The Pragati Maidan, on the Mathura Road in New Delhi, is a huge complex-cum-exhibition centre with a total exhibit area of 150 acres. Equipped with well-paved roads, lawns, gardens and eating outlets; Pragati Maidan, which literally means 'progress grounds', houses 16 vast and spacious halls in all and is the biggest exhibition centre that Delhi boasts of. The place hosts about 70 national and international exhibitions and conventions each year.
The Pragati Maidan, which was built to celebrate 25 years of India's independence, technological progress and indigenous talent, is a living embodiment of the ‘Make In India’ concept and is undoubtedly an iconic structure. One of the most sought-after of these events is the Indian International Trade Fair (IITF), which also happens to be the largest event here, with an estimated footfall of 10,000 exhibitors and 30,00,000 visitors each year. Other prominent events that are held here include the World Book Fair, Delhi Book and Stationery Fair, Auto Expo, and the Delhi Jewellery and Gem Fair.
Other than the well developed and fully equipped complex, the Pragati Maidan also boasts of many attractions, such as The Son of India Pavilion, Defence Pavilion and a movie theatre named Shakuntalam. This and much more make the Pragati Maidan a famous tourist attraction. So the next time you visit Delhi, do not forget to check out the fantastic and informative exhibitions going on here.
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