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SURAJKUND IN HARYANA

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''An ideal place to witness village life; the annual fair exhibits a range of handloom & handicrafts.''

Ideal destination for those wanting to sample a rural setting and looking for a quick getaway to unwind and relax. The place has gained popularity over the years as thousands flock only to experience its annual fest in February and witness authentic and traditional mix of arts, crafts and cultural affairs.

But fest or no fest, you can definitely go to Surajkund if you want to escape from Delhi. The added advantage: you don't have to drive too much.

LOCATION : About 8 kms from South Delhi, Surajkund is located in Faridabad district of Haryana state.

ABOUT THE PLACE : Surajkund meaning lake of the sun is an artificial water reservoir or a kund built in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills with an amphitheatre shaped embankment constructed in semicircular form. It was built by king Surajpal in the 11th century. The lake is sheltered with trees that give a mesmerising look to the place. What's more the reminiscence of old temples can be seen there even today. A natural spring called the Siddha–Kund is seen to the south of Surajkund, which is frequented by pilgrims.

SURAJKUND FAIR : The fair literally brings back childhood memories and fantasies. It has something for everyone of all age groups. Surajkund Craft fair is organized by the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Culture-Government of India in collaboration with Haryana Tourism, in the month of February, every year. So, if you want to attend it, make sure you block your calendar.

First celebrated in 1981, the fair continues to be a strong platform for skilled artists and craftsmen from abroad to display their skilled crafts and art work derived from their rich culture and tradition. Also various artists from all over the country display rich traditional products of India in a typical rural setting that bring alive the age-old living crafts tradition.

In the past, countries such as Thailand, Peru, Guinea, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Congo, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Egypt have participated and showcased their cultural talents.

Now, if you are wondering about food there, well let me tell you that such a fair is indeed incomplete without food and beverage stalls. So there is an equally amazing food section which serves a huge variety of traditional Indian cuisines with fast food available too. There are fun rides setup for children and traditional entertainment shows, such as fold dancing, street drama for all.

WHAT TO SHOP : Some things to look for include mirror encased embroidery, delicate lace work, folk motifs on terracotta forms, metal and cane-ware, bangles, toys and trinkets, exquisite paintings, textiles, wood stock, ivory work, pottery, terracotta, stonework, lacquer work, cane and grass work, traditional shawls, hand made fabrics, wood carved show pieces etc.

Also, Punjab brings the Phulkari embroidery, inlay work wood craft and cane craft, intricate rosewood carving, sandalwood from South India. 'Chikri' woodcraft of Kashmir and some very fine cane craft and Knatha work famous from West Bengal and North Eastern states are eminent in the fair. Delicate 'Sholapith' and 'Shital Patti' work come from Assam and West Bengal. 'Banjara' and 'Bunni' embroidery of Gujarat and Rajasthan, 'Suzni' of Kashmir and mirror encasing work along with the famous 'Chikankari' work of Lucknow are also exhibited.

FAIR TIMINGS : Annually in the month of February (1-15)
Time: 10am-9pm (Indian Standard Time)


Source / Review By : Shradha Chakravarty

Shradha is a PR professional and an avid traveller

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