Organized by Haryana government, this shopping fest is an annual event that takes place in Faridabad district in February. Close to the national capital Delhi, Surajkund mela is a one stop destination for handicrafts from all states of India and some exhibits by vendors from other countries. One Indian state is chosen as the guest state and one country is designated the guest country. The theme is organized primarily focused on the guest state. I look forward to this mela every year and always have my shopping list ready in time.

A model of traditional wooden house from Himachal
A model of traditional wooden house from Himachal

Surajkund Mela 2020

Date: 1st February 2020-17th February 2020
Timings: 9:30AM- 7:00PM
Ticket prices: Weekdays: Rs 120(General) Rs 60(discount)
Weekend: Rs 180 (General) Rs 90(discount)
Discount: Students, senior citizens, soldiers and differently abled with a valid ID card
Parking: Rs. 100
Host state: Haryana
Guest state: Himachal Pradesh
Guest country: Uzbekistan

cocoons of silk worm, turned into silk thread which is then woven into the beautiful silk fabric displayed at the back.
cocoons of silk worm, turned into silk thread which is then woven into the beautiful silk fabric displayed at the back.

Shopping at Surajkund

  • The vendors are mostly direct sellers like artisans, representatives of rural cooperatives, tribals and therefore the profit goes directly to them. I believe in supporting local and small businesses.
  • You can purchase saris, natural fabrics, handicrafts, paintings, pottery, lamps, bags, footwear, handmade soaps, traditional oils, tapestries and plenty of other things at this fair.
  • Most of these artworks are made of natural material and you can also find vegan options. I bought beautiful jute bags from a stall from Assam.
  • The prices are quite low when compared to showroom prices and there is scope for bargaining.
Cotton silk sarees displayed at a stall from West Bengal
Cotton silk sarees displayed at a stall from West Bengal
I think those lamps from Turkey must sell out like hot cakes
I think those lamps from Turkey must sell out like hot cakes
All that jewelry is made from rice grains, West Bengal
All that jewelry is made from rice grains, West Bengal
Pottery from Khurja, Uttar Pradesh
Pottery from Khurja, Uttar Pradesh
Pottery from Uzbekistan
Pottery from Uzbekistan
It looks like a painting but it was made out of wool, from Armenia
It looks like a painting but it was made out of wool, from Armenia
A beautiful saleswoman from Uganda trying to sell those reusable table mats to curious locals
A beautiful saleswoman from Uganda trying to sell those reusable table mats to curious locals
A stall from Rajasthan selling puppets, don't miss a puppet show if you are in Rajasthan
A stall from Rajasthan selling puppets, don’t miss a puppet show if you are in Rajasthan
Wood inlay painting from Karnataka, colored wood pieces of are used to give different classes
Wood inlay painting from Karnataka, colored wood pieces of are used to give different colors

Folk music and dance

Singers, musicians and dance troupes from participating states and countries and schools exhibit beautiful performances at the two stages at the avenue. These stages are called Chopal. If you do not want to shop, or want to take a break, you can always enjoy these performances.

A group of school girls looking for accessories after their stage performance
A group of school girls looking for accessories after their stage performance

Refereshments

Apart from a food court that has counters for different cuisines from different states, there are small stalls all around the avenue. They offer bottled water, soft drinks, tea and coffee. I always carry my water bottle with me and fill it up from the water station and I recommend you to do the same. You can also carry your own food.

If you are visiting Delhi, I highly recommend you visit this fair for an immersive cultural experience.

4 thoughts on “Surajkund Mela: A one stop shopping destination for Indian crafts”

  1. Wow what amazing crafts – I could buy something from each one of your pictures. We’re in Morocco now and so have some appreciation of the artisanal talents of these guys. So much better than the commercial stuff that comes off the conveyor belt in other countries. Love it.

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