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India International Trade Fair

Pragati Maidan in Delhi is the chosen avenue for the prestigious India International Trade fair that is conducted every year between the 14th and 27th November. This is a fair where traders from all over the world meet at a common place. The idea for this fair was conceived during 1980 by the ITPO (India Trade Promotion Organisation), an arm of the Indian Government.

Significance

The International Trade Fair is a perfect platform for traders, exporters, importers and other industry related people to meet each other and showcase their business talents.  This huge trade fair, which is one of the trademark symbols of Delhi, is attended by international and domestic bigwigs from a wide range of industries like telecommunications, manufacturing, automobiles, jute, processed foods, kitchen appliances, chemical, pharmaceuticals, interior furnishings, household goods, engineering, toys, sports, textiles, beverages, confectionery, power, electricity etc. Businessmen from these industries come here to exhibit their products.

Hundreds of people from all over the world come to Delhi during November to attend this fair. In the year 2006, which was the 26th year of the fair, close to 350 foreign and 7500 Indian companies had attended the fair, making it a huge success. Apart from the exhibitors, close to 3million civilians, 2.75lakhs businessmen and 91 delegates from 53 countries attended the fair, thereby bringing in a sizeable contribution to the Delhi tourism department. For the year 2012, apart from the hosting country, India, 21 other countries took part in the IITF.

Facts

This important fair runs for 13 days, out of which the first 5 days are exclusively open only to Indian and international business delegates. From the 6th day onwards, general public are allowed to enter the fair. The fair has been so successful, that it has become an integral part of the calendar of traders across the globe. The fair has another distinction that it is the largest fair for consumer goods in India.

Entry Fee

Business Tickets Per Person Per Day (November 14-18, 2014) Rs. 400
multiple entry (validity : November 14-27, 2014) Rs. 1,500
General Public Tickets Child : (5 - 12 years of age) Working Days Rs. 30
(Saturday/ Sunday/ Holiday) Rs. 50
General Public Tickets Adult (Working Days) Rs. 50
(Saturday/ Sunday/ Holiday) Rs. 80 

How to Reach

Delhi Metro

Pragati Maidan, where the fair is conducted every year, is quite accessible from many parts of Delhi NCR (National Capital Region), Gurgaon and Noida. Blue line network of Delhi Metro takes you to Pragati Maidan station, from where Gate 10 of the venue can be covered by walk. This gate directly opens to gate 11. In the Halls 7 to 11, the IREE Exhibition takes place.

By City Bus

There are many buses that keep Pragati Maidan well connected with other neighbouring areas. Air conditioned and non-air conditioned buses, managed by DTDC (Delhi Transport Development Corporation), ply in large numbers between the venue and other important places like Airport. Low Floor buses are quite comfortable in this route. Also, if you take the numbered buses, you can reach Gates 2, 5 and 7 of Pragati Maidan quite quickly.

Airport to Pragati Maidan

Pragati Maidan is just about 17km away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Terminal 3 and ID Domestic Terminal. Many taxis and cabs are available in great frequency from the airport to Pragati Maidan and vice versa. It takes close to half an hour to 45 minutes to reach the exhibition venue; however since Delhi is prone to heavy traffic at all times, these timings could change.

By Taxi

Many cabs are available all through the day for taking tourists to Pragati Maidan from the airport. Some of the reliable radio cab services that you can avail are Mega Cabs (441414141) and Meru Cabs (44224422). Alternatively, tourists can also refer to the Delhi Tourism Development counters found at railway stations and airports, for a list of radio cabs and their contact numbers.

Three Wheeler Auto Rickshaws

Three wheelers and auto rickshaws too are available in large numbers on the road at all times to reach Pragati Maidan easily and quickly.

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