Diwali is not just a few days’ affair but is the biggest and brightest occasion of the year. It marks the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after spending 14 years of exile and defeating the evil Ravana who abducted his wife, Sita. But now, it has become a full-fledged season which includes distribution of gifts, lighting up houses, interesting events, stunning melas, awesome parties, meeting friends and family and everything that amps the ante of this fantastic festival. So, here’s a handpicked list of 5 best Diwali melas in Delhi to help you decide which one (or more) to visit this year.

Blind School Diwali Mela

Of all the Diwali melas in Delhi, Blind School Diwali Mela is probably one of the best fairs to take place annually. Started by Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, this amazing initiative features items prepared by the blind school students. From handmade lamps, gorgeous jewellery, decorative diyas and candles to colourful clothing items and footwear, there’s a lot that you can buy from this mela. And for those who love gorging on food, this place offers delicious delicacies from different Indian states that you wouldn’t be able to resist.

Date: 10 to 16 October

Address: Blind School Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Near Oberoi Hotel

Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM

Entry- Free
Select City Diwali Bazaar

Time to bask in the festive spirit at Select Citywalk! From beautiful apparel to traditional imitation jewellery and an array of gorgeous home décor options to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice as you explore the stalls at Select City Diwali Bazaar. The added bonus of this place is that you can extend your shopping extravaganza and head straight to the mall afterwards. Now with cheap flights to New Delhi via ixigo, plan your holiday right away!

Date: 4 to 8 October
Address: Select City Mall, District Centre Saket
Timings: 12 PM to 10 PM
Entry- Free

Defence Colony Diwali Bazaar

Held in a plush locality of Defence Colony, this Diwali mela is famous for having a colourful and fun-filled environment. There are plenty of kiosks which are built inside the colourful canopies that offer a wide range of unusual items. Adding more fun to this mela are the DJs and the great dance performances.

Date: 14 to 15 October
Address: Gumbad Roundabout, Defence Colony Market
Timings: 2 PM to 10 PM
Entry- INR 50

Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela

Being one of the oldest Diwali melas in Delhi, Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela is extremely popular and has every ingredient to attract visitors from all walks of life. It is filled with interesting stalls, giant wheels, magic shows, clothing & jewellery along with mouth-watering food.

Date: 14 to 15 October
Address: Colony Park, Sunder Nagar

Timings:  4 PM to 10 PM

Entry- INR 100

Dilli Haat Diwali Mela

Dilli Haat, a popular destination in Delhi which is famous for handicrafts and traditional apparel also hosts an extremely popular and amazing Diwali mela every year. Not to forget there are also some very engrossing cultural performances that will set your mood perfectly for all the festivities around.

Date: 13 to 15 October
Address: Dilli Haat, INA, Aurobindo Marg

Timings: 10 AM to 10 PM

Entry- INR 30

So, what are you waiting for? Start on a shopping spree and fill in your tummies with delectable cuisines from across India. Till we meet again, happy travels!