Timings : 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Time Required : 5-6 hrs
Surajkund, meaning 'Lake of the Sun', is an ancient reservoir that was built King Suraj Pal of the Tomar dynasty in the 10th century. This little destination hidden in Haryana saw no tourism until it began hosting the 'Surajkund Mela'. A unique International craft festival, the Surajkund International Crafts Fair is a platform for artists across the globe to showcase their culture and talent. Hosted annually by the Haryana Tourism Department in Surajkund, the mela has many offbeat attractions for tourists of every age. The festivities last a fortnight engaging visitors in traditional folk dances, musical shows, and even puppet skits. Over 20 countries from South Asia, Africa, and Europe actively participate to make this fair a huge success.
Set idyllically amidst Lakkarpur and Baharpur village lays the picturesque Surajkund village. A dash of colour, tempo of the music and flawless craftsmanship aptly capture the essence of this beguiling fair. Celebrated no less than any festival, the core motive behind it is to promote the talent and culture of local artisans in our country. In a world where machines are replacing humans faster than before, this little initiative by the Haryana government nurtures rural craftsmanship and boosts the export of local handlooms.
The bucolic aura of the mela creates a captivating spell for the travellers who visit India from different parts of the globe. Each year the Surajkund Mela works around a specific theme based on a state of India, which also inspires the fairs architectural layout, spirit, and décor. The beauty of this concept is to very intricately accentuate the rich cultural heritage of India and boost the morale of local craftsmen to continue their waning flair of handmade merchandise.
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