The ‘India International Trade Fair’ is an annual event held at Delhi's Pragati Maidan, between 14–27 November. The event, organised by the India Trade Promotion Organization is one of the largest trade fairs in the world, both terms of exhibitor and visitor participation. Since its inception in 1980, it has evolved as a significant international event that sees involvement by the business communities from numerous countries, and an equally enthusiastic turn around of consumers and visitors.
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India International Trade Fair 2020 Dates
The ‘India International Trade Fair’ (IITF) will be held from November 14, 2020, to November 27, 2020.
Where is India International Trade Fair held?
The event is held on the same days every year at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Covering an area of nearly 150 acres, Pragati Maidan is one of the largest exhibition venues in Delhi. It has a massive complex of buildings, 625,000 square meters of exhibition space, and well-designed pavilions. It overlooks the iconic Purana Qila, a historic fort of Delhi.
IITF - Tickets
Tickets for the India International Trade Fair are available at Metro Stations across Delhi. Ticket prices range from Rs 120 to Rs 150 for adults and Rs 40 to Rs 60 for children.
India International Trade Fair - Activities/Experiences/Itineraries
IITF is one of the mega events in Delhi, so a full day will never be 'too much time' to stroll through all the stalls and galleries.
At IITF, visitors would get to know about a host of things - from startups to the latest innovations. From automobiles to advanced gadgets, crockeries to exotic decoratives, middle eastern dry foods to 'desi pickles,' precious jewellery to leatherwares, regional attires to organic goods - this fair is a marketplace for all these and more. It is easy to get lost in the sea of commodities. Hence it is suggested that you decide on your interests before you go.
The event also caters with several food joints offering local delicacies. Pragati Maidan has a food court offering different Indian cuisines, as well as a confectioneries, Chinese dishes, Italian fare, and fast food. The complex also houses some well-known restaurants.
The place is usually very crowded, and not a very ideal to take children. If you do take them, make sure you keep a constant eye. The place has a few wheelchair friendly areas, but all stalls are not accessible through ramps.
Public toilets are available. However, it must be warned that since the place is very crowded, the restrooms might not remain in the best conditions during the event.
There are information booths dotted across the complex that comes handy if you are interested in visiting specific stalls. Checking with the Pragati Maidan map online is also a good idea and saves time.
Significance of the India International Trade Fair
India International Trade Fair’ (IITF) is one of the major tourist interest of Delhi, attracting over millions of general visitors and 10000 exhibitors every year.
This annual event has till date, catering to around 40,000 domestic business visitors and 63 foreign trade delegations. This includes participants from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Ghana, Iran, Lesotho, Mexico, Nepal, and Nigeria.
The fair aims at providing a platform for all kind of businesses, and showcase a broad spectrum of services and products. From automobiles and telecommunication to engineering goods, electronics and pharmaceuticals, it caters to a range of products. One could get coir products, jute, textiles, garments, household appliances, kitchen appliances, processed food, beverages and other everyday items. It is also a good place for furniture and furnishings, Indian and middle eastern decoratives, international goods, cosmetics, high-end body and health care products, sports equipment and toys.
This fair aims to enable open avenues of major business expansion. It is also an excellent platform for government organisations, NGOs, social, and cultural organisations spread awareness about their programmes and policies.
Places to Visit Near the Event
Purana Qila, one of the oldest fort in Delhi is located right across the Pragati Maidan. The fort is known for a light and sound show named “Ishq-e-Dilli” that takes place from 7:30 PM — 8:30 PM (Hindi) and 9:00 PM -10:00 PM (English show) every day (excluding Fridays.)
The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum is located at the corner of Pragati Maidan.
The National Science Centre stands close to Gate 1 of Pragati Maidan.
The ‘India International Trade Fair’ is one of the most important trade events in India. So whether you are an impulsive buyer or a motivated business person, make sure you make a visit and get a glimpse of international trade trends across genres.
How To Reach India International Trade Fair (IITF)
The most convenient way to reach Pragati Maidan through public transit is by boarding the Delhi Metro. One can get down at the Pragati Maidan metro station located at gate number 10.
Local buses are available throughout the day. The DTC Pragati Maidan Terminal and Pragati Power stations are the nearest bus stops.
The closest railhead is Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, located at 3 km from Pragati Maidan.
Private taxis and popular cab services like OLA and Uber, as well as local auto rickshaws, are easily available.
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