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A cultural potpourri at the Surajkund mela

PTI   February 08, 2014
First Published: 20:18 IST(8/2/2014) | Last Updated: 20:20 IST(8/2/2014)

The annual crafts fair at Surajkund is back, and it’s attracting a large number of tourists. In fact, the first six days of the ­28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Haryana’s Faridabad ­district saw the footfall crossing 1.75 lakh, ­including nearly 24,000 international visitors.

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The mela, which has Goa as its theme state this year and Sri Lanka as ‘partner country’, was inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, on February 1. It will conclude on February 15.

This year, craftspersons, weavers, cultural troupes and artistes from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Portugal, Iran, Uganda, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Thailand and SAARC nations Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan are ­participating.

According to Sumita Misra, member of the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism, the fair is attracting people from different walks of life and across age groups. 

And she adds that the Surajkund Mela Authority has made ­adequate ­transport arrangements for the convenience of the ­visitors, with Haryana Roadways ­running special buses as well.

Misra further adds that these buses are operational between 8 am and 5.30 pm from the Inter State Bus Terminus in Delhi to Surajkund.

For the convenience of senior citizens and ­physically disabled ­persons, golf carts and battery-operated rickshaws are available on request.


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