Friday, 1 February 2013             Friday, 15 February 2013
Faridabad, Haryana                         How to reach the MELA

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The Surajkund mela is an apt showcase for the extensive variety of Indian Arts and Crafts.

A traffic free and lovely road leads you to the mela ( parking options are across the road) . We did see some cars parked inside the compound but I suspect they had passes!

Wear your sturdier walking shoes! Especially after the rains anticipate undulating terrain.

003This years theme state is Karnataka and this is evident in the colourful decorations at the entrance.

All possible handicrafts from Karnataka are available here. Ranging from sandalwood agarbattis to pure silk saris.A must see for kids are the lovely handcrafted wooden toys.

Phulkari kurta pieces are on sale in plenty.. I would recommend some bargaining and purchasing from the more interior stalls.

Kashmiri shawls, Luckowi kurtas, handmade glass jewelry are all on display and sale.

Do try and catch the colourful dances and processions.

Not to be missed are the SAARC countries stalls. Here one can buy Pakistani kurtas, Afghani shawls and earrings, Bhutanese handicrafts and Sinhalese ( Sri Lankan) Batik and showpieces. The Thailand stall has lots of attractive hair ornaments and hand bags.

There are many food stalls to eat from! Rajasthani, Delhi food etc etc… The Jammu and Kashmir stall is hidden away behind the saffron seller but its worth a visit.Varieties of Kulfi's are available too.

I would most certainly recommend one visit to the mela !!

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