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.
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
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.
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.
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.