super.

Book Launch and conversation – Step Up: How women can perform better for success, University of Chicago Centre, 17th February

In this book, Dr Anju Jain explains why gender disparity is an issue, how that can be changed and the practical techniques women can deploy to become successful.  For more information click here.

Exhibition and rally: Vintage Car Festival from 17th – 19th February

Organised by the 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust, over 100 vintage cars and motorcycles are coming to Delhi’s iconic India Gate for three days between the 17th – 19th February.  Find out more at this post.

Cultural and Food Festival: Jashn-e-Rekhta and Rekhta Food Festival: Aiwan-e-Zaiqa at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts from 17th – 19th February

Urdu language, literature and culture is celebrated by poets, artists and authors at Jashn-e-Rekhta over three days.  On the food front, there’s Awadhi, Hyderabadi, Parsi, Pashtun, Kashmiri, Afghani, Mughlai, Sindhi, Punjabi and nomadic cuisines to make your taste buds tingle.  You know that you want to go, don’t you? For more head on over 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.

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

Food Festival for the kids – Kids Culinaire on the 18th – 19th February

Food festivals aren’t just for adults.  Kids Culinaire is India’s only award winning Kids Food Festival and is taking place at  PSOI Club, Nehru Park this February. For more head to to Kids Culinaire website or follow the countdown to the festival on Facebook.

Music Festival – Riders Music Festival, 18th and 19th February

A celebration of bikes, music and brotherhood  over two days at JLN Stadium, Lodi Road.  A rally to the venue, music, food and more is promised.  Check out Facebook for more.

Art and craft lessons – Phulkari, the soul of Punjab on 18th February

Phulkari, the floral work embroidery on the Punjab, is the focus of this workshop organised by the Craft Museum.  Learn the techniques and take a design sample back home to practice the skills you’ve learned at the workshop.  Find out more on Facebook.

Music Festival – Jazz Utsav on the 19th February

Over three decades, Jazz Utsav has seen artists such as Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard and Eric Truffaz Quartet take to the stage. This year Stanley Jordan is headlining.  Find at more at the festival and book tickets at this websiteFacebook is here for the latest news

Sport – Northern India Polo Championship on the 19th February

Northern India Polo Championship.  Taking place at the Jaipur Polo Grounds, off Racecourse Road.  For more information on ticketing contact on 9560089603

For the kids: Krackerjack Kids Carnival on 18 and 19th February

India’s biggest kids Carnival comes back to Gurugram for its 11th edition.   Meet cartoon characters, explore interactive and educational areas, shop, eat and have some fun at the fair.  At Oysters Beach Water Park, Gurugram.  For more information over to Facebook.

Film: The Godfather at the Sunset Cinema Club on the 19th February

Open air screening of this classic, near to Qtab Minar.  Find out more on Facebook.

What’s coming up next week?

Women Writers Festival at Sri Aurobindo Centre For Arts And Communication, Adhchini, New Delhi on 24th-25th February.

The Women Writer’s Festival focuses in on themes around women in the workplace – how women must think and what women must do to inspire more women to pursue meaningful career.  Being held at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication.  For more information head to Facebook.

Shopping and Mela: German Springfest on the 25th and 26th February

A two day shopping festival to welcome in spring. Lifestyle products, designer homeware, high end women’s fashion, children goodies, stuff for the garden and much more.  Food, live bands and DJ’s will be at the event to keep you entertained too.  Facebook for more.

Shopping mela: DCWA International Bazaar on 26th February

Taking place on the front lawns of the Ashok Hotel, the DCWA International Bazaar promises shopping from a range of international stores, games, children’s rides, cakees,  drinks and international food.  For more visit the DCWA website.

What’s on around Incredible India?

Khajuraho Dance, Madhya Pradesh Festival from the 20th – 26th February

A week-long festival that see a myriad of India dances take place at these famed UNESCO acclaimed temple.  Entry is free.  For more information visit the Festival website

Goa Carnival from the 25th until 28th February

This four day festival, unique to Goa, sees revellers party before Lent (Ash Wednesday).  Introduced by the Portuguese,expect parades, dancing and drinking and other types of celebrations that come with a damn good carnival.  King Momo and his wife – who is selected from the crowd – oversee everything. For more information check out Goa Tourism.

 Deccan Festival from 25th Febraury until 1st March

Artists from across Andhra Pradesh descend on Hyderbad for five days to celebrate the rich history and culture of the region.  They’ll be qawwali, ghazals, mushairas (devotional singing and poetry), dancing and more.  Centred on Qutub Shahi Tombs and around the city, there’s also a jewellery, pearls and bangle fair.  Don’t forget the food festival so you can sample Hydrabandi biryani amongst other culinary delights.  (PS And don’t forget to get down to Karachi Bakery to sample some of the best biscuits in the world!)

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