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Surajkund - The Destination

  
Located 8 km. from South Delhi, Surajkund is the place to be in February. Named after the Sun God, this place has a huge kund (water tank) which was constructed by the Rajput king Surajpal in the 11th century.

Surajkund - Craft Mela

Flanked by trees which shelter the exotic Peacock Lake, landscaping has greatly enhanced the charm of Surajkund. There are grassy slopes rolling away from the roadside and undulations where you least expect them. Kuchha paths, pebbled paths and dense shrubbery with bougainvilleas tumbling over trees, bridges that arch across rivulets that suddenly end in pools, and in season, flowers rising to a peak in beds scattered all over the place—some of this came into being when Surajkund was first turned into a tourist complex. Much more was added  when  Surajkund  became  the  chosen  location  of  the annual

Crafts Mela, a mega event that churns up wave after wave of visitors from the four corners of the country.

The open surroundings and the gardens come alive with the multi-hues of the Surajkund Crafts Mela. The Mela ground itself gives a distinct insight into the rural environment. It looks like a complete village with a chaupal, a well and a huge replica of a charpai adding to the ambience. Mud huts, thatched platforms, wooden lampposts, grinding stones, string cots, little streams and the uneven terrain complete the rural environment. Huge welcome gates dot the various entrances. The Danteshwari Devi Gate with its grey idols signifies tribal lands of Bihar. The Vishnupur Temple Gate is reminiscent of the Vishnupur

Artist Performing at the fair - Surajkund
Temple traditions of West Bengal and closer to the Mela chaupal lies the Shekhawati Haveli (Gate of Rajasthan).

Within the fairground, hosts of craftspeople set up their shops. There are Kalamkari paintings from Andhra Pradesh, miniature paintings from Rajasthan, black pottery and stone carvings from Gujarat, exquisite muga silk work from Assam… and the list goes on! Everything which the rural Indian handicraft industry manufactures, is displayed in the Surajkund Mela. Add to this the thrill of actually watching how these elaborate pieces of art are created, and your day's made!

Meanwhile, songs and dances take place throughout the day at the Natyashala - a cultural platform that exhibits both classical and folk music and dances of India. Little open-air stages around the ground also exhibit performances from banjaras (gypsies), rural magicians, jugglers and trapeze artists.

If this riot of colors and music makes you hungry, you'll be hard pressed to choose something from the amazing array of conventional cuisine that's laid out. The mela (fair) is a gourmet's delight. Gorge away to glory, for there are enough chemists around to take care of after-effects!

Finally, Surajkund is a sanctuary for nature lovers. Located in the Aravalli ranges, the lush greenery makes Surajkund an attractive destination for a day out by yourself to write some poetry and take some pictures. In fact, devoid of the turmoil of a fair, Surajkund comes across as an unassuming little area, dotted with peacocks and squirrels - a place to unwind, a place of peace.

Surajkund - Facts at a Glance

State : Haryana
Temperature : 22?C - 49?C (Summers)
6?C - 21?C (Winters)
Language : Hindi, English
Best Season :
The best time to visit Surajkund is in February during the Crafts Mela. Otherwise, it is an uneventful place. You can also visit it in April when the famous Bougainvillea Show is held and bask in the colours and varieties of this otherwise ordinary flower.


History of Surajkund


Surajkund has a rich past behind it. In fact, it is Delhi's earliest existing record of past glories. Situated against the backdrop of the Aravallis, it has a kund or pool with an amphitheatre around it. The pool originally had a sun temple by its side. The temple is now in ruins but the kund still stands. All of these are said to have been built in the 11th century A.D. by the Tomar chieftain Suraj Pal.

Legends surround the pool. One such legend would have us believe that it was built for the daughter of Suraj Pal. Another legend says that it had miraculous healing powers but these claims have never been authenticated.

For a long time Surajkund was just another picnic option around Delhi. You drove down with a packed lunch or else carried a number of pots and pans and cooked on site, had your meal and wandered around the place, frozen in time and serene beyond measure but sans amenities. Things have changed considerably since. Now Surajkund is as comfortable a weekend getaway as you could wish for, with opportunities to relax, designed to suit a whole range of pockets.                               
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