I have been a regular visitor to Surrajkund Art and Handicrafts mela for a last couple of years. This is a unique kind of mela where almost every state of the India participates to showcase their respective state handicraft work. A few foreign countries also participates in this mela every year. Schedule of Surajkund mela is generaly fixed it is hosted during 1st Feb to 15Th Feb every year at Surajkund, situated in Delhi / Faridabad border. This year the mela is in its 25th year and Andhra Pradesh is its theme state this year. As I always go ooo la la for Hyderabadi pearls, this year I was very keen to visit, and yea finally last Sunday I could made it to the mela ground. Here I share my experience with you allÃ¢â‚¬Â¦:)
How to reach here –
If you stay in Delhi and have your own vehicle then thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the best option. Otherwise I would advise to hire a cab / auto from Badarpur metro stn, or Tuglakabad. There are a few buses on the route but the frequency is very low. The location is next to Tuglakabad / Karni Singh shooting range.
When Suraj Kund Mela takes place
Between 1st Feb to 15th Feb every year.
Suraj Kund Mela Timings –
9.30 am to 7.30 pm
Entry Fees (adult)
Rs 50/- per person (this year)
Participating Foreign countries (in 2011)
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Cyria, Sri Lanka and Russia.
The mela ground is a massive area which has separate shopping zones. It has a separate amusement zone also with carnival ride near the entry point. I would suggest donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t simply rush to the amusement zone after buying the entry ticket there are lots and lots of happenings inside the main mela area. Once u are inside the main area u will find hundreds of stalls selling handicraft to jewelry to wonderful murals and sculptures, toys, decorative items and what not… The ground has a separate food court selling mouth watering delicacies of different states. There are also mesmerizing folk art performances which start at 11am everyday at numerous chaupauls. Last Sunday when we visited we saw great Indian Laughter show performers Pratap Faujdar, Khayali, Ehsaan Quereshi making the crowd go crazy over their comedies. I had a great fun hearing their comics Ã¯ÂÅ .
The 1st thing which attracts eyes is the Ã¢â‚¬Å“VillageÃ¢â‚¬Â ambiance of the mela ground.
Maharashtrain hand made embroidery work..
One of the numerous chaupals where folk artist perform everyday..
One of the many colorful huts..
Hand made Bamboo chairs..
This wonderful Â Jute work of my home state caught my attention instantly.
Chole bathure wala has hanged the Bathura in display!!:D:D
Amusement areaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦without giant wheel no mela is complete 😛
And lastly, few of items I shopped a wooden agarbatti stand, a Rajasthani Jutti, a wooden bowl+spoon, a red Sandalwood Mala, a rudraksh bracelet, Mysore special agarbatti, a cooking kadchi (lol..)
Along with this I also bought special Andhra made dry mango pickle and Tamarind+chilli pickle, they were yummÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.. .
Did you like anything in the Surajkund Mela mela ?