After a two-year hiatus, Haryana’s unique Surajkund Crafts Mela (fair), showcasing India’s rich and diverse handicrafts, looms and cultural heritage since 1987, has started Saturday.

An official spokesperson said that visitors can book Mela entrance and parking tickets through Paytm Insider and Haryana Tourism website, to help visitors easily enter Mela premises without the hassle of long Waiting lines.

Also, a virtual tour and information about artisans is made available through an app on the website www.surajkundmelaauthority.com.

A 50% discount on entrance tickets is given to Divyangjan, elderly serving defense personnel and ex-military personnel. Special buses will depart from different points to transport passengers from surrounding areas to the fair site, the spokesperson said.

An annual event since 1987, the Surajkund Crafts Mela has not been organized for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “With the 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2022 comes the promise of a bigger event with renewed energy,” the spokesperson said.

Organized jointly by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs and the Government of Haryana, this handicraft festival occupies a prominent place in the calendar of the international tourism.

As Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is the “Theme State” of the 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2022, hence replicas of Vaishno Devi Temple, Amarnath Temple, Apna Ghar depicting Kashmir architecture, demonstration live from House Boat and memorial gate ‘Mubarak Mandi– Jammu’ would remain the main attractions.

Additionally, hundreds of J&K artists will perform different folk arts and dances. From traditional dances, art forms to exquisite craftsmanship, a bouquet of J&K heritage and culture would remain the highlight of this Mela showcasing a unique culture and rich heritage through various art forms and state craftsmanship.

Through this Mela, thousands of artisans crossing India not only get a golden platform to showcase their art and products to a wider audience, but this Mela also plays a pivotal role in reviving the heritage handicrafts of india.

Surajkund Crafts Mela was upgraded to an international level in 2013. In 2020, more than 30 countries from Europe, Africa and Asia participated in the Mela, while this year more than 30 countries will be part of the Mela, which includes the partner nation – Uzbekistan.

In addition to this, there will be participation from Latin American countries, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia, Sudan, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Angola, Ghana, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran, Maldives and many more.