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Choicest mangoes

 MPost |  2015-07-03 21:46:09.0  |  New Delhi

Choicest mangoes

Our Correspondent 
Delhi’s mango lovers can look forward to another fascinating display of mangoes, as Delhi Tourism is hosting the 27th Mango Festival at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri which begins on July 3.

The festival will be inaugurated by  Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi in the presence of  Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi and  Kapil Mishra, Minister for Law, Tourism, Art, Culture & Languages and Water, Govt. of Delhi.

From the orchards of Saharanpur, where the first festival was organized, the annual event was shifted to Talkatora Indoor Stadium in 1991, and then to Dilli Haat, Pitampura in 2010, and subsequently to Dilli Haat, Janakpuri.

With the passage of time, the festival has become a major cultural event of Delhi, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Mango growers across the country including Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will gather here to display the traditional and hybrid varieties of mangoes. These traditional growers of mangoes have attained expertise over generations excelling in research and propagation of this fruit. 

It has been observed that Indian summer is incomplete without mangoes and Delhi’s summer is equally incomplete without the Mango Festival. Over 500 varieties will be on display at the festival. The various types of mangoes on display will include Langra, Chausa, <g data-gr-id="40">Rataul</g>, <g data-gr-id="41">Hussainara</g>, <g data-gr-id="42">Ramkela</g>, Kesar, <g data-gr-id="43">Fazri</g>, Mallika, and Amrapali and other assorted varieties.

There are about thirteen farmers and nine government institutions participating in the festival. Major participating farmers are Tariq Mustafa from Mustafa Orchards, Abdul Samad, Ali Mia <g data-gr-id="32">Jhinjhana</g>, Mohammad Hanif, <g data-gr-id="33">Tafzeel</g> Ahmad and many more.

Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to savor the mangoes, the festival will also offer a package deal of fun and frolic for both children and family members.

The king of fruit is believed to be indigenous to the Indian Sub Continent and is as old as the land itself. There are more than 1365 varieties of mangoes all over the world, and in India about 1000 varieties are available. 

If you want to look at a Mango, which is as small as a grape or as big as a papaya, the 27th Mango Festival is the place to be in.

The Festival also provides agro-industries and food processing industries the opportunity to display their products.

Where: Dilli Haat, Janakpuri
When: On till July 5
Timings: 11:00 – 8:00 PM

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