If you love to click selfies and not finding the right background, the 31st Surajkund international crafts mela (fair) at Faridabad is the perfect spot for you.
Noticing increased trend of clicking selfies among the visitors, the mela authorities have earmarked more than ten spots for clicking selfies so that selfie lovers do not block way of other visitors.
Observation of the mela authorities proved true as a large number of mela visitors, especially youth, are seen posing with artists, foreigners, near craft shops, and with anything interesting for clicking selfies. The spots earmarked by the authorities are, however, serving no purpose as selfie lovers are finding their own spots.
“Such colourful ambience is not visible in any event in Delhi. I am here to click pictures and yes selfies too” said Sunaina Chadha, a Delhi resident, while clicking selfies with a group of foreigners.
Footfall has been slow in this year’s mela but it crossed the figure of 1.70 lakh on Saturday. The mela authorities expect the number to cross 2 lakh on Sunday as the mela is ending on Wednesday.
“Eleven selfie spots have been earmarked this year so that visitors are not inconvenienced by selfie lovers standing in the middle of lanes. We have recorded 8 lakh footfall since February 1 when the mela started. We expect heavy rush on Sunday” said Rajesh Joon, spokesperson of Surajkund Mela Authority. The mela usually crosses the million mark every year, said Joon.
There will be parking hassles on Sunday but the police authorities claim to have made elaborate parking arrangements to handle the pressure.
For the first timers, Johar Jharkhand has been chosen as the theme state for the mela this year. So, do not get shocked if you encounter a man or a woman walking in tribal appearance.
A large variety of handicrafts, textile, olive wood products, leather bags, carpets from Afghanistan, tribal artefacts etc. are a big attraction. There are 969 huts spread in six zones and one finds it tough to visit even half of the stalls installed in this huts.
The mela, hosted for the first time in 1987, is jointly organised by Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs and Government of Haryana.
Not to be missed – foreign stalls:
A zone is exclusively marked for foreign traders and 10 more stalls have been added this year. Egypt is the partnering nation this year. The foreign traders are, however, facing heat of demonetisation as they do not have card swipe machines or digital modes of payment. The visitors are getting attracted to olive wood products from Tunisia, carpets from Afghanistan, shawls from Nepal, leather products from Syria, or a variety of artefacts from Sri Lanka. Carrying cash is advised as it may be tough to resist urge to buy some of these products. “Many customers left our stall with heavy heart as they did not have cash and we do not have card swipe machines”, said Mohammad Ismail of Turkistan Temorzada carpets limited of Afghanistan. Clothes, leather bags, products made of colourful stones from Russia have added colours and variety to the foreign zone.
How long does it last?
Mela being held from February 1 to 15, from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm.
How to reach Surajkund?
·Surajkund is 40 kms from Indira Gandhi international airport. The venue is 30 kms drive from South Delhi
Special to and fro bus services are available to Surajkund from ISBT Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, Gurgaon and Faridabad.
The nearest metro station is Badarpur on violet line.
Entry tickets are available at major bus stands, railway stations, and online on www.bookmyshow.com.