Navratri Celebrations In Delhi - Ramlila And Dandiya Events
The ever-bustling capital adorns an embellished avatar, as the Navratri season draws closer. This year Navratri commences on the 21st of September, going on till the 29th, with Dussehra on the 30th of September. One of the most popular destinations for displaying incredible Ramlila performances or the Ravana-Dahan (burning effigy of Ravana), Delhi hosts various other events and activities that glorify the prevailing festive spirit. There is the ever so-scintillating Dandiya raas, Garba nights, Durga puja and much elaborate jagratas and Maata ki chowkis which are a common tradition even otherwise. If there is one thing that the youngsters look forward to more than anything it is the raas dandiya nights, that are a great blend of vibrant costumes, lots of music and lip-smacking food!
Here are some places you can check out to experience Navratri celebrations in Delhi; Dandiya, Ramlila and Durga Puja, we’ve covered it all!
Dandiya events in Delhi
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1. Kingdom of Dreams
A renowned performing arts centre in Gurgaon the Kingdom of Dreams is also credited to be the country’s first live leisure, entertainment and theatre centre. In its fifth year for hosting one of the biggest dandiya events in Delhi, this year the venue is all geared to present an even bigger event.
Address: Auditorium Complex, Near IFFCO Metro Station, Sector 29, Gurugram, Haryana 122001
Ticket price: From INR 500 to INR 1200 per person
2. Adventure Island
A favourite place to enjoy a day out with the family, Adventure Island is also a popular venue for hosting some of the best dandiya and garba nights. There is a plethora of things to look forward to here; captivating performances, delectable food (including Navratri-special delicacies), henna and Rangoli activities among much more that will keep even the non-dancers engaged!
Address: Opposite Rithala Metro Station, Sector-10, Rohini, New Delhi, Delhi 110085
Ticket price: From INR 350 to INR 500 per person
3. Delhi Haat
Drawing both national as well international revellers is the Delhi Haat or Dilli Haat (to sound more authentic) eminent as a place for some of the best Navratri celebrations in Delhi. Selling some of the best local handicrafts all year round, this venue sees a spout of entertainers in the form of magicians, and performers of various cultural backgrounds. It is a great place, especially for those on a budget, to catch up with the city’s festive vibe.
Address: Netaji Subhash Palace, Lala Jagat Narayan Marg, Guru Govind Singh College, Pitampura, Delhi, 110034
Ticket price: INR 20 per person
4. Zorba (The Buddha)
Hosting some of the most unique dandiya events in Delhi for a while now, the Zorba, credited as one of the largest open faith spiritual centres in the world is a must-visit. A beautiful melange of some spiritual activities along with pulsating music to indulge in some raas dandiya, this place beckons an overall spiritual enlightenment.
Address: 7, Tropical Drive, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Rd, Ghitorni, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Ticket price: To know more, call +91-7859906101
5. PSOI club
This venue holds various dandiya events every year. Last year it was the superhit Aarambh 2016: Navratri Festival. This year too, look forward to some great free style dandiya on energetic traditional music, interesting exhibits, performers coming all the way from Gujarat and an array of mouth-watering food!
Address: Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Ticket price: To be announced
6. The Emerald
Hosting one of the best dandiya events in Delhi, the Emerald is this huge banquet hall. It is also one of the best indoor places for dandiya for those who want to enjoy without any hustle of rains. Like other venues, this one too can be characterized by colourful costumes and delicious food to look forward to.
Address: B 33, GT Karnal Road Industrial Area, Ashok Vihar, Delhi, 110033
Ticket price: INR 500 per person
7. DLF Phase 2, Community Centre
This year head over to the Community Centre at DLF Phase 2 for an exciting event organized by Gurgaon'ites Events. Along with dandiya raas, you can also look forward to a fabulous exhibition of interesting handicrafts, a scrumptious fare and more. This event will begin at 5:00pm and go on till 11:30pm.
When: Saturday, 23rd September 2017
Address: DLF Phase II, Near MGF Metropolitan Mall, MG Road, Gurugram, Haryana 122002
Ticket price: To know more, contact +91-9810007364
8. Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel
The Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel, with its amazing property is a famous venue for weddings and top-rated events. The boundless acres of verdant lawns prove to the best place to halo a little to the groovy folk music. The resort holds both afternoon and evening dandiya events; however, these may be subjective.
Address: Chhattarpur Hills, Near Chattarpur Mandir, Mehrauli, Chattarpur Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110074
Ticket price: To know more, contact +91- 11 6469 1111
9. Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
This list of dandiya events in Delhi is incomplete without the mention of the fantastic Country Inn & Suites by Carlson. More so if you plan to dance the night away given their amazing accommodations. It’s a great idea to check-in in the resort too. Wake up to a delicious spread of breakfast and fuel yourself up for the next dandiya event!
Address: 579- Satbari Chatarpur Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Ticket price: To know more, contact +91- 11 6606 6100
10. Pandara Park
Hosting one of the most extravagant Navratri celebrations in Delhi, the Pandara Park has new takers every year. Its vast expanse sees several, coming in with friends and families in the characteristically vibrant costumes. Everyone’s welcome here, old and young! Don’t forget to indulge in the tempting titbits!
Address: Pandara Rd, Pandara Park, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Ticket price: Yet to be announced
Best Durga Puja Pandals Delhi 2017
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Along with dandiya events, one can catch hold of some of the most prestigious Durga Puja celebrations across the nation in the capital. With places like the CR Park or Chittranjan Park, Delhi is not far from being a mini version of Kolkata by itself. Here’s a list of the best pandals to catch up on the sweetness of Durga Puja in Delhi.
- Chittaranjan Park
- Minto Road
- Safdarjung Enclave
- Kashmiri Gate
- New Delhi Kali Bari
- Arambagh Durga Puja Pandal
- Timarpur and Civil Lines
- Milani Puja Commitee, Mayur Vihar-1
- Kalibari, Mayur Vihar-1
- Matri Mandir Samity Safdarjung Enclave
Best places to watch Ramlila in Delhi 2017
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And lastly, how can we forget the fabulously entertaining Ramlila, held on Dussehra, this year on the 30th of September, that marks the finale of this festival. Having a long association with this presentation of epics, Delhi is no less than an iconic destination to experience the mythologically significant burning of life-sized effigies of Ravana, Meghnad, and Kumbhakaran symbolizing the victory of good over evil. Here are some of the best places to watch Ramlila and Ravan Dahan in Delhi; you’ve got to go to one!
1. Ramlila Maidan
One of the oldest places to watch Ramlila. The show here has a history of a whopping 180 years. It was pioneered by Bahadur Shah Zafar, a Mughal Emperor, in a quest to keep his army entertained. Don’t miss out on the parade of the show’s performers that begins around 6:00pm.
2. Subhash Maidan (Parade Ground)
The program here is managed by one of the oldest Ramlila-conducting associations of Delhi, the Shri Dharmik Lila Committee, that was a part of the Shri Ram Lila Committee till 1923. You might just run into one of the several prominent personalities that grace this event. Indulge in the amazing Delhi street food here!
3. Red Fort Lawns
A subsidiary of the Shri Dharmik Lila Committee, the Nav Shri Dharmik Leela organizes the Ramlila at Red Fort Lawns. It fell off from the Shri Dharmik Lila Committee in 1958, and is known to have the most modern take on the epic with a lot of use of new technology, especially targeting the younger audience.
4. Lal Qila Maidan (Red Fort Ground)
Organized by a committee that is newest in the lot having been founded in 1979, Luv Kush Ram Lila Committee organizes the event at Lal Qila Maidan. It is popular for inviting Bollywood and television celebrities. The show starts around 7:00 pm and is followed by other cultural events.
5. Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra theatre lawns
An Indian cultural institution, the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra is a reputed school for teaching music, dance and performing arts. The highlight of the Ramlila event here is the inculcation of traditional dance forms. The event has entry tickets that usually range from INR 100 to INR 500 per person.
6. Bagichi Madho Das Maidan
Along with Ramlila this is where the classic burning of effigies takes place. Being in Chandni Chowk, you’ve obviously got to indulge in paranthas and chaats here!
Over a span of nine days, at least one of all the above-mentioned venues can easily be accommodated. Choose your pick, and let us know what was it in the comments section below.
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