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SurajKund Handycraft Fair
February Trekking, Travelling and Photography Andy Rawat



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Surajkund Crafts Mela is unquestionably the biggest fair which time schedule is Open 10.30 am to 8.30 pm, Annually Organized by the Haryana Tourism Department in the month of February (1st to 15th) in Faridabad District. 15 days event witnesses huge crowds amounting to lakhs of visitors. Surajkund mela is not only celebration of Indian art and handicrafts, but also of Indian taste. Craftsmen, weavers and workers came from all across the country and neighbouring countries too to display their work and sell their products to the true admirers. Surajkund International Crafts Mela – An event that manages to pull craft enthusiasts, shutterbugs, foodies, foreigners as well as the general public. The festival showcases the art, craft and cuisines of India. The crafts persons from SAARC also participate in this Fair. At the open air theatre, 'Natyashala' folk dances and musical evenings are held throughout the fortnight. The Surajkund mela with its finest demonstrations of unusual products is always set to capture your hearts.

The typical bucolic settings work as a common stage for the folk lovers to take pleasures in graceful Natyashala folk dances. Sandalwood and rosewood carving from South India, 'Chikri' woodcraft of Kashmir, fine cane craft and 'Kantha' traditions from West Bengal and North Eastern states, Phulkari embroidery of Punjab, the 'Banjara' and 'Bunni' embroidery of Gujarat, lace and crochet from Goa, 'Chikan' work of Lucknow are just a few of the amazing exhibits found here. The ground with various colourful canopies, festoons and other ornaments that are installed during the fair. International Crafts event that managed to pull craft enthusiasts as well as the general public.

“Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live.” – David B.
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THE HISTORY

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Welcome to Incredible India! Surajkund was a simple tourist destination till 1987. Surajkund is a large ground. Its name comes from 10th century ampitheater sun pool, remnants of which are still present there. The cultural fair, started in 1987, provides a very important platform for the skilful artists, who love to showcase their wonderful and magnificent handicrafts items. Host of the traditional craft fair, Surajkund distance is 8 km from Delhi. Visitors of Surajkund can still find the ruins of the amphitheatre sun pool, history of which is dated back to the 10th century. Historians also reveal that a holy temple and territory of complex was named as Surajkund after this sun pool. The fair is organized by the Haryana Tourism Department to encourage Indian artists. There are fun rides setup for children and traditional entertainment shows, such as fold dancing, street drama for all. People take full pleasure of sightseeing, adventure sports, wildlife and other tours along with the most favorite of all the shopping. At festivals of Haryana in February the travelers enjoy most at Surajkund Mela.


ART, CRAFT n RURAL CULTURAL

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There are about 400 stalls in this fair. Stalls displaying Indian dresses, suits, shawls were in abundance. Each product was authentic and carried the fragrance of the place it belonged to. To book a stall in the Surajkund, just fill up a tender and submit it in the Surajkund Mela Office in the first week of January. This colorful world of Indian handicrafts many beautiful and beautiful paintings catch the eye. The interesting festival pulls huge numbers of people from various corners of India due to the excellent and striking handicrafts and handlooms. The enthralling cultural evening programmes are held at the main Chaupal during each of Mela evening. The typical handicrafts and handlooms look majestic in the rural backdrop. A stage where folk artistes and Cultural groups from all over the world gathered and present their day performances. To give the fair a complete traditional touch, traditional cultural programs are held and rural cuisine is served.


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Cultural festivals, the combination of vibrant shades of tradition and crafts. People visit fair of surajkund to admire the stunning blend of various cultures ethos. Main attractions is includes wide variety of hand-looms, handicraft items, fabrics and much more. According to the festival calendar Haryana the 31st Surajkund Mela will began on. The distinguished feature of Mela is to participate all state and other countries. Surajkund presents miniature India. Apart from artisans and craftspeople, it also provides a platform to acrobats, folk dancers, magicians, and musicians to showcase their talent. There is also rock climbing at the Surajkund complex.


ATTRACTION HIGHLIGHTS

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The Mela showcases the richness and diversity of the ancient handicrafts, tradition handlooms and the cultural heritage of India. Other stalls displayed marble idols, brass ware, silver and gold plated idols, show pieces and kitchen ware aside from beautiful antique jewellery including necklaces, earrings, bangles, bracelets, vases, wall hangings and masks. Continuing the ritual, the Surajkund Crafts Fair once again is all set to begin on February. Promote handicraft and handloom of different states. A unique festival has largest gatherings of artists in the country where they get an opportunity to showcase their talent. Visitors feel as if they are transported to another land of some ancient time. Colourful works on fabrics such as Sambhalpuri sarees, Rajasthani fabrics, Gujarati Patoala are on display.

A colourful celebration of Indian art and culture, fair occupies a major position in the tourist and is visited by thousands of Indian and international tourists during the fortnight. 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 food court offers various cuisines and mouth-watering dishes from different parts of India. The international pavilion has delecious food available here.


HOW TO REACH

Surajkund, the site of popular Handicrafat Mela is located at a distance of 8 km from South Delhi to Faridabad. The resort is easily accessible by road. Badarpur is the nearest metro station to reach Surajkund Crafts Mela. Board Metro from Central Secretariat till Badarpur. Buses are available from ISBT, Shivaji Stadium, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Surajkund.

BY AIR : The location is a about 25 km from Palam Airport n 35-minute drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

BY ROAD : Surajkund is well-connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad by your own conveyance, taxis n private coaches. Buses are available for the fair site from ISBT and Serai Kale Khan, Haryana Emporium; Baba Kharak Singh Marg.

BY TRAIN : Travel to Surajkund is possible as Delhi is the nearest Railway junction n Faridabad and Gurgaon are both linked to Delhi via Railway lines.

BY METRO : Badarpur is the nearest metro station. Board a Metro from Central Secretariat till Badarpur. Plus, Badarpur lies close to the interstate border of Delhi n Faridabad.

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Andy Rawat Very passionate about visual design. I'm enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. The point is when I see a sunset, waterfall or something, for a split second it's so great, bcoj a little bit I'm out of my brain. And I wonder if I can somehow find a way to maintain that mind stillness.
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