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Monday, February 15, 2010

Suraj Kund Mela (Fair)

Suraj Kund is a place on the outskirts of Delhi. It is a picnic spot, which comes to life during the first 15 days of February every year. The Suraj Kund handicrafts mela is held in the vast complex every year in a bid to promote the national handicrafts industry.

I visited the mela (fair) yesterday with my mom. We thought that the spring day would be spent best at the fair shopping.There were several artifacts available for sale, from terracotta to jute, to wool... you ask and it was there.

This replica of the India Gate caught my eye but I did not buy it considering the real thing is just a stone's throw from my home.
Music from different states of India was also playing in different corners of the mela. Below is a group of four from the West Indian state of Rajasthan playing for the crowds and the cameras.

The ship of the desert were also in attendance. People were paying a lot of money to see the mela riding on the camels.
We were not the only people to think that visiting the fair on a Sunday was a good idea. And more minds thought like us.

And there were many many many more.

Even as we were leaving the crowds kept pouring in.

I have never seen so many people at one place. Up until now, the statement that India has the second largest population in the world, was just a statement. Now I have photographic proof! Phew it was tiring but overall enjoyable day.


totobogy said...

Wow :)
I remember visiting Suraj Kund Mela as a small kid. It was years and years ago and yet the pictures look similar to what I have etched in my memory :)
And I remember having 'chuski' just outside the entrance...

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like an interesting festival and maybe some good shopping opportunities!

magiceye said...

lovely evocative images all! thank you for the lovely virtual tour of the mela!!

Deepak Acharya said...

So you went there and captured them beautifully. last time, I attended it but this time NO.

kavita said...

Lovely description very well supported by pictures...i have never had the chance to visit Surajkund Mela ,thanks for reminding me how much i have

nituscorner said...

well i sure envy you coz this is just the place i would say is my fav. haunt among many others.

Rob and Mandy said...

How nice! We lived just next door, in Charmwood Village. A glimpse of our old home.

Jaya said...

Lovely snaps,I just wish I can fly off there now and take a dekho at the mela with all that vibrant colours and people..
hugs and smiles

Anonymous said...

For a Nikon D5000, the images are of really poor quality.


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