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Top Delhi festivals to experience this winter

Head to these interesting festivals and events taking place across the capital
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With Christmas and New Year round the corner the city’s festive quotient is definitely high.

The biting cold hasn’t set in yet, and with the sun out and a little nip in the air Delhi’s weather is at its best. Take advantage of the weather and head to these interesting festivals and events taking place across the capital.

The Grub Fest Weekend

The food mecca of Gurgaon – Cyber Hub – will host the Grub Fest Weekend where many popular restaurants (Karim’s, Granny’s Kitchen, Social, Sufiaana, Zambar, Fio, Mamagoto, Fork You Too and others) will showcase their signature dishes. Besides this there will be live music and culinary demonstrations.

When: 11 December – 13 December, 2015

Where: Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Street Food Festival

Whether it’s Mumbai’s famous vada pao, Kolkata’s kathi rolls, Chicken 65 from Karnataka, dosa from south or our very own papdi chaat you’re craving, the Street Food Festival has the answer for all. With over 100 stalls from across the country, it’s the biggest variety of street food you can ever get. Apart from this they have puppet and magic show for kids, musical bands and many other interesting events.

When: 11 December – 13 December, 2015

Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi


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Delhi Cocktail Week

If you like your drink with a twist, then don’t skip the Delhi Cocktail Week. The capital is geared up to celebrate this across pubs and bars in the city with tasting sessions, pub crawls, mixology classes and pairings. Head to any of the participating clubs, pubs or bars (more than 100) and you’ll find many interesting cocktails on offer and also a chance to learn how to make one.

When: 12 December – 19 December, 2015


India’s First Broadway Musical

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast is the country’s first Broadway-style musical with a cast of 18 Indian actors. It ran packed shows in Mumbai. Now in Delhi, 12 shows will take place over nine days at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex. Like a typical Broadway, the actors will sing and dance with elaborate costumes. What’s exciting is that Amitabh Bachchan has done the prologue.  Beauty and The Beast is one of the longest running musicals that’s been to 28 countries. Now that it’s in your city, don’t skip it.


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When: 19 December – 27 December, 2015

Where: Thyagaraj Sports Complex, INA Colony

Krackerjack Karnival

This is a fun carnival for kids and families with plenty to do. They can meet their favourite cartoon characters, take part in educational workshops and, enjoy puppet and magic shows and of course gorge on your favourite food. This is the sixth edition and each time it just gets better.

When: 19 December – 20 December, 2015

Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium


India Art Fair

If you love art then this is the place to be. From young and emerging artists to famous Indian artists, all of them showcase their work here. The fair is divided in five sections – Focus, for solo exhibitions; Institutional, where leading international and Indian museums and art foundations showcase their work; Platform, which is for young emerging artists; Galleries, that features work of leading Indian and international galleries; and Projects, which is for massive sculptures and installations.

When: 28 January to 31 January, 2016

Where: National Small Industries Corporation Grounds, Okhla


Jaipur Literature Festival

Among the largest literature festivals in the Asia Pacific region, it is open to all. Some of the best names from the Indian and international literary scene take part in talks, debates, book reading sessions and cultural evenings. This time authors like Stephen Fry, Amish Tripathi, Ruskin Bond and also the famous photographer Steve McCurry will be there. It is a great draw for bookworms.

When: 21 January – 25 January, 2016

Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur



AUTHOR'S BIO: traveller and foodie at heart, Pallavi Pasricha has explored many destinations across the world. But that never seems to be enough and she’s always ready to hit the road again. Her obsession for travel is combined with a love for photography. She is currently working as a senior commissioning editor at Lonely Planet India.