A dose of dhamaal at Diwali melas in Delhi

Ruchika Garg and Nikita Saxena, New Delhi: The aroma of delicious food in the air, countless fun stalls, and

the thrill of rides – Diwali melas are a precursor to all the masti that Diwali is about. HT gives you a lowdown on some of the Diwali melas you can visit this year.
Festival of Lights, Dastkar
Enjoy an evening at this Diwali mela that has a cultural twist to it. Along with stalls displaying craft items by 80 groups from 16 states. There will be cultural performances from North East and Rajasthan scheduled for 15th and 16th October, and 22nd and 23rd October. Make sure to pick up some chanderi or block print items to look different this Diwali.
Where: Nature Bazaar, Andheria Modh, Chattarpur
When: On till October 26
Timings: 11am to 7:30pm
Entry: Rs. 20
Nearest Metro Station: Chhatpur on Yellow Line
Dilli Haat Diwali Mela
When you go Diwali Mela hopping, you can’t miss out on the Dilli Haat melas. Organised at three different venues in the city, these melas have special traditional Diwali Bazaars, cultural performances and rock band concert. On 28 and 29th, North-East cultural society will organise an inter-college rock band concert to promote art in the Capital.
When: 25th to 30th
Timings: 11am to 10pm
Entry: Rs. 20
Nearest Metro Station:INA on Yellow Line
Dilli Haat Janakpuri is holding the mela from 21st to 23 October, while Dilli Haat Pitampura is on till October 16 and has same timings and entry.
Blind School Diwali Mela
One of the most sought-after melas, the Blind School Diwali Mela is a must-visit affair. Beautiful home décor, delicious home-made chocolates, accessories, and even clothing – there is much that you can come back home.
Where: Blind School Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg
When: 21st – 27th Oct, 10am to 8pm
Entry: Free
Nearest Metro Station: JLN on Violet Line
Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela
Sunder Nagar Diwali mela has been a favourite among the Delhiites for 55 years now.

From rides to international cuisines, shopping stalls, magic shows, and live cultural performances on both days, there’s enough for everyone to have a blast.
Where: Sunder Nagar Park, Near Delhi Public School, Sunder Nagar
When: October 22 to 23
Timings: 4pm onwards
Entry: Rs. 100
Nearest Metro Station: Jangpura on Violet Line
Defence Colony Diwali Mela
The Defence Colony Diwali Mela has over 130 stalls set up by people from different parts of the country. Food stalls that cater Indian and international cuisines, game stalls, and a nukkad naatak on ‘no crackers’ are some things that you can enjoy with your friends and family.
Where: Gumbad Roundabout, Defence Colony Market,
When: October 22 to 23
Timings: 4pm onwards
Entry: Rs. 50
Nearest Metro Station: Moolchand on Violet Line
Melas in Delhi University
Students from various colleges in Delhi University (DU) also organise their own Diwali melas. Organised by the National Student Scheme (NSS) volunteers, these melas are all about inter-college socialising, yum food and fun activities. All you need is your college ID card.
Sparsh 2016, Jesus and Mary College
Sparsh, the Diwali mela at Jesus and Mary College (JMC) is much more than the masti this year. The NSS society is running a campaign on safe Diwali and will spread the message through the mela as well. “The volunteers have made badges on safe Diwali and the theatre society will soon stage a play around the same. During the mela, those interested will take a pledge that they will have a safe Diwali,” says Ananta Khare, the vice-president, NSS JMC.
On the fun side, there will be around 25 stalls set up by students and NGOs for visitors to play games and shop at. They can also expect dhol performances, photo booth, and lotteries. “We’re even thinking of calling a magician this year.
Last year, we held a puppet show,” adds Khare.
When: October 20
Timing: 9:30am to 4pm
Entry: Open to all college students with ID cards.
Nearest Metro Station: Race Course on Yellow Line
Noor 2016, Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR)
Noor, LSR’s annual Diwali Mela, is a fun affair not just for the students but for kids from various NGOs too. “We will have a kids’ corner that will be dedicated to kids from various NGOs. There will be a jam session and various workshops for them,” says Saumya Porwal, an NSS LSR member, adding, “These kids will also hold cultural performances at the mela. We want the mela to be fun for everyone.”
The mela has a total of around 150 stalls and tables that are by students and various NGOs wherein they sell in-house products. For the visitors, there will be an all-day DJ session. “Ours is one of the biggest melas, with a footfall of around 6,000 people,” adds Porwal.
When: October 22
Timing: 9am to 5pm
Entry: Open to all women and boys under the age of 14
Nearest Metro Station: Moolchand on Violet Line
Zistavta 2016, Gargi College
The Diwali Mela at Gargi College will be a grander than usual affair this year as the college is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Not only will there be the usual merchandise, food and games stalls, but there will be an array of food trucks too that will offer a wide variety of cuisines. The students can also expect a Dandiya evening as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Nupur Agarwal, a student and Public Relations Officer, says, “There will be about 70 stalls so it’ll be great fun for the students. Apart from the usual, the NSS students and various NGOs will also put up their stalls, the proceeds for which will go to charity.”
When: October 27
Timing: 9am to 4pm
Entry: Open to all college students with ID cards
Nearest Metro Station: Green Park on Yellow Line
Onella – Miranda House
“The name Onella was chosen last year by the NSS students of MH for two reasons. Firstly because it means light, and secondly because even through the Diwali Mela, we’re trying to spread light in the society,” says Pooja Premraj, president – NSS. Unlike previous years where the mela only had stalls and a few inaugural performances, the mela this year will see a sprinkling of cultural performances based on every state by the students of the college.
When: October 26
Timing: 10:30am to 4pm
Entry: Open to all college students with ID cards after 1pm
Nearest Metro Station: Vishwavidyalaya on Yellow Line
Aashayen – Jashn-e-Diwali
Kirori Mal College’s (KMC) Diwali Mela, Aashayen: Jashn-e-Diwali, is an equal mix of fun and shopping for students. Apart from the food, merchandise and games stalls, the students can expect fun events such as a rangoli competition, treasure hunt, and much more. Talking about the mela, Deepak Mishra, President NSS, says, “Our Diwali mela isn’t very commercial so we try to keep the stalls in-house as much as possible. The motive is to sell products made by underprivileged kids and by students so that the money is put to good use.”
When: 19 october
Timing: 10am to 4pm
Entry: Open to all college students with ID cards
Nearest Metro Station:Vishwavidyalaya on Yellow Line

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