The Haryana Tourism Corporation organises Surajkund International Crafts Mela to promote the craftsmanship, talent, and cultural heritage of local artisans worldwide. It aims to create an environment for the mela audience to view and purchase rural handicrafts from villages that otherwise they may not have the opportunity to visit. It also encourages the export of local handlooms and handicrafts.
Surajkund is an ancient reservoir situated in the backdrop of the Aravalli range in Faridabad, Haryana (India), with an amphitheatre-shaped embankment constructed in a semi-circular form. It is most famously known for its annual fair, called the Surajkund International Craft Mela.
The first edition of the mela was held in 1987 at a regional level. But it gained immense popularity and started to happen at the National level and soon garnered International coverage. It is typically held in February every year for 15 days and attracts artisans, tourists, and communities from all over India and abroad. This year the Surajkund International Crafts Mela will be celebrating its 36th year.
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DETAILS FOR THE 2023 FAIR
Date: 1st February 2023, Thursday till 16th February 2023, Thursday.
Timing: Every day from 10 am – 7 pm
Location: Suraj kund Rd, Lakewood city, Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana.
Tickets Price: Weekdays -INR 120/-, Weekends INR 180/-
Tickets will be available both online and at the premises.
The Major Highlights
The Surajkund Mela is a haven for rural artisans and skilled craftspeople from different regions, states, and countries who exhibit their skills and sell their handlooms and handicrafts on a much larger stage. The Surajkund Mela is the largest crafts fair globally.
Furthermore, its a platform for numerous folk performers and cultural organisations to showcase their talent and perform at open-air theatres specially constructed for the length of the fair. Many renowned national and international folk artists also enthral the audiences with their performances.
With the tempo of folk music, the vibrant ambience, and crowds from different parts of the globe thronging the venue, the Surajkund Crafts Mela is celebrated no less than a festival! You can shop for exclusive handcrafted items, enjoy folk music and dance, and taste finger-licking food from different states of India. There is a plethora of activities to keep you interested.
Each year the organising committee picks a Theme State to promote the cultural history and handicrafts of the particular state and make it even more prominent worldwide. This year the theme state is the North East.
The Surajkund International Mela 2023 will celebrate the unique diversity of the North East region of India. It will be truly a magnificent event, and the experience will be memorable.