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Majnu Ka Tilla

Majnu ka Tilla is a bustling and thriving Tibetan refugee colony located in North Delhi. It is situated between the Yamuna river and the Outer Ring Road. 

It was established in 1960 when the Indian Government assigned land to the Tibetan refugees of the 1959 Tibetan uprising and has now become a stopping place for Tibetans and tourists alike. 

A stone's throw from Delhi University, for years st
Majnu ka Tila in Delhi
udents have made it a home from home munching on momos, noodles and other delicacies from the myriad of hawkers and restaurants.

In 1995, settlers were given notice that their homes were safe until the Tibetan dispute was settled. However, despite this, the colony was informed that demolishing would commence on the unauthorized colony. 

In March 2013 the Government agreed to the camp being added to the list of regularised colonies in Delhi. Sheila Dixit officially named the area as Aruna Nagar and His Holiness Dalai Lama gave it the name Samyeling.

There is a Buddist Temple and a Monastery but one of the best known landmarks of the area is the Majnu ka Tilla Gurudwara, a white structured marble building on the GT road.The name arises from a Muslim hermit nicknamed Majnu (crazy) by the locals. 

In 1505 he met Guru Nanak Dev ji who was impressed with Majnu who spent his time ferrying people across the river for free. Guru ji spent some time with Majnu and thereafter gave his blessings to Majnu.

Finding spiritual peace, Majnu became a devoted disciple of Guru ji and, as a reward, his name was immortalised.  The area became known as Majnu ka Tilla (hillock of Majnu).  

The Tibetan market is another great tourist attraction.  It brings economy into the area and whilst walking through the narrow alleyways, you can hear all languages from Chinese, German, English, Hindi etc being spoken.  

Tibetan gifts, prayer flags, prayer mats and traditional clothes. It is now a heady mix of spiritual teachings and commercialism. A mecca for those returning from or going to Dharamsalata, the area is full of spiritual teachers and monks. 

Book shops selling the teachings of his Holiness the Dalai Lama in English. These book shops are bustling with both Tibetans and foreigners seeking enlightenment and by those also interested in Tibetan culture. 

Hotels and guest houses are both cheap and plenty, but slightly more expensive than Paharhganj. Many restaurants have menus translated into Chinese.

Popular Restaurants in Majnu Ka Tila

Himalayan Restaurant
Address: h no, 26, Outer Ring Rd, New Aruna Colony, Majnu-ka-tilla, Timarpur, Delhi, 110054
Phone: 092051 59672

Kalsang Restaurant Delhi
Address: House 158 Block, 7, Majnu-ka-tilla, New Delhi, Delhi 110054

Bhutanese Tara Restaurant Delhi
Address: House No 3A,New Aruna Nagar, Majnu-ka Tilla,Delhi-110054, New Delhi, Delhi 110054
Phone: 095605 50700

Nor Yak Cafe & Restro
Address: H. No. 31, Block 12, New Camp, New Aruna Nagar, Majnu Ka Tilla, Delhi, 110054
Phone: 099866 55494

Hot Pot restaurant
Address: P63H+3G6, New Aruna Colony, Majnu-ka-tilla, Timarpur, Delhi, 110054

Seramey Restaurant
Address: P63H+69F, New Aruna Colony, Majnu-ka-tilla, Timarpur, Delhi, 110054

BARKHOR House & Restaurant
Address: P63H+69G, New Aruna Colony, Majnu-ka-tilla, Timarpur, Delhi, 110054
Phone: 011 6517 0021

Taste of Tibet Restaurant
Address: House No.13, Block-11, New Camp, Majnu-ka-tilla, New Aruna Nagar, Delhi, 110054

Sumo Restaurant
Address: 15 A, New Aruna Colony, Majnu-ka-tilla, New Aruna Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110054
Phone: 084488 21008

Hotels in Majnu ka Tila

Lhasa House
House No:15, 16, Outer Ring Rd, New Tibetan Colony, Majnu-ka-tilla, New Aruna Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110054•011 6140 8249

Capital O 45254 Ga-kyegu House
110054, New Aruna Colony, Majnu-ka-tilla, Timarpur, Delhi, 110054•0124 620 1616

Hotel North Avenue by Spree
31, Bungalow Rd, Kamla Nagar, Delhi, 110007•011 4730 0400

Grand Venizia
#6, Bhama Shah Marg, opp. Kirpal Bagh, Ishwar Colony, Ashram, New Delhi, Delhi 110009•011 4922 2777

Capital O 45254 Ga-kyegu House
110054, New Aruna Colony, Majnu-ka-tilla, Timarpur, Delhi, 110054•0124 620 1616

Homestay AC Dormitory
1546, Church Rd, near Ritz Cinema, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110006•098704 00475

Maidens Hotel
7, Sham Nath Marg, Prema Kunj, Civil Lines, New Delhi, Delhi 110054•011 2388 5700

New Peace House
House No 199 New Aruna Nagar colony, Majnu-Ka-Tilla, Delhi, 110054•011 2381 0444

Hotel Pitrashish Premium
59, 36, New Rohtak Rd, near Liberty Cinema, Block 59, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110005•011 2871 3384

How to Reach Majnu ka Tila

Reaching Majnu ka Tila is easy. Situated only about 1 mile form Delhi university, it's only a rickshaw ride away. It's a walkable distance from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Metro links lie on both the red (Dilshad Garden -Rithala) and the Yellow line (Jahangir Puri-Central Secretariat).

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