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Highlighting India’s folk heritage

SurjakundHistory: The very first effort by the Haryana government in organizing cultural events was the now internationally famous Surjakund Crafts Mela. The mela is held each year from February 1 to February 15. The Mela celebrates the finest handlooms and handicrafts traditions of the country. Prices are relatively lower than in most cases.

How to get there Surajkund lies in the Faridabad district on the Delhi-Agra national highway. It is 8 kilometres from South Delhi. Special transport links to the mela ground can be got by major bus stops in Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad.

SurjakundTimings: The Mela begins from 9.30 a.m. and closes at 5.30 p.m. each evening from 1st to 15th February every year.

What to look out for: Mirror encasing embroidery, delicate lace work, folk motifs on terracotta forms, metal and cane-ware, bangles, silks, toys and trinkets are a must.

Other Attractions: Food from different regions of Indian are on offer here. There is Punjabi food at the Punjabi ‘Rasoi’. South Indian delicacies are Chinese and snack foods also arrive for the event at special stalls. Each a selected state of India is highlighted as ‘theme state’ in terms of craft food and culture. At the fan shaped open-air-theatre name ‘Natyashala’ rich folk dances and musical evenings are held throughout the mela fortnight.

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