Majnu ka Tila is a microcosm of the Tibetan world, which is located a pebble’s throw apart of Delhi's North Campus. After so long, I decided to go to a long time pending visit to MKT.
A little Tibet in Delhi, the Tibetan market is one of the most affordable and most fashionable markets in Delhi. Influenced by local Tibetan refugees, the market showcases the fascinating culture and color of Tibet. A few streets apart from the Gurudwara was our destination of the Wednesday morning walk, the Tibetan refugee colony, also known as ‘Little Tibet’ of Delhi.
STOP1. I FOUND A PERFECT PLACE FOR HIMALAYAN BREAKFAST-AMA CAFE
AMA Cafe placed in Majnu-ka-Tila is a Himalayan themed cafe that offers a wide variety of desserts, cakes, and hot beverages. It is a charming cafe, usually rushed up leading to long waiting times especially during the weekends.
From the ambiance to the crowd to friendly staff to capacious space and finally, to their menu, they provide everything in perfection. You can try anything over there and can't miss yourself expressing the satisfaction you will get. My all-time favorite is their pancakes which are the best and best complemented with their variety of coffee.
The cafe opens from 7 am till 10 Pm. AMA
Cafe is located at House 6, New Colony, Majnu ka Tilla, New Delhi.
STOP2. SHOPPING AT AKAMA HIMALAYAN HANDICRAFTS IN MKT
Akama Handicrafts in Majnu Ka Tila is a shop that has a small part of everything going on, which is why, when I chanced upon it, I felt like I found a treasure trove. Stepping into the store, you’ll see pouches, diaries, bracelets, and necklaces. They also have pretty postcards with beautiful and quirky art on them. You can also buy from their collection of Darjeeling and Assam teas and traditional silver jewelry.
The Shops opens from 9 am till 10 pm.
Akama shop is located just below Ama cafe in Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi.
STOP3. A WALK ON THE BUDDHIST SIDE OF LIFE CALLED TIBETAN MONASTERY -BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND EXPLORED STREET MARKET
It was fascinating to remark that two neigh-boring Buddhist temples were so different in terms of their decoration, the offerings, and how the locals worshipped. What punched me the most was the tremendous amount of color on the streets and inside the temples, we visited. The sight was worth the effort of waking up early morning.
I suggest you take someone slightly more experienced in the area if it's your first time. Though exploring on your own, too, has its charm. It is easy to make a whole day out of a trip to Majnu Ka Tilla, but make sure you don't come here on a Wednesday if you're a non-vegetarian because they don't serve meat on Wednesdays!
This walk not only connected the dots on the legacy front but also empowered me to engage in enhancing conversations with like-minded people on how Delhi is the melting pot of people and cultures from all over the world.
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