Surajkund Mela 2021

Surajkund Mela is the world's largest craft fair. It is held every year at Surajkund, located in Faridabad district, Haryana (8 km away from South Delhi). The word Surajkund means the lake of the sun. A splash of colours, rhythm and joy- all these beautiful aspects come together to define the Surajkund Mela. It is a joyful representation of Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage and occupies a place of pride in the international tourist calendar.


Surajkund Mela 2021 Date


The 34th Surajkund Mela is between 1st and 15th February 2021. The fair tickets are available online and range from Rs. 20 (Indian) to Rs 250 (Foreigners). Tickets are also available offline at the Mela premises. Entry timings for Surajkund Mela are 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. every day.


Highlights of Surajkund Mela


  • The Surajkund Mela is jointly organised by The Surajkund Mela Authority and the Union Ministries of Textile, Tourism, External Affairs, Culture, Department of Tourism, Government of Haryana and Haryana Tourism Corporation.
  • Every year, there is a theme chosen for the Surajkund Mela. The theme of 2021 focuses on the state of Rajasthan.
  • Furthermore, many well-known national and international folk artists present their performances in front of the Mela audience at both the Chaupals and the open-air theatres. In addition to this, culturally enthralling evening programmes are held in the main Chaupal during the evenings.
  • Surajkund Mela is the largest crafts fair globally that showcases the richness of handicrafts, handloom and cultural fabric of India. The Mela indeed preserves and at the same time showcases the heritage, involving the traditional skills which are now fading away due to the rise of cheap machine-made imitations. A particular time of the year is specially marked to showcase these handmade traditional crafts and handloom.
  • To cater to the visitors' taste buds, a specially designed and designated food court is planned out. The multi-cuisine food court features ethnic cuisines from all over the world that are immensely popular with visitors.
  • The Mela truly represents the ethos of rural India. Handmade fabric soaked in ethnic colours truly makes for an eye-catching display for the visitors.

Aims and objectives of the Surajkund Mela


The Surajkund Mela is organised, managed and run with specific aims and objectives:

  • To promote handicrafts and handlooms with the help of artisans invited from all over the country.
  • To promote the export of handloom and handicrafts.
  • To create an environment which promotes the display of rural crafts traditions for Mela audiences who may not, otherwise, have the opportunity to visit the various villages.

Participants of Surajkund International Crafts Mela


Foreign countries and all states of India participate in the Surajkund Craft Mela. Millions of people attend the annual fair. Painters, weavers, craftspeople, and sculptors worldwide showcase their wares at the Surajkund Mela.


Features of Surajkund Mela 2021


  • Free entry to girls from a government-aided school on weekdays, as part of the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign of Haryana Government.
  • Rajasthan- the theme state of the year, will present a light and sound show every evening during the Mela.
  • Renovated 'Apna Ghar' of Haryana will capture visitors in a new Avatar.
  • The fair was upgraded to an international level in 2013. A record number of 20 countries participated in the Mela in 2015 (when Lebanon was the partner nation and Chhattisgarh, the theme state).
  • Disaster Management Plan/ Evacuation Plan is in place along with well planned medical, fire and disaster management facilities at all crucial points.
  • Easy access is provided to services such as bank, dispensary, CCTV control room and Mela police control room so that visitors can reach out to these essential services in a centralised location.
  • To showcase Rajasthan's weaving styles and handloom, a fashion show may be organised.
  • Use of plastic/ polythene bags is strictly prohibited within the Mela premises.
  • A discount of 50% on entry tickets is given to college students on production of ID cards to encourage youth participation.

How to reach Surajkund Mela?


Surajkund is situated in the district of Faridabad, Haryana. It is easily accessible via bus, train and air. The Mela is 24.8 km from the Delhi Airport and 25 km from Palam Airport. The Tughlaqabad Railway Station is at a distance of 4.2 km, and the closest bus stop is Ibiza Town, Surajkund at a distance of 550 m. Buses are available from Gurgaon, ISBT, Shivaji Stadium, Faridabad and Surajkund.


One can opt for redBus for booking online bus tickets. It is one of the most reliable bus booking platforms in the world. You can find all details related to bus routes and buses on the redBus mobile app/website.


There are three main Mela gates which are in proximity to different spots. The gates are known as Shekhawati, Jharkhand gate/ Kerala Gate and Dhanteshwari/ TRC gate.


IMPORTANT:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Surajkund Mela has been postponed from February to another date until further notice. A review of the situation will happen in April, and if the situation seems promising, The Surajkund Mela could be held sometime after April.

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