One of the decade old annual convergences of India’s ethnicity and folk traditions in the form of craft, art, music, cuisines and dance is back again. Yes, the inconceivable 17-day cultural extravaganza of Surajkund Mela is all set to make its 32nd appearance in Faridabad on 2nd February. Every year a diverse range of craftsmen flock here from different states of India to celebrate and participate in this happening heritage fair.
Sprawled with an area of over 40 acres, the ecstatic ambiance of the event entices a huge number of domestic and international footfalls every year. Last year, the footfall of Surajkund Mela has scaled a new feat of 1.2 million. Keeping in mind the growing attractions of the fair, a huge number of tourist footfall is evenly expected this year by the Mela Authority. This popular fair is organised by the Surajkund Mela Authority in alliance with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Haryana Tourism Corporation, Department of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs and the Government of Haryana.
Apart from showcasing an array of ethnic cuisines, Surajkund Mela evenly provides a great exposure to the skilled craftsmen and artisans of India and other SAARC nations in exhibiting their proficiencies. At the same time, the fair also provides all the visitors a great platform where they get to witness and learn the vibrant culture of age-old craft, which is not less than any machine produce.
One of the interesting attributes of the event is that every year one state from India is selected as the theme state for Surajkund Mela. The prime focus of this state-based theme selection is to highlight the art, culture, cuisine and crafts of that particular state.
To witness this spectacular cultural fair of India, visitors need to pocket a mere entry fee ranging between INR 50-INR150. However, the entry fees on weekdays (around INR 80/visitor) are different than the fees charged on weekends (around INR 120/visitor). But the event authority offers 50% exemptions on the entry fees for differently-abled people, serving soldiers, senior citizens, widows and their dependents, college and school students.
A blend of cuisines handlooms and live cultural performances drives you to a different level of enjoyment altogether. So if you are planning to experience one of the most spectacular cultural events and gatherings near Delhi, pay a visit to Surajkund Mela in Faridabad. The event is open for visitors from 10.30AM to 8.30PM. If you happen to get there this weekend, make sure to bring home bag full of handmade goodies for your dear ones.
Reaching Surajkund Mela from Delhi is quite convenient. The most feasible way to commute there is by Delhi Metro. The nearest metro station to the event venue is Badarpur Metro Station. From the metro station, one can reach the venue in approximately 30 minutes by auto or cycle rickshaw. Additionally, you can also board a bus that runs towards Badarpur Depot and get down at Surajkund Crossing bus stop. Besides, you can also book a cab from any locations of Delhi and reach Surajkund Mela quite conveniently.
For railway travellers, New Delhi Railway Station is well connected to both Faridabad and Gurgaon. On the other hand, for air travellers, the nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is around 28Kms away from the venue and can be reached by car and cab.