After a long hiatus of two years, the popular international crafts fair of Surajkund Mela has come back with handicrafts, handlooms, cuisines, folk dances, and many new experiences.
A riot of colours, art at every corner, and a sense of joy de-vivre in the air — the annual international Surajkund Mela transports you to a land of celebration of cultural heritage and folk traditions of India the moment you step in. I remember entering the carnival with my jaw dropped and eyes wide open when I had visited it the very first time for a multimedia project during my college days. I visited three years a row, and each time, the same reaction.
The fair goes beyond an elaborate display of traditional handicrafts. Additionally, it also showcases delectable cuisines, mesmerising recitals and folk dances, thrilling rides, and fun activities from different parts of our diverse country. For the last two years, the space around Faridabad’s Surajkund Lake was being used by early risers looking for a long run and young crowds eyeing for a selfie spot, thanks to the pandemic. After a long wait, the curtains have finally gone up this year on the acclaimed international carnival, inviting thousands of craftsperson from across India to showcase their traditional arts and products.
The 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela was inaugurated by Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana, on March 19. The fair will go on till April 4. It is back and buzzing with a plethora of Indian art and craft, from its various handlooms to paintings, handicrafts, traditional home decor ware, souvenirs, and more. Jammu & Kashmir has been picked as the theme state this year.
From traditional dances art forms to exquisite crafts, there is a bouquet of heritage and culture from Jammu and Kashmir to enthrall the audience. Replicas of Vaishno Devi Temple, Amarnath Temple, Apna Ghar representing architecture from the state, live demonstration of shikaras or house boats and Mubarak Mandi – Jammu promise to be the main attractions this year.
The partner nation of Surajkund Mela 2022 is Uzbekistan. The fair attracts visitors from across the globe and more than 20 countries are taking part, including Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran, and the Maldives. An e-ticketing system has also been installed for the convenience of the visitors as around 25 lakh people are expected to visit the fair.
People can visit the mela between 12:30 pm and 9:30 pm daily. Ticket prices are INR120 per head on weekdays and INR180 per head on weekends. Book your ticket for Surajkund Mela here.