Surajkund Crafts Mela, 2017

The 31st Surajkund Crafts Mela (Fair), the Biggest Crafts Fair in the World, is celebrating from 1st to 15th of February 2017.

One of biggest assembly and showcase of Artisans and Craftsmen all around India (and abroad), the 2015 edition of this fair was visited by 1.2 million visitors including 160,000 foreigners with more than 20 countries participating into it.

The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. For the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2017, the state of Jharkhand has been chosen to be the Theme State. At least 20 countries & all the states of India will be participating in the Mela.

Location & Direction

At a glance

The fair was first started in 1987. Traditional craftsmen (artists, painters, weavers and sculptors) from all parts of the country participate in this annual celebration. Designer items created by the best designers and craftsmen in wood, metal, bamboo, iron, glass, textiles and stone can be seen here.

A large number of renowned national and international folk artistes and cultural groups present day performances at both the Chaupals, the open-air theatres, located in the Mela premises. Also enthralling cultural evening programmes are held at the main Chaupal during each of the Mela evening. The Mela is indeed a custodian of the heritage crafts involving use of traditional skills that are fading away due to cheap machine made imitations, and a special section is marked for showcasing of these heritage crafts.

Born2C organizes full day guided trips to the fair. See the daily trip program to Surajkund Mela.

Mela Venue Guides

The whole Surajkund Crafts Mela premises are divided and planned in 6 zones.

Here are the venue maps and guides for each of the zones (click on the image to see full guide).

Partner Countries

Several countries and nations participate in the Surajkund Crafts Mela every year. And one of those nations are chosen to be the focus nation. This year in 2017   Egypt  is the focus nation of 31st edition of the fair.

  • 2009 – Egypt
  • 2012 – Thailand
  • 2013 – Several countries from Africa
  • 2014 – Sri Lanka
  • 2015 – Lebanon
  • 2016 – China, Japan (as part of Year 2016 was declared as Year of China in India as mutual agreement between the two countries)

Surajkund Crafts Mela Highlights

Being the biggest extravaganza of arts and crafts all over the world, the mela is of course all about showcasing and exhibiting Crafts items from various places. Participation of all the states are confirmed in this fair. In addition to 20 more countries are bringing their own arts, cultures, crafts, food and more.
Surajkund Mela 2016
Cultural programs are other main attraction of the fair. The celebration marks the performances of folk artists from around the world at open-air theaters.
With all these states and countries are coming along with their own authentic cuisines, imagine the number of choices you would have to satisfy your appetite!

Famous Fakes – Replicas of popular tourist attractions

Everyone loves the Sphinx, the Eiffel tower, the Stonehenge – but how about one in China, one in USA or one in Japan? The famous UNESCO World Heritage sites have replicas around the world. Here is a little list of these famous fakes.

Tower Bridge, Suzhou, China

Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge was built by Suzhou Municipal Engineering Design Institute and sports four tower rather than two.

It houses a couple of English-style coffee shop on its top floors.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sanghai, China

Leaning Tower
The 1:4 scale replica of the famous Italian monument is situated in the financial hub of China. The original tower’s construction started on Aug. 14, 1173 and was completed in three stages over the course of 199 years.

Sphinx, Shijiazhuang, China

The 60-meter long and 20-meter tall statue was built as part of an outdoor filming location. It is about the same size as the original and is made of concrete and framework reinforced with steel.

The original, known across the world as Great Sphinx of Giza, is located on the Giza Plateau adjacent to the Great Pyramids of Giza on the west bank of Nile River. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture and it is believed that it was built during the reign of Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558-2532 BC).

Chauvet Cave, Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, France

Chauvet Cave
It took approximately $60 million and several years to create a near-exact replica of the famous Grotte Chauvet. The replica includes more than 400 paintings of horses, bears, rhinoceros, mammoths, hand prints and carvings.

The original can be seen in southern France and contains the earliest known and best preserved figurative cave paintings in the world.

Eiffel Tower, Tianducheng, China

Eiffel Tower
The 108-meter tall replica of the Eiffel Tower is the main attraction of the Tianducheng town.

The original was built in 1889 as an entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France.

Stonehenge, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA

A full-size replica of Stonehenge made entirely of styrofoam. The replica was created by Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studio in 2004.

The original is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the U.K.

Stonehenge, Hefei, China

Stonehenge China
Stonehenge is one of the favorite among the replicators. However, no replica comes as close as the one built in the Chinese city of Hefei. Built as a part of the new housing development, it is a remarkable replica of the original.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Nikko, Japan

A miniature model of Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica at the Tobu World Square in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture on Aug. 16, 2010. The amusement park exhibits 102 structures of 1:25-scale world-famous architectural works and ancient monuments including 45 inscribed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The original was built during the 10th and 11th century and is located within Rome, Italy.

Parthenon, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

A full-scale replica of the Athenian monument, the Tennessee model was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

The original was built in 447 BC at the peak of Athenian Empire’s power. It is one of the most important surviving buildings of Classical Greece.

Colosseum, Macau, China

A replica of Roman Colosseum is at the Fisherman’s Wharf, a local invested entertainment park with a casino at the Outer Harbour area in Macau. Companies around the world are pumping billions of dollars into this former Portuguese enclave to build new casinos, hotels and shopping malls to tap a growing flood of Chinese tourists.

The original was built in 80 AD under the rule of Emperor Titus. It is believed that the structure had a capacity of 50,000 to 80,000 spectators.

Pyramid of Egypt, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Pyramid of Egypt
The pyramid-style hotel houses 4,407 rooms and is named after the city of Luxor in Egypt. It is similar in size to the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid in Egypt. It was constructed at the cost of $375 million in 1993 and, at that time, was the tallest building in the Strip.

The original was built by the Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu and is the third largest Egyptian pyramid.

Statue of Liberty, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty
This Statue of Liberty in Tokyo is actually a replica of a replica! In 1998, a replica of the famous statue was erected to celebrate Japan’s ties with France. It was taken down after a year but proved so popular, another replica was produced to take its place.

The original Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Oct. 26, 1886 and was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

Christ the Redeemer, Lisbon, Portugal

Christ the Redeemer
Inspired by Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and overlooking the city of Lisbon is the statue of Christ the King. The project was completed in 1959 and was a way of expressing gratitude after Portugal was spared from the devastation of World War II.

The original was completed in 1931 and is listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is considered as a symbol of Christianity across the world.

Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace

Imagine a weekend filled with the strains of folk music, majestic performances by music and dance luminaries, an open-air wildlife film festival on a giant screen, tiger safaris, fantastic interactive talks on conservation success stories by wildlife conservationists, music workshops, yoga & meditation camps, all in the stunning Nahargarh Palace in Ranthambore Forest. This is what waiting for you at the Ranthambore Festival.

27 to 29 January 2017. It’s a long weekend, and you know what to do!

You will be able to see an enthralling selection of folk, classical, and world musical and dance performances in addition to interactive Music workshops, Art and Craft workshops, Music and Nature panel discussions, Interactive talks, an Open-air wildlife film festival, Street theatre, Yoga & Meditation workshops, a Food festival, Drum circles, Interactive cookouts, and a popup Souq featuring amazing non-profit startups.

Ranthambore Festival

Nestled in the forests of Ranthamore lies the Nahargarh Palace, the magnificent venue of the Ranthambore Festival. Its beautiful halls, courtyards, terraces, and avenues will be completely transformed on the republic day weekend of 2017 as it plays host to a festival like no other.

Nahargarh Palace

How to Reach

  • By Air
    Jaipur is around 166 km from Ranthambore. It is the nearest airport.
  • By Train
    Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station which is situated 7.4 kms from the venue.

Entry Fee

Entry is free for panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, and performances by local musicians. Other special music and dance shows will be individually ticketed.

Visit the festival portal for more details.

What to Expect

  • Panel discussions with leading wildlife conservationists in India
  • Folk music performances
  • Wildlife film screenings
  • Food festival
  • Art and Craft souk
  • Yoga and meditation workshops
  • Hot air ballooning