SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS FAIR 2019

Surajkund International Crafts Fair is held in the first fortnight of February every year in Surajkund, Faridabad, near Delhi, the capital of India.


Surajkund International Crafts Fair, Faridabad
SURAJKUND CRAFTS MELA
Hi friends! Hope you all are doing very fine. Welcome back to my blog, bringing to you the most amazing places to see in India. Well, I am excited to report that I have been able to tick one of the five amazing places, I listed in my bucket list for 2019, which I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts this year. I am here to share with you all, my trip to Surajkund International Crafts Fair 2019. 

Surajkund International Crafts Fair boasts of being the largest crafts fair in the world. This fair is held to celebrate and bring out the best works from craftsmen from India and the rest of the world. This is the 33rd edition of the fair and this year the duration of the fair has been increased by two days and is being held from 1st February to 17th February. 


SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS FAIR, Faridabad
SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS FAIR


33rd Surajkund mela, Faridabad
A VIEW OF SURAJKUND CRAFTS FAIR

HISTORY OF SURAJKUND - The name Surajkund means reservoir or pond of sun. King Surajpal of Tomar dynasty, who was the devotee of sun God, built the reservoir in the 10th century. This explains the name. The embankment of the reservoir has an amphitheater type shape with steps. People can sit there and enjoy the view. It is built in an arc which is as per the direction of movement of sun i.e. east to west.

THE FAIR - Surajkund International Crafts Fair was started in the year 1986 by the government of Haryana state, adjacent to Delhi. The fair complex is spread over an area of more than 40 acres. Every edition of the fair has a theme state from India and a partner country. This year Maharashtra from western India is the theme state and Thailand is the partner country. More than 1100 craftsmen from India and 20 other countries are participating in the Surajkund International Crafts fair this year.



Thailand pavilion in Surajkund mela
THAILAND PAVILION


Thailand pavilion view at Surajkund mela
ANOTHER VIEW OF THAILAND PAVILION


Maharashtra at Surajkund mela
IN FRONT OF RAIGAD FORT REPLICA


Raigadh fort, Maharashtra
REPLICA OF RAIGAD FORT, MAHARASHTRA
Chattrapati Shivaji was crowned here and ran his kingdom from here

The fair is organized in a rural ambiance. Stalls are designed in hut style with mud platforms to display wares and thatched roofs to cover them. This gives a distinct identity to the fair and brings to the fore, rich Indian cultural traditions.



UTTARAKHAND DWAR AT SURAJKUND MELA
UTTARAKHAND DWAR


Entrance door of Surajkund mela
ONE OF THE ENTRANCES TO THE FAIR


Haryanvi pagdi at Surajkund crafts mela
APNA GHAR
Surajkund International Crafts Fair is a confluence of crafts and diverse cultures of different Indian states as well as the participating countries. The local and ethnic craftsmen get a platform to showcase their skills and enhance their businesses. The fair or mela(in Hindi), is visited by more than one million people during the period in which it is held, from India as well as abroad.


Egypt stall at Surajkund mela
EGYPT STALL


Art from Egypt
EGYPTIAN ART
Netherland stall at Surajkund mela
NETHERLANDS STALL


Netherlands art at Surajkund Crafts Fair
ART FROM NETHERLANDS

When I went to visit Surajkund International Crafts Fair, the venue was jam-packed. People from all sections of society could be seen there, mingling and enjoying the colorful extravaganza. Students, families, businessmen, villagers, foreign tourists, all could be seen basking in the winter sun in the open and excitedly walking through the celebration of crafts and cultures, that is Surajkund Mela. I could see people of all ages getting amazed by the crafts displayed at the fair. People were dancing to the beats of local bands. It was a riot of colors all around.



Haryanvi girls in Surajkund mela
LITTLE GIRLS DRESSED IN HARYANVI ATTIRE

FOOD - There is a separate food court in the fair. This food court has stalls offering delicacies of different Indian states. You can relish Chole Bhature of Delhi, or a Rajasthani Thali, Jeleba and Tandoori tea, Vada Pao and Pao Bhaji from Maharashtra or Dosa, Vada from south India or a Punjabi thali and much more.



Surajkund International Crafts Fair food court
FOOD COURT


Food court in Surajkund Mela
ANOTHER VIEW OF FOOD COURT

ENTERTAINMENT - There is a Chaupal (an open-air theater) to enthrall you with cultural presentations by troupes from India as well as foreign nations. There are programs during the day and special presentations every evening. Many renowned artists give performances at the chaupal every evening from 6 pm onward.



Chaupal at Surajkund Mela
CHAUPAL - THE OPEN AIR THEATRE


Badi Chaupal at Surajkund International Crafts Fair
PEOPLE WAITING FOR PERFORMANCE AT CHAUPAL


Maharashtra folk dance at Surajkund
FOLK ARTISTS FROM MAHARASHTRA PERFORMING AT CHAUPAL

A separate and special area is available for amusement and adventure activities.



Amusement at Surajkund Mela
CAMEL RIDE AT SURAJKUND

Surajkund International Crafts Fair holds it's own place in the international events calendar and brings together, the crafts and cultures of different and diverse places. 


Do not miss this fair or you would be missing viewing the largest amalgamation of different cultures as well as the richness of India's craftsmanship.


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HAPPY TRAVELING!!

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