Surajkund Crafts Mela: A colourful delight

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11th Dec 2015
Photo of Surajkund Crafts Mela: A colourful delight by Swati Saxena

Cute little pen stands.

Photo of Surajkund Crafts Mela: A colourful delight by Swati Saxena

Bells on Sale!

Photo of Surajkund Crafts Mela: A colourful delight by Swati Saxena

Bigger ones on bottom left are for men. So considerate!

Photo of Surajkund Crafts Mela: A colourful delight by Swati Saxena

Culture and Architecture – The two things I’ve lately traveled for. But, sometimes, I also like to indulge myself into colourful crowd especially at fairs and festivals. When I moved to Delhi about 3 years back, I was constantly looking for events hosted in the capital that don’t just revolve around food and/or music. ‘Comic Con’, ‘International Book Fair’ and ‘International Trade Fair’ have been some of the favourites along with the lesser known ‘Surajkund International Crafts Fair’.

It is located about 25-50 kilometres from Delhi, depending on where you’re staying. This fair would be of interest to anyone who likes to shop, or just window-shop for handicrafts not only from India, but from 15-20 nations across the world.

While walking along the vivid stalls showcasing everything from a key-ring to huge paintings, I realized it includes a range of crafts from rural areas as well. Some of the booths were even set up like a mini-village, selling handmade pots, candles and vases. I have been visiting it for the last two years and hope to continue doing it, at least until I am a Delhi resident.

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Things to know:

Location: Surajkund, Faridabad

Dates: 1st to 15th February every year.

Timings: 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM

How to reach:

  • The most convenient way is to have your own vehicle. There are parking facilities for cars and bikes.
  • Nearest metro station is Badarpur. From there, hire an auto-rickshaw or cycle-rickshaw. They’ll charge you INR 40-50 per person.
  • There are public buses available from major bus stands – ISBT, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Surajkund. Alternatively, you can take any DTC (Delhi Transport) bus that goes to Badarpur. Get down at Surajkund bus stop and take an auto-rickshaw or cycle-rickshaw for INR 30-40 per person.

Tickets: Entry tickets are available at some metro stations as well as at the venue. I would recommend buying it from a Metro station if you happen to be there because the counters on ground are too crowded, especially on weekends. It costs INR 70 to visit on a weekday and INR 100 on weekend/holiday.

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Cute little pen stands.

Photo of Surajkund, Sector 37, Faridabad, Haryana 121013, India by Swati Saxena

Bells on Sale!

Photo of Surajkund, Sector 37, Faridabad, Haryana 121013, India by Swati Saxena
Photo of Surajkund, Sector 37, Faridabad, Haryana 121013, India by Swati Saxena

Bigger ones on bottom left are for men. So considerate!

Photo of Surajkund, Sector 37, Faridabad, Haryana 121013, India by Swati Saxena
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