Exploring Delhi’s Mini Tibet-Majnu ka Tilla

The Capital, as the adage goes is known for celebrating eclectic cultures and traditions. One of its celebrated example is Majnu Ka Tilla- The Tibetan Abode of Delhi. MKT (as the students refer it to) is located in the Vicinity of Delhi University and Tibetan Refugee Colony .This Tibetan hub is usually thronged by people who wishes to satiate their hunger pangs with some scrumptious Tibetan cuisine and to explore the nuances of this unusual spot away from the humdrum of chaotic urban life.
Anyone in the game to have a peek into the lives of the people who have embraced the Capital and made it a ‘Home away from Home’.

This Condensed version of Dharamshala is only a rickshaw ride away from North Campus.As soon you enters in MKT,the colourful Tibetan flags entices your gaze and the faint echoes of Dalai Lama’s preaching soothes you to the very core. As you step forward what lies in store for you is the inviting lanes that appears like a labyrinth winding sporadically.


Picture this – cafes and Tibetan restaurants, jewellery shops selling quirky silver ornaments, ladies dressed in traditional attires selling momos and day to day grocery items along the street, flashy fashion outlets, travel agencies selling hot deals for vacations in the north east, tourists frantically clicking away pictures and natives going about their daily chores.

When in MKT, try these things out.
1.When it comes to gastronomical delights,MKT has everything in store to tingle your taste buds.


To satiate sweet cravings,head onto Ama Café.
This quaint café should be in every bibliophile’s must visit list. AMA is known for its delicious pastries, enchanting ambience and quirky interiors. Do try out Ama’s forte-tiramisu.


If the smell of hot piping Thukpa laced with chilli flakes along with fruit beer doesn’t make you drool, then drop the plan,stay home curled in your mittens contemplating the miseries of your life. Or if the former still seems like a Spot On, then who’s stopping you.?

2. Don’t Miss the Monastery…!

Pray at the Buddhist Monastery, turn the prayer wheels and talk to the monks. The serene ambience with soft ringing bells in the backdrop makes for a calm afternoon getaways.

3. Soak in some Folklore


Talk to the people around. The culture can simply be grasped through the folklore which these people carry along with them.Engage in conversations with the local people. Sometimes, to get the essence of a particular culture all you need to be is ‘All Ears’.

4. Momos, Anyone….?

Can you resist the temptation of irresistibly hot momos served with chilly chutney and a dollop of Mayo…?
Though we have improvised the original taste, coming up with loads of varieties.The ones prevalent here carry a taste that until our eyes bleed with tears and an indispensable urge of water knocks us down, we wont claim the momos are worth it..! Be it Vodka Momos, Tandoori Momos, Hariyali Momos and what not..Delhi,in the last year had been host to one such festival which featured eclectic varieties of momos. I wont deny, I simply loved it.
Some change is good too..! You wont regret, I can vouch for it.
How to get there – Take the Metro {yellow line} up to Vidhan Sabha, and a rickshaw from there.
So, mark MKT in your calendar for the approaching weekend.

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