Surajkund, a small town in the Faridabad district of Haryana, had gained into prominence since 1897 for hosting the World’s Largest International Crafts Fair “Surajkund Mela”. Each year the fair is held in February and entices millions of tourists from across the world.
Surajkund Mela is significant due to its majestic display of cultural significance from different partner countries across Europe, APAC and Africa along with India’s own states. Among the partner countries, one of them is selected as the Focus Nation and one of the states from India is selected as the Theme State. This year, the fair has celebrated its 33rd anniversary amongst full galore and grandeur with Thailand being the Focus Nation and Maharashtra as the Theme State.
The artistic diaspora of handmade creations by skilled artists and craftsmen is the main attraction of the fair. You can educate and enhance yourselves with the rich culture and traditions of the different states in India and the countries abroad. Works of proficient art designers highlighting the ethnic woodwork and carvings mesmerise the visitors. The paintings of ancient era depicting the stories and myths of rulers or famous personalities, wind our mind into the age-old historical facts and features. You can find the famous Madhubani paintings from Bihar and the Tanjore paintings from Southern India. Hand made sculptures of figurines or replica of animals and birds or other objects illustrate the exclusivity of the artisans. The dolls and puppets from Rajasthan are also one of the key attractions in the Mela. Pots of various shapes and sizes with myriad patterns and designs are found in many stalls.
Handlooms and textile shops are found in abundance portraying the traditional significance of the Indian states and the partner countries. The renowned among them are the chikankari designs from Lucknow, the Kantha stitch from Bengal and beautiful embroideries from the states of Punjab and Gujarat. From the international market, you can surf through the distinctive display of the country’s dominant specialties. Health and beauty products are also available in different stalls. Traditional ornaments and jewellery adorn the stalls in plenty. You can even find a wide variety of furniture made from wood, bamboo, iron, etc.
The Spectacular Cultural Shows
ingers, dancers, and musicians from the different states of India perform the specific forte of the region. The melodious humming of the singers, the rhythmic beats by the musicians and the elegant movements of the dancers enthral the visitors. The vibrant colours of the dresses captivate the audience. It is interesting to watch the various dance forms and songs from the different parts of India. The open air theatre hosts the splendid cultural shows, engaging the spectators in its glamour. You can also enjoy the musical performances, stunt shows and street plays from the international arena. If you are a poetry lover then you must not miss the chance of listening to the finest poems by many distinguished poets.
The children will never be disappointed inside the fair premises. There are plenty of exciting and adventurous rides to entertain them. There is a gaming zone too where the youngsters can enjoy their favourite video games.
How to reach
The nearest railway station is New Delhi. If you are availing the metro, the nearest metro station is Badarpur. The nearest airport is New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. You can also avail of a cab or ride your own vehicle from Delhi to reach the fairgrounds. Surajkund is well connected with the nearby cities hence commuting to and fro is comfortable and easy.
Cuisines to soothe hunger
Surajkund Mela has multiple cuisines from different parts of India to satisfy the foodies. Several street food delicacies are available in various food stalls, to pacify the food lovers. The eateries from Southern India serve the exotic dosas, idlis, uttapam, and vada. The famous sarso da saag and makai roti from Punjab stimulate the taste buds. You can also enjoy the delicious litti chokha from Bihar. From the cuisines of Eastern India, you can enjoy the fried brinjal and the mouthwatering sweets. The western part of India hosts the famous bhel puri and pav bhaji.
Surajkund Mela reminds us of the expertise of several artists in showcasing the rich heritage and culture which is embedded in our country as well as the partnering countries of the world. The fair has been noteworthy in imparting the knowledge of the age-old traditions and culture, symbolising a country’s diversity and ethnicity.
As we step ahead in the modern era, we tend to neglect or ignore the historical significance rooted inside the country we belong to. Surajkund Mela is one such a fair which enchants and reminds us of our history and chronicles of the past. It is an amalgamation and mix of cultures from various states and countries that enhance our awareness and understanding.