Surajkund Handicraft Mela
Surajkund Handicraft Mela is held every year at Surajkund, which lies about 8 kilometers from South Delhi. The Mela is organized by Haryana Tourism Department in collaboration with Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The first Mela was held in 1981.
The idea is to promote handicraft artists from across India and abroad to showcase their talent and do business.
Time of Mela
Surajkund Handicraft Mela is usually held in February. The 30thSurajkund Handicraft Mela is scheduled to be held from February 1 to 15, 2016. The theme state for next year’s Mela is Goa. Craftspeople from Sri Lanka are also supposed to participate and exhibit their handlooms and handicrafts in the Mela.
Surajkund Handicraft Mela provides a golden platform for skilled craftspeople and artists from India and abroad to showcase their art and craft work, which is derived from their rich culture. The Mela features typical rural setting that makes ancient crafts tradition come to life. Visitors feel as if they are transported to another land of some ancient time.
Surajkund is a large ground. Its name comes from 10th century ampitheater sun pool, remnants of which are still present there. The ground or kund gets transformed into a vibrant area with make-shift stalls and interesting activities. Visitors can awe themselves through exquisite paintings, ivory work, stone work, pottery, textiles, stone work, wood stock, mirror work, embroideries, lacquer work, glass work, and more.
The Mela is not limited to handicraft exhibition. It also features musical evenings, workshops, and theater. Visitors can dip their taste buds in savory rural cuisine, which adds flavor to the crafts fair.
Surajkund Handicraft Mela presents miniature India. Apart from artisans and craftspeople, it also provides a platform to acrobats, folk dancers, magicians, and musicians to showcase their talent. Open Air Theater or “Natyashala” is an interesting feature of this Mela.
The Mela also features several activities like golf, polo, water sports like Kayaking, open air quizzes, musical evenings, and more. There is also rock climbing at the Surajkund complex. All this and more indulge visitors to the core so that they have a memorable time at the Mela.
How to Reach
Surajkund is well connected to Delhi, Gurgaon, and Faridabad through cabs. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is about a half hour drive from the kund. The nearest railway stations are Gurgaon and Faridabad. The nearest metro station is Badarpur.
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