A delightful handloom and handicrafts fair is held annually at Surajkund (8km New Delhi) in February for two weeks. This internationally famous mela launched in 1981 by the Haryana Tourism is a unique fair showcasing folk arts and rich crafts tradition from all regions of India. This Mela (fair) serves as a meeting ground for talented artists, painters, weavers, sculptors and craftsmen from all over India who display their ware in the typical setting of a rural Indian marketplace.
The fair is unique in the sense that each year the decor is based on a state theme and highlights a particular craft. The look of the entrance, the grounds and the whole setting of furniture, colours, architecture everything will be based on a particular state. Of the total stalls numbering over 400, many will be dedicated to the particular theme craft.
Sandalwood and rosewood carving from South India, 'Chikri' woodcraft of Kashmir, fine cane craft and 'Kantha' traditions from West Bengal and North Eastern states, Phulkari embroidery of Punjab, the 'Banjara' and 'Bunni' embroidery of Gujarat, lace and crochet from Goa, 'Chikan' work of Lucknow are just a few of the amazing exhibits found here. The prices are relatively low when bought from the mela.
At the open air
theatre, 'Natyashala' folk dances and musical evenings are
held throughout the fortnight. A special stall serve traditional food of the theme state along with other
stalls serving food from other popular cuisines like Punjab and South
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Air: The nearest Airport is at Delhi. The complex is 35 minutes drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and 25 km from Palam Airport.
Rail: Delhi is the nearest Railway junction. Surajkund is also well connected by rail to Faridabad and Gurgaon.
Road: Surajkund is well connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad by road. It is approachable by tour coaches, tourist taxis and other public conveyance. Conducted tours are available from Haryana Tourist Bureau at 36, Janpath, New Delhi. Buses are also available from ISBT and Serai Kale Khan, Haryana Emporium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg etc.
Metro: Metro services are also available from Central Secretariat till Badarpur via Sarita Vihar and Mohan Estate. Badarpur locality is close to the interstate border between the city of Faridabad and Delhi.
Festivals - Haryana