Ten-Second Takeaway

For a breather from hectic city life and a quiet spot away from all the hullabaloo, look no further than the Purana Qila complex, which houses the National Arts & Crafts Museum.

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A canopy of trees leads towards the main entrance, where the main courtyard branches off into the famous Café Lota and a gallery space, with the museum there regularly playing host to various exhibitions of tribal art and craft styles from around the country.

Further ahead is the inner courtyard with a variety of curios on sale, ranging from hand-made bangles and pottery to sarees and assorted metalwork from all over the country.

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There is a section cordoned off from the inner marketplace, with authentic huts from various states of the country on display. We especially liked the Jammu and Kashmir one, which is more of a small fortress than a hut.


The museum is frequented by sketch artists when the weather is pleasant, and you can comfortably sit under the shade and watch them at work; there aren’t many places as peaceful as this one, especially amidst the chaos of Delhi.

Photos: Sarang Gupta/LBB