Hosted every year by Haryana Tourism, Surajkund Mela is the biggest International craft fair that provides a platform for global artists to showcase their culture and talent.
Traditional artists, painters, weavers, and sculptors from all parts of the country (as well as from abroad) participate in this annual celebration.
The theme normally is specific to a state of India and this is depicted at the entrance to the Mela grounds. This provides an ambiance of that particular state with characteristic colors, materials, architecture, furniture, and decorations.
The fair initially was a national fair but was upgraded to an international level in 2013. The mela attracts talented painters, sculptors, weavers, and craftsmen not just from India but also from other parts of the world.
The 15-day fair highlights the best monuments, handicrafts, handloom, and cuisine of various places. You will also see traditional folk dances and other performances (puppet shows, musical shows, and more).
The fair also includes a food festival covering some of the popular cuisines from different parts of the country. Entertainment in the form of famous rhythms, dances, and folk theatres of India are also showcased during the festival.
When & Where
- When: Usually held in Feb every year
- Location : Surajkund village near Faridabad
- Promoted by Haryana Tourism.
Surajkund (meaning ‘Lake of the Sun’) is an artificial Kund (lake or reservoir) built in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills. Surajkund Mela is located at a distance of 8 km from South Delhi in Faridabad.
Ticket price for the fair ranges from 100 to 200 INR depending on the demand. Tickets for the fair can be bought online and at the venue.
In the past, Bollywood actor Dharmendra (who happens to be Haryana Tourism’s brand ambassador) inaugurated the Surajkund Mela.
How to reach?
It is easily accessible by bus from ISBT, Faridabad, Shivaji Stadium, Gurgaon Bus Depot. Also, tour facilities are available from Haryana Tourist Bureau at 36, Janpath, Delhi. You can hire tourist cabs/coaches to Surajkund Mela conveniently from New Delhi.
How to reach at Surajkund Craft Fair if you’re coming from outside Delhi!
By Road : Surajkund is well connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad district through tourist cabs and personal conveyance.
By Air/Flight : The nearest Airport is Delhi. The complex is a 35 minute drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. 25 km from Palam Airport.
By Railways : Delhi is the nearest Railway junction. Faridabad and Gurgaon are both linked to Delhi via Railway lines.
Surajkund Crafts Mela – Previous Year