Colourful cultural event just south of Delhi, with something for everyone.
Every year at the beginning of February the Surajkund Crafts Fair, or Mela, is organized just outside Delhi. This is a two-week festival of open air theatre, music performances, traditional dancing, food stalls and a never-ending string of handicraft sellers. They come from all over India, with traditional paintings, metal works, pottery, macramé – you think of it, they have it, generally of good quality and quite affordable. Don’t expect anything old, antique, all the products are modern-day creations, but everybody should be able to find something of his or her liking.
We only had a couple of hours to stroll around the Mela, when we stopped off on our way south to Agra and the Keoladeo Bird Sactuary. Halfway the morning the fair was already busy, with musicians and dance troupes competing for the attention of the visitors. Go later, in the afternoon and evening, and there will be even more people, creating a real special atmosphere.