Surajkund Crafts Mela, Haryana (Delhi), India, Feb 2011
Every year for two weeks, a record number of visitors including thousands of foreign tourists come to this mega event! The idea behind the Mela is to recreate a pristine rural ambience for foreign & domestic tourists, to educate the patrons of arts and crafts on the skills involved in art creation, to introduce crafts and craftspersons directly to the buyers and to identify, nurture and preserve the languishing crafts of the country. The participants this year also included those from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Russia, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.
Surajkund which is located near Faridabad in Haryana is just about 8 km and an hour's drive from New Delhi. All day, at the Chaupal & in the evenings at the Natyashala, various dance troupes performed to enthralled audiences.
The Surajkund Mela is organized by Haryana Tourism. Visitors payed Rs. 50 as an entrance ticket for the day. The mela was first held in 1981 and the popular event is a showcase for traditional Indian arts and crafts as well as live entertainment. For details visit: http://haryanatourism.gov.in/surajkund/surajkundmela.asp