Surajkund – Ready for the mela of all melas

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The mela of all melas is coming to Surajkund for a fortnight in early February.  With around 1,000 stalls, daily cultural performances and cuisines from across the sub-continent, the specially designed mela ground is ready to welcome shoppers for the 31st edition of this extraordinary fair.

The Surajkund Mela in Haryana is all set to host around 1000 stalls and become the centre stage of a celebration of Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage for a fortnight during the first half of February.

An initiative of the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism, in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs, the Surajkund Mela is celebrating its 31st year.

As well as stalls showcasing art, crafts, handlooms, textiles and more from every state in India, renowned national and international folk artistes and cultural groups will be performing day and evening at the mela’s Chaupals, open-air theatres.

A promotional video clip from the 2016 mela

To promote, encourage and preserve traditional skills, there’s also a specially created heritage crafts section.  The theme state place in this year’s mela is taken by Jharkhand, though all states of India will have a presence at this huge exhibition.

In 2014 the fair took an international flavour with foreign participants invited for the first time.  In 2017 artisans from around 20 foreign countries are expected to attend.

This fair is huge, so to keep the energy levels up, a multi-cuisine food will provide the taste of India and the world.  To keep the kids happy, there’s also adventure sports and joy rides.

Mela information

Traders at the show – A full list of traders attending can be found at this link.

Tickets – Tickets are available at https://in.bookmyshow.com/festival/surajkand-international-crafts-mela

Maps – To help you shop the fair has been split into six zones, but you are bound to get lost at some point.

Travel – Buses to the fairground are available from ISBT, Shivaji Stadium, Gurgaon,Faridabad and Surajkund.  Details about parking can be found at this link.

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