Faridabad is the largest city in Haryana State of India. It is one of the main developed city of NCR region and it is most famous for World largest crafts fair Surajkund Mela. 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela is scheduled to be held on the Surajkund Mela ground in Faridabad city. Surajkund Mela is the biggest craft fair of the world and is attended by millions of people worldwide. Last fair was attended by nearly 1.2 million visitors. This year’s craft event is expected to be a greater hit than the previous ones and we are hoping that it will break the record in terms of visitor counts.
About Surajkund Crafts Mela 2018
This fair is organized by Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. Theme state for 32nd Surajkund Mela is Uttar Pradesh and Kyrgyzstan is the partner country. The main focus of the fair will remains on UP and Kyrgyzstan. This fair is dedicated to the art and crafts of rural India along with other parts of the country. Craftsman and artists from all over the country gather here to display their skills and traditions. Craft lover of India visited to see and shop their beautiful crafts. Along with shopping, visitors can also taste the regional food of multiple states. It is a shopping festival cum food fest.
2018 Surajkund Mela is also organized in the same Mela ground like previous ones. In the initial years of the fair, it was limited to domestic participants. The first fair was organized in 1987 and in 27th year it was promoted to international level in 2013. 2015 was a very successful year for Surajkund Mela, record 20 countries participated in this event. 2015 was a hit year in terms of foreign participation. In 2018, 22 countries are expected to come and participate in this mega craft fair. The event will be organized in a vast area of 40 acres and 1010 huts are ready to host the program. Many food courts, basic amenities and other security arrangements are here to make this event memorable.
Surajkund Mela 2018 Dates
Surajkund Mela organizing dates are 2 February 2018 to 18 February 2018. 3 Saturdays and 3 Sundays are included in this time period. Three weekends are included in the time frame and it provides a good opportunity to working professional who wants to visit this fair. I am sharing some highlights which helps in visiting this fair.
Surajkund Mela 2018 Timings
Timings of the fair are 10.30 AM to 8.30 PM. Fair entry opening time is 10.30 in the morning and last entry timings are 7.30 PM. At least 3 to 4 hours are required to visit the fair. Visitors are advised to make their plan accordingly.
Surajkund Mela 2018 Tickets Price
Entry tickets for Surajkund Mela 2018 are 180 Rs for Adults on Saturday and Sunday. Weekday ticket price is 120 Rs for Adults. Entry ticket is required for the kids above 3 years of age. Surajkund Mela online tickets are available on bookmyshow website and mobile app. Discounted tickets are also available for the senior citizen, serving soldiers, differently abled citizen and students. A concession of 50% is given on these category tickets on all days except student tickets. Student tickets are available only on weekdays after providing suitable ID proof. Concession tickets can be purchased from Surajkund Mela ticket counters only.
How to Reach Surajkund Mela Ground Faridabad
Venue is located in Faridabad and it well connected through all modes of transport. Nearest Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport and it is located 30 KM from here. This city is very near to New Delhi, the national capital of India. Faridabad is sharing the border with New Delhi. Various modes of transport are available to reach the venue. City buses are available from Kashmere Gate Delhi, Gurgaon ISBT, and Faridabad city. Metro is another convenient and comfortable mode of transport to reach here. Badarpur metro station is the nearest one to reach here and it is around 6 KM from here. Rest of the journey can be covered by auto rickshaw and cabs. Parking is also available for those who want to prefer travel in own vehicle. Reaching here through private vehicle is not recommended due to the traffic jam at the time of the event.
Surajkund Mela Location Map
Below is the google map of the Mela location.
Surajkund Mela Guide Map
Surajkund mela map is provided by the Mela authorities to plan the visit in well advance. All the important information and places are depicted on the map. Vehicle parking space, food court, important pavilions, chaupals, surajkund mela ticket counters, toilets, announcement booth, bank, dispensary, police booth, foreign nation area, gates location, media centre, historical sunpool and all zones of mela are marked clearly on the map. Please follow this guide map for visit mela in an easy manner.
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Cultural Programmes in Surajkund Mela
Many cultural programs are also here on every day by the dancers of states and UTs all over the country. Many foreign troops performance are scheduled in the 2018 Surajkund Mela. Many singers and band troop performance are also scheduled here. The whole schedule of cultural programs is shared below along with the day and date. Follow this timetable to make your plan as per your interest.
Amusement Park in Surjkund Mela
Some space on the Mela ground is reserved for amusement park which offers various rides and swings. This place is like any other amusement park and it has limited rides. This park is liked by the visitors of all age groups. A separate amusement entry ticket is required to for the adventure park. This place is mostly loved by the kids.
Facilities and Information of Venue
Various facilities and new features are implemented in 2018 Surajkund fair. Digital payments are promoted and online ticket booking are one of the steps of digital payments. Some stalls in the craft fair are equipped with point of sale (POS) machine to use credit and debit cards. Payment through mobile wallets are also accepted on many stalls through paytm etc. The whole campus is in the range of CCTV cameras for security purpose. From this year tags are provided to the children below 14 years of age. On this tag parent can fill all the important contact details and it can be used if a child gets lost in the fair. It is a good initiative by Mela authorities.
Apart from this various competitions are also held in various school and college students. Visitors can also enjoy the live performance of renowned singers, poets, musicians and folk artists. The souvenir shop is also located here for the sale of gift items.
Every art and craft lover should visit this fair. It is a good place to visit and it should be considered as a good weekend place. The place is spreads in large area and weather is also pleasant in the month of February. Please avoid taking plastic bags, as these bags are not allowed inside the campus. Lockers are also not available to deposit objectionable items as per the security. Visitors are advised to carry only necessary items.