“Came for the cotton candy, left with lots of memories” – Such is the charm of Fairs and I am not talking about any fair but about SurajKund Mela which happens to be the largest crafts fair in the World.
Ever since I shifted to the Haryana State of India, visiting this annual fair has almost become like a ritual.
The vibrant colours, crafts, music and the entire deco of the Surajkund Craft Mela is a treat for anyone and everyone who loves Indian Arts, crafts and fairs.
SurajKund Mela is around the corner and so I decided to make a comprehensive post.
Surjakund Mela 2019 was held from 1st February 2019 to 17th February 2019. Did you miss the mela? Don’t worry, it is an annual affair.
Get cozy and read details like Suraj Kund Mela 2020 dates, how to reach, what to do, where to stay, what to expect and much more than what SurajKund Mela Wikipedia can or won’t tell 😉
surajkund mela, faridabad AT A GLANCE
What is Surajkund Mela? It is an International Crafts Fair which is attended by more than a million visitors including thousands of International tourists.
Surajkund Mela is Celebrated at: Surajkund, District Faridabad
Surjakund Mela is Celebrated during: 1st Feb to 17th February every year.
First Hosted In: 1987
Last Year’s Footfall: 13 lakh visitors including 1 lakh foreigners.
Suraj Kund Mela is Organized by: Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs.
Main attractions: Vibrant and colourful display of Indian and international arts, crafts, handicrafts, hand looms, folk dances and cuisines.
Good for Ages: All ages
Official Website: Surajkund Mela 2019
Online Ticket Booking: 33rd Surajkund International crafts Mela 2019 Online Tickets
Surajkund Mela 2019 Dates
1st to 17th February 2019 are the dates for the 33rd Surajkund Mela 2019.
Surajkund Mela 2020 Dates
1st to 17th February 2020 are the dates for the 34th Surajkund Mela 2020.
At least 20 countries and all the 27 Indian states would be participating in the Mela. The Surajkund Mela 2019 is open to visitors from 10:30 AM to 8.30 PM.
Which country is the partner country at the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019?
Thailand is the Partner Country for the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019. Incidentally, Thailand was also the focus nation in the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela 2012.
Travel Tip: Traditional Thai art and craft range from paintings and musical instruments to beautiful silk wear, wood, stone, and soap carvings, pottery, puppets, Khon masks, and much more.
It was for the first time in the 23rd Surajkund Crafts Mela 2009 that Egypt was invited as the focus nation.
Since 2012 the concept of inviting one country as the Focus nation has been introduced.
Partner Nations over the years
- 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela 2012 – Thailand was introduced as the first Focus Nation during the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela-2012.
- 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2013 – A group of African Nations was in focus.
- 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2014 – Sri Lanka was chosen as the Focus Nation.
- 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2015 – Lebanon was chosen as the Focus Nation.
- 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2016 – China and Japan were chosen as the Focus Nations.
- 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2017 – Egypt was the nation in Focus.
- 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2018 – Kyrgyzstan was chosen as partner Nation.
Which state will be the theme state for the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Fair?
Each year, one of the Indian states gets the honor to occupy the position of the Theme State at the Mela. Maharashtra is the theme State for the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019.
The art, craft, and cuisine of Maharashtra would be in focus this year. Maharashtra is dotted with natural beauty like secluded beaches, mesmerizing hill stations, caves, and man-made forts.
Travel Tip: Don’t forget to visit the replica of Raigarh Fort at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela.
Built in the 14th century the original Raigarh Fort is situated in Raigad in the taluka of Mahad in Maharashtra. It was the capital of the Marathas under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Previous states in Focus:
- 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2016 – Telangana was the state in Focus.
- 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2017 – Jharkhand was the state in Focus.
- 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2018 – Uttar Pradesh was the Theme State.
- An entire list of theme states over the years can be found here.
layout Map of SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS MELA 2019
surajkund mela ticket price
The Tickets for Surajkund Mela 2019 can be bought on the spot as well as online.
Weekdays: INR 120/- per person
Weekends: INR 180/- per person
50% Discount on tickets for
Senior Citizens, Differently-abled people, Serving Personnel, Ex-Servicemen get a 50% rebate on the entry tickets. On weekdays the entry ticket for the above mentioned personnel is Rs.60/- and on weekends it is Rs. 90/- .
College Students get a discount of 50% on their entry tickets on weekdays provided they produce valid ID cards at the time of purchasing the tickets. All School students in groups get a 50% tickets on weekdays with proper recommendation from School Principal.
On weekdays all Students need to pay Rs.60/- as entry charges. However, on weekends their is no discount and the students will have to pay Rs. 180/- .
Freedom Fighters and War Widows
Freedom fighters and war widows with valid Identify proofs do no need to pay anything at the entrance. Their entry is free.
Online ticket booking facility for Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019
You can sit at home and book the mela tickets much in advance through Haryana Tourism s official website www.haryanatourism.gov.in.
Keeping pace with the Digital India initiative, the Mela entry tickets are also available through online ticketing portal bookmyshow.
Suraj Kund Mela entry tickets at Metro Stations
The Mela entry tickets would be made available for sale at 30 Delhi Metro stations at strategic locations, including major stations, terminal stations and interchange stations.
These stations include Dilshad Garden, Inderlok, Rithala, Samaypur Badli, Jahangir Puri, GTB Nagar, Kashmere Gate, Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Saket, Sikanderpur, HUDA City Centre, Noida City Centre, Botanical Garden, Karol Bagh, Kirti Nagar, Uttam Nagar East, Dwarka Sector 21, Vaishali, Laxmi Nagar, Mundka, ITO, Mandi House-6, Lajpat Nagar, Govindpuri, Sarita Vihar, Tughlakabad, Badarpur, Neelam Chowk Ajronda and Escorts Mujesar.
Features of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019 :
The mela is divided into six zones. Each zone has a special ambience and feel created for it. I would recommend the following for a better experience :-
1. Cultural Performances:
For National and International flavor of cultural performances head to the open-air ‘Chaupal’ within the Mela ground where artists perform traditional & folk songs and dances.
You can witness distinguished singers, musicians and poets perform daily at the Chaupal.
There is ample sitting place for all!
2. Competitions for Students.
The Mela will also conduct competitions for school and college students.
3. Amusement and Adventure Activities
Traveling with children? Don’t worry!! There is a separate section earmarked especially for amusement and adventure activities.
Giant wheels, twister rides, bungee jumping and such other rides and activities ensure that their is something for all age groups.
4. aao kabhi ‘Haveli’ Par – ‘Haveli’, The Food Court!
Food kiosks selling authentic food from different parts of India are set up in the Food Court called ‘Haveli’.
If you you have a sweet tooth don’t miss these awesome Jaliebis.
Kulhad wali chai anyone? The unique earthen flavor & smell that these pots infuse in the tea will energize you for further shopping!
5. The security arrangements
The security arrangements have been beefed up with CCTV Cameras installed in the Mela ground along with the Night Vision Cameras.
A large number of security personnel are deployed within the Mela premises.
There are traditional as well as Environment friendly e-toilets within the Mela premises.
7. No Plastic Zone
A complete ban has been imposed on the plastic/polythene bags within the Mela premises.
I think the Surjakund Mela Organizers need to pull their socks on this one. Plastic spoons were given in almost all food stalls.
One of the shops selling earrings offered to pack it for me in thin plastic bag which I refused.
THe Weather of Surajkund Mela, Faridabad
Faridabad during the first two weeks of February has an average temperature of 23°/8°
Travel Tip: Given my past experience, I would suggest you wear a jacket over full sleeves Cotton T-shirt.
Early in the morning, it can get windy. However, as the day progresses it starts getting warm. If your clothing is layered you will it easier to adjust as per the changing weather.
How to reach Surajkund Mela 2019
Suraj Kund is in Faridabad city of Haryana. Visitors staying in Delhi (NCR) can reach the venue by road. If you self drive, Parking details are given below.
The nearest metro station to Surajkund Mela is Tuglakabad Metro Station. Tughlakabad Station is on the Violet Line of the Delhi Metro. It is located between Mohan Estate and Badarpur station.
The nearest airport is at Delhi. Surajkund is 25 km away from the Indira Gandhi International airport and it takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes to travel the distance.
Delhi is the nearest railway junction. Faridabad and Gurgaon are both linked to Delhi via railway lines. From each of these stations, one can travel to Surajkund by car/cab or tourist coach.
Surajkund is well-connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad by metalled road approachable by one’s own or hired conveyance.
Is there space available for car parking at Surajkund Mela 2019?
Proper Parking arrangements are made near 3 gates of Surajkund Mela.
Separate entry and exits have been provided so as to ensure smooth and unhindered flow of traffic.
Battery Operated Rickshaws and golf carts are available on request, for facilitating the movement of senior citizens and differently-abled persons.
Details of Parking Points at Surjakund Mela 2019
|Gate No.||Mela Gate||Entry from||Parking Numbers|
|I||Shekhawati||Delhi/Gurgaon||IA- (Chhatisgarh parking)
IB- (Near Silver Jubilee Gate)
|II||Jharkhand Gate/Kerla Gate||Faridabad/ Gurgaon||2A- HTC Land|
2B- HTC Land
2C- EROS Land Parking
|III||Dhanteshwari/TRC Gate||Delhi/ Gurgaon||3A- Near Silver Jubilee Gate|
3B- Helipad Parking
3D- Dinesh Aggarwal Park
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Who built Surajkund?
It is believed that Suraj Kund was built in the 10th century by the Tomar Dynasty King Suraj Pal. It is not clear whether King Suraj Pal himself got the lake built or it was merely named after him.
The Tomars were sun worshippers. There is a temple on the western bank of the reservoir dedicated to the Sun. Suraj means sun and kund means a reservoir in hindi and so Suraj kund literally means the ‘Lake of the Sun’.
Surajkund is an artificial Kund surrounded by Aravalli hills with an amphitheater-shaped embankment constructed in semicircular form. Surajkund was in use as a water source until the British Era.
It is now famous for the annual International handicrafts fair, popularly known as the Surajkund Mela.