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11 Most Popular Diwali Melas To Attend In 2019 For Tons Of Shopping, Food & Fun!

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City Wire 11 Oct 2019

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It’s that time of the year again, folks! Spring cleaning has commenced, card parties have started to go on late into the wee hours of the morning, your fridge is chock-full of yummy, sugary delights courtesy kind relatives (you don’t have to look for that last piece of chocolate anymore - you’ve got boxes full of ‘em now) and it’s time to unburden your wallets for some good ol’ Diwali cheer! 

In the spirit of all that’s festive, gather your gang and gear up for an evening full of bright lights, diyas, crackers and yes - beautifully-decked stalls carrying pretty treats just waiting for you - it’s Diwali mela time. Read on to get the scoop on the most happening Diwali melas in town!

1. Festival Of Lights By Dastkar @ Chhatarpur (On Till 23rd October)

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Oh, you’d SO regret missing this one out! Hosted by Dastkar, Festival of Lights is a Diwali mela where you can shop for beautifully handcrafted apparels like Tassar Weaves, Bandhani, Chanderi & more and jewellery like gemstones along with home decor stuff like Sarkanda Grass Work, Dhokra, Terracotta Diyas & Lamps, Ceramics & more. You could also shop Thangka Paintings, Nature Flore Lamps, Handcrafted Candles and more for your famjam! Dastkar is a society for crafts and it works towards improving the status of craftsmen in the country. So come see the beauty of Indian handicrafts here and add some pretty knick-knacks to your homes this Diwali! 

On Till | Wednesday, 23rd October
Where | Nature Bazaar, Andheria Modh, Desu Colony, Chhatarpur
Timings | 11 AM - 7:30 PM
Entry | Rs 30
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/dastkarsociety/

2. The Grand Diwali Carnival @ Dilli Haat, Janakpuri (On Till 13th October) 

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This much-awaited Diwali Carnival recently announced its dates, guys and we couldn’t be happier. Buckle up as this time also, you’ll be able to get your hands on fabulous handicrafts, handloom and home decor items along with snazzy jewellery, mehendi artists, bangles and gift items to sort your Diwali shopping! And after munching on yummies, you can also enjoy puppet shows, cultural programs and more. Oh, and don’t forget to take your kids for a camel ride as the entry for tots under the age of 10 is absolutely FREE!

On TIll | Sunday, 13th October
Where | Dilli Haat, Janakpuri
Timings | 12 Noon - 11 PM
Entry | Rs 20
RSVP On FB Here | https://www.facebook.com/events/517995168949539/
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/DILLIHAATJP/

3. Diwali Carnival 2K19 @ JLN Stadium (On Till 13th October)

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Touted to be the biggest carnival in town, seems like Diwali Carnival 2K19 is going to be a must-visit! With amazing food stalls to tickle your taste buds to apparel stalls with all the trending styles, this one’s going to be huge, it seems. Plus, this mela will keep you entertained with amazing live band and dance performances too. Yep, that’s right, fellas! So, take your kids below the age of 10 years for free along and get the real festive feels! 

On Till | Sunday, 13th October
Where | JLN Stadium - Pragati Vihar 
Timings | 11 AM - 11 PM
Entry | Rs 135
Book Your Tickets Online Here | https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/diwali-carnival-at-jln-stadium/ET00112637
RSVP On FB Here | https://www.facebook.com/events/1139862816213887/

4. New Moti Bagh Grand Diwali Mela 6th Edition (13th October)

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With a footfall of more than 2,500 people and 95 vendors at their previous edition, these folks are back with their 6th edition with an aim to provide opportunities to women entrepreneurs and small, traditional businesses. In this edition, they supposedly have 120 stalls for you to shop your hearts out at, several yummy food kiosks by uber famous names including Bittu Tikki Wala, Gulati’s and more along with several games, cultural programs and a separate kids section!

When | Sunday, 13th October
Where | Central Park, New Moti Bagh, Shanti Path
Timings | 10 AM - 11 PM
Entry | Rs 50
Call Them | +91 9599 408 281
RSVP On FB Here | https://www.facebook.com/events/361808931409009/
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/nmbgdm/

5. Karwa Chauth & Diwali Mela @ Dilli Haat INA (16th - 27th October)

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Apart from bright lights and endless shopping options, this time they also have a Culture Program in the evening, special stalls for shingar, mehendi, Diwali decorations & more, ethnic cuisines from 23 states and live Banjara Dance and piano performances. Plus, there is also going to be an International Ethnic Folklore Festival from 18th - 20th October with more than 150 international artists from 15 different states, Indonesia, Mexico, Tanzania, to name a few.

When | 16th - 27th October
Where | Dilli Haat, INA Market
Timings | 10:30 AM - 10 PM
Entry | Rs 30 (Adults), Rs 20 (Kids Of 5 - 12 Yrs.) & Rs 100 (Foreigners)
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Dilli-Haat-INA-858726330958892/

6. 10th Grand Diwali Mela @ Epicentre (18th - 20th October) 

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Now this is a mela that's jam-packed with fun events and shopping forays. With over 150 stalls, they’ll have various fashion and lifestyle brands, handicraft leather products, cosmetics, toys, games, stationary, books, electronics, home appliances, footwear, handlooms, home décor, gardening, clothing, furniture, crockery & cutlery, artificial jewellery, herbal & ayurvedic food products - phew, that’s seriously A LOT. You can also enjoy delish grub from some of the best places in the city, so shop and eat and make the most of your Diwali right here!

When | Friday - Sunday, 18th - 20th October
Where | Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon
Timings | 11 AM - 8 PM 
RSVP Online Here | https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/delhi/a6f5fc13df6b99584adc8bad6f88bbad

7. Meri Dilli Utsav @ Dilli Haat, Pitampura (18th - 20th October)

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Being held at Dilli Haat in Pitampura for the past few years, Meri Dilli Utsav is an extravagant Diwali mela that you CANNOT miss out on! With more than 200 lifestyle stalls, an amazing collection of kurtas, sarees, embroidered bags, pretty dupattas, home decor items, candles, lanterns and more, this mela is perfect for all your pre-Diwali shopping. You can also catch several live performances like fun fashion shows, various dandiya and dance performances and more here. So bookmark the dates and don’t even think about missing this one out! 

When | Friday - Sunday, 18th - 20th October
Timings | 4 - 11 PM
Where | Dilli Haat - Pitampura
Entry | Rs 20
RSVP On FB Here | https://www.facebook.com/events/395163951344908/
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/meridilliutsav

8. The Blind School Diwali Mela (18th - 24th October)

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A much-revered, much sought-after and very beautiful mela, the Blind School Mela is an institution in itself and has been around for ages! From handmade and painstakingly painted bunches of diyas to pretty apparels, Diwali decor items, gorgeous home decor items, colourful lamps and TONS more - the Blind School Diwali Mela shines the brightest! Come one, come all - this carnival is a once-in-a-year delight that you really don’t want to miss! Did you know that most of the stalls here are put up by NGOs? Yep, and these are for a good cause!

When | Friday - Thursday, 18th - 24th October
Where | Blind School Grounds - Near Oberoi Hotel, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Lodhi Road
Timings | 10 AM - 8 PM
Entry | Free

9​​​​. Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela (19th & 20th October)

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A traditional, staple Diwali mela that’s been around for decades, the Sundar Nagar Diwali Mela is renowned for its stunningly exquisite decorations, brilliantly laid out stalls and precious artisanal finds that you won’t find anywhere else in Delhi. We’re super excited for this Mela! So, see y’all there?

When | Saturday & Sunday, 19th & 20th October
Where | Sunder Nagar Lawn, Sundar Nagar
Timings | 4 PM Onwards
Entry | Rs 100
Call Them | +91 11 2435 1926
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/sundernagardiwalimela2016/

10. Preet Vihar Diwali Mela 2019 (19th & 20th October)

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All the East Delhiites, don’t you worry as here comes Preet Vihar Diwali Mela with its massive food court for you to munch on some yummies after you’re done appreciating the pretty lights the arena will be decked in and had you fill or thrill on the swings here. And when it comes to melas, shopping is a must, right? So, what could be better than stalls from where you can bring home amazing apparels, home decor items and oh so much more? And if you’re worried about your tots, well, they've got a Kids Activity Area to keep your little ones engaged and happy!

When | Saturday & Sunday, 19th & 20th October
Where | CBD Ground, Near Leela Ambience Hotel & Cross River Mela, Shahdara
Timings | 6 - 11 PM
Entry | Free
Call Them | +91 9599 766 501
RSVP On FB Here | https://www.facebook.com/events/2535660869829081/
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/preetvihardiwalimelasamiti/

11. The Grand Diwali Mela @ DLF Promenade (31st October)

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The Grand Diwali Mela at DLF Promenade is gonna be LIT AF as they have a whole lot planned for you. From shopping to food and even music, you absolutely cannot afford to miss out on this one. Did you know there’s also gonna be a LIVE band performance every day? Now, isn’t that just fantastic?! Also, one lucky winner will win a trip to Dubai when you shop at this awesome Diwali Mela. So, what’s the hold-up, guys? Head over now and get, set, shop!

On Till | Thursday, 31st October
Where | DLF Promenade - 3 Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj Mall Road
Call Them | +91 11 4610 4466
Entry | Free

So which of these awesomesauce melas are you most looking forward to?

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