Friday, February 18, 2011

Visit to Surajkund Crafts Mela, Faridabad in Feb 2011

I visited the Surajkund Crafts Mela earlier this month. Surajkund Crafts Mela is organized every year in the Surajkund area of Faridabad. This fair has become quite popular owing to the richness and diversity of things on display. This is a must see for those who wish to learn about the traditional arts and craft work in India.

At the Surajkund Crafts Mela

In the fair I was able to see stalls from all the states of India showcasing the richness of our cultural heritage. There were many stalls which were manned by award winners.

The terrain where this fair is organized is another unique feature of the whole event. The place is not a plain ground but has uneven, rocky formations. Going up and down with the uneven terrain has its own charm which I found to be a totally different experience.

For the food lovers there is a food court which offers a variety of delicacies from all corners of India. In fact, I tasted jalebis (a sweet item) which were of a different type than the usual jalebis, they were much thicker.

Improving the Surajkund Crafts Mela

Overall it was a good experience. However, I don't think it's worth a second visit. The other dampener is the traffic and parking arrangement which is nowhere like that for the Trade Fair organized every year in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. In fact, I had to spend more than an hour in the traffic jam on the main road in front of the fair venue.

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