You sure must have been hearing people around you going on and on about their visit to Surajkund Mela or making plans of the same. Wondering what’s so special about it which has left everyone so thrilled? Well, for those of you who aren’t aware, Surajkund International Crafts Mela is the largest crafts fair in the world unfolding the richness and diversity of regional and international handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric. Held during the first fortnight of February every year, this epic mela offers a mix of vibrant colours, rhythmic beats and a cheerful environment for visitors to enjoy.
The curtains went up on the 2020 edition of this annual event last week on 1st February (Saturday), with Himachal Pradesh as the ‘theme state of the year’. Lakhs of visitors, including foreign tourists, have already thronged the mela in the past week and you too can enjoy this lifetime experience of celebrating the rich folk traditions and cultural heritage of India until 16th of February (Sunday).
Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2020: What to Do
- Admire the skilled craftsmanship of artisans from across Himachal Pradesh
- Watch hundreds of artistes from the state performing different folk dances
- Enjoy an enthralling evening of cultural programmes at the main Chaupal
- Click pictures at the replicas of Bhima Kali Temple and Maheshwar Devta Temple
- Gorge on authentic delicacies from across the state and the rest of the world
- Indulge in adventure sports, joy rides and other exciting activities for fun
And of course… don’t forget to bring back the most amazing souvenirs and gifts for loved ones.
Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2020: How to Reach
Buses are easily available from ISBTs and Shivaji Stadium in Delhi as well as the neighbouring cities of Gurgaon and Faridabad to Surajkund Bus Stand. For convenience, tourist coaches or taxis can also be hired from Delhi to directly reach the venue. There is limited parking facility within the ground.
- Distance from Delhi to Surajkund: 24 km
- Distance from Noida to Surajkund: 31 km
- Distance from Gurgaon to Surajkund: 36 km
Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2020: Quick Facts
|Dates:||1-16 February 2020|
|Venue:||Surajkund, District Faridabad|
|Timings:||10.30 am – 8.30 pm|
|Ticket Prices:||₹ 120 (Mon-Fri)|
|₹ 180 (Sat-Sun)|
About Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2020:
Surajkund Crafts Mela was organised for the first time in the year 1987 with the aim to preserve the languishing arts & crafts of India. In 2013, the fair was upgraded to an international level and in just a couple of years, it saw a record participation of 20 countries. The mela is organised every year by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. Spread across a sprawling area of 40 acres, the mela ground is dotted with more than 1000 huts where Indian craftspersons and weavers work their magic.
For more details about the 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2020, visit their official page