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.
Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2016 – An event that manages to pull craft enthusiasts, shutterbugs, foodies, foreigners as well as the general public. The aesthetically done up fair ground – with various colourful canopies, festoons and other ornaments that are installed during the fair, can not but permeate the mind and uplift the spirit.
Mahajatra, a festival of culture, traditions, dances and food from Maharashtra is on at Dilli Haat, I.N.A. Maharashtra is the home to Bollywood and entertainment is a forte of the state. But in today’s digital era, where do the traditional cultural forms of this state stand?
The huge New Delhi Palate Fest was organised at PSOI Cub, Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri. The event comprised a huge agglomeration of stalls by almost all big names in the hospitality industry. The visitors were terribly spoilt for choice in terms of quality and variety of food. The program was peppered with sessions by celebrity chefs and music by live bands. The turnout was stupendous and the Traffic Police had a trying time in handling the cars in that area. The Festival establishes that Delhi is still unarguably the food capital of the country.
The 15th Oz Haat Charity Mela was held for a single day at the Australian High Commission, Chanakyapuri. It was a fun filled pre Christmas event that comprised sale of Christmas decor, local handicrafts and food items. The visitors included Indians and foreigners who looked in awe at the crafts made by NGOs. The parking scene was a little messy what with the New Delhi Palate Fest being held at the adjacent Nehru Park. But, in tune with the Yuletide spirit, we did not mind that with this event, our Christmas celebrations started a month in advance.
The Ministry of Culture organized a weeklong festival showcasing India’s art, culture, food at the sprawling IGNCA. The whole area was transformed into a fairyland, an Indian fairyland. The food zone had exotic items from various parts of India. In fact, given the success of the event, this was extended by another day. The cherry on the icing was the live Sufi music concert by the Wadali brothers on the lawns of the IGNCA on the last evening.