Majnu Ka Tilla – The Tibetan Twist To Delhi !
I came to know about Majnu ka tilla through a video on YouTube and I found it to be very fascinating. I wanted to pay a visit as soon as I could and so the Sunday was spent wandering in the narrow lanes of Majnu ka tilla. It surprises me how we have these hidden gem of places so close to us and we have no clue about it. Majnu Ka Tila is actually a Tibetan refugee colony which is also known as Little Tibet of Delhi. I wonder how it got such a unique name, “Majnu ka tilla“, it is quite a filmy name for such quaint lanes.
Majnu ka tilla is an appropriate place for shopping and indulging in authentic Tibetan cuisines. As soon as you enter the main lane and walk for a while, you will reach a courtyard which has a temple. The temple has quintessential Tibetan look and feel, it reminded me of my visit to the Dalai Lama temple in Mcleodganj. If you are lucky you might get to see them performing their prayer rituals as well.
Majnu ka tilla is a great place to shop for unique items and junk jewellery. They have road side shops as well as proper stores where you can purchase typical Tibetan stuff for your home.
Though it a street market, it is not inexpensive. The uniqueness of items comes with pretty good prices. Highlights for me were prayer wheels, dream catchers, prayer flags, masks, idols of Tibetan deities and solid perfumes. They had some unique shoe collection as well.
Majnu ka Tilla houses many restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food that includes dimsums and thukpa. We ate at the Asian Kitchen and it was an okay experience. Later we got to know that Rigo is great place to eat but it was too late then as we had eaten already. After shopping and eating we decided to head back. It was a different experience and I quite liked it. I might not go back there again unless I have a purpose, but if you haven’t been there even once then it is worth a visit.
How to reach: Get down at Vidhan Sabha or Kashmiri Gate metro station and from there take a rickshaw to Majnu ka tilla. If you aren’t a local there are a lot of hotels in Delhi which are nearby where you can put up and roam around Majnu Ka Tila.
Entry Fee: Nill