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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 students 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. Ladies and children in beautiful traditional clothes of Tibet sell handmade silver jewelry on the sidewalks. Prayer flags flutter in the wind. Chinese hangings, religious deities, Korean CDs and DVDs kept side by side with authentic 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 and Tibetan are plenty. 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. There are lots of restaurants offering not only Tibetan authentic food but also Chinese, Indian and Sikkimese etc. Many restaurants have menus translated into Chinese.
Popular Restaurants in Majnu Ka Tila
Rigo Restaurant Tibetan Old Camp, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Tee Dee 32, Aruna Nagar, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Wongdhen House Hotel 15 A, New Tibetan Colony, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Ama Restaurant 40, New Tibetan Camp, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Nor-Khyil Restaurant 23, Tibetan New Camp, New Aruna Nagar, New Delhi
Himalaya Rigo Restaurant House 26, New Tibetan Camp, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Coffee House 39, Basement, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Asian Kitchen 29, First Floor, Block 12, New Camp, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Dolma House 1, Block 10, New Tibetan Colony, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Sikkim Restaurant 25, New Aruna Nagar, New Camp, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Wangdud Restaurant 40, New Aruna Nagar, New Tibetan Colony,Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Hot Yak Restaurant Second Floor, Gakhyil House, New Camp,Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Drepumg Loselling 42, New Tibetan Colony, New Aruna Nagar,Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Cafe Plus 29 B, New Sakya House, New Camp, Aruna Nagar, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
New Darvesh B.D. Estate Market, Timarpur, Civil Lines, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi Wimpy 6, Banarsi Das Estate Market, Timar Pur,Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Address: 4 A, Flag Staff Rd, Civil Lines, New Delhi, DL 110054 Phone:011 6519 0511
Address: 2-3Fl.House No.39, Block-12 , New Camp, New Aruna Nagar, Majnu Ka tila, Delhi-110054 Phone: 0091-11238-111-47 Fax: 0091-11-238-111-49
Himalayan House Address: House No.26, New Tibetan Camp, New Aruna Nagar Manju- ka-tilla , Delhi-110054 Phone: +91 11 23813488, +91 1123813988 Fax: 91 11 23814715
Gangchen House Address: House No 191-B Tibetan Old Camp New Aruna Nagar Majnu-Ka-Tilla, Delhi-54 Phone: +91-11-23818678, 23819305, 23815306
Ama Address: Rabsel House,House No 47 New Camp Majnu-Ka-Tilla, Delhi-110054 Phone: +91-11-23812284, 23816977 Fax: 011-23811589 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Peace House Address: House No 199 New Aruna Nagar colony Majnu-Ka-Tilla, Delhi-110054 Phone: +91-11-23810444, 23811777, 23811888, 23817049, 23812888, 23811999 E-mail: email@example.com
Address: House No 3A New Aruna Nagar colony Majnu-Ka-Tilla, Delhi-110054 Phone: +91-11-23810777, 23813697 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Outer Ring Rd, Timarpur, New Delhi
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).