Mango Melas have been an annual feature in Delhi NCR since the last few years. It was held at Dilli Haat all these years. This year, it has a more central location – Handloom Haat on Janpath.
Documentaries do not get theatre releases in India. The audience therefore is oblivious to the good work that happens in this area. Film Festivals are therefore one of the few platforms where we get to watch some documentaries. The recently held Habitat Film Festival screened the documentary THE MAN WHO DWARFED THE MOUNTAINS. This is based on Chandi Prasad Bhatt, a pioneer of the Chipko Movement.
DLF Cyberhub is a cluster of eating/drinking options from pricey dining to food court varieties. It provides sitting arrangements inside restaurants as well as in the open. Sprinklers strategically placed in front of the outlets spray mist and gives the area a hill station feel even during the warmest summer evenings.
The National Museum at Janpath is a treasure trove of relics covering about 5000 years of Indian history. This is close to Central Secretariat or Udyog Bhawan metro stations and is easliy accessible from any part of Delhi. Guided tours, audio tours in various languages and an interesting museum crafts store make this site an exciting summer holiday option.
A stay at Neemrana Fort Palace is an indulgence. Its proximity to Delhi encouraged us to try it out. Its like a Staycation where most of the activities are in or around the fort. While one can visit the fort as part of a day trip, spending the night here completes the experience.
A 6 days festival was organised by the Government to commemorate Republic Day and arouse our patriotic spirit. It was a unique endeavour showcasing the crafts / food / culture from various parts of India. Aptly named BharatParv, here is what we saw.
One of the first plays of Bharat Rang Mahotsav was “Dopehri”, a play read by Pankaj Kapur. Almost all theatre lovers of Delhi had swarmed the spacious Kamani Auditorium, some with tickets, and many more looking for tickets. Given the demand for this play, Bharat Rang Mahotsav arranged an additional show that afternoon. Read on for our experience.