Date of Visit: 6th Feb 2016
A riot of colours, drum beats, cultural extravaganza, themed decorations, indulgence in shopping and food, cacophony of the crowd, long queues for tickets, and a constantly hovering helicopter is just what sums up the Surajkund Crafts Fair 2016 being held at Surajkund, Faridabad from 1st to 15th of February.
The Surajkund Crafts Mela is organised by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs, which is a platform for display of handlooms and handicrafts from all over the country and also foreign nations. All in all it’s a colourful and culturally diversified display for the visitor.
However for majority of the crowd visiting the Surajkund Mela it’s like an annual ritual and winter picnic and very few people actually follow the cultural nuances.
Things to look out for
The Cultural Programmes – There were continuous cultural programmes that were being performed by different states in regular intervals. The main performance of the day starts at 6pm every evening.
Food – Try out the huge jalebi “Gohana ke prasiddh desi ghee ki jalebi” almost the size of a quarter plate. The taste is not very different or superior from any other jalebi but despite its size it was very crispy.
Look out for the men dressed in different Avatars. While the Krishna and Shiva were very patient in giving everyone a chance to click photos with them, the Monkeyman with his expressions and antics was a true entertainer.
Check out the International stalls to get an idea of the varied things famous in various countries. Prices are very steep though.
If you have an interest in art a must visit is the Orissa store for Pattachitra – Very fine drawings of incidents in Hindu mythology.
Try out a hand in pottery at one of the pottery shops where the potter sometimes gives you a chance and guides you to make an item.
For photo enthusiast, it’s a paradise.
Note: Do not forget to bargain
The nearest station is Badarpur Metro station on the Violet Line. You can take an auto from the station which should charge about Rs.100. For shared auto it would be around Rs.30 per head.
Rs.120 on weekends and Rs.80 for weekdays. Half the price for Sr. Citizens and College Students, Differently able and Serving Soldiers. There are huge queues on weekends. A better alternative would be to book it through Bookmyshow.
Note: Wear comfortable shoes, since if you plan to cover the entire fair, grab some bites and also take sufficient photos you would easily take four to five hours going around in the mela premises.
Some glimpses from the Mela