Surajkund Mela 2018

It feels too precious an experience to just walk down it’s lane. People, smiles and stall after stalls displaying creativity, ingenuity and culture like a fast-paced non-stop never-ending bullet train.

The chhattisgarh gate near the entrance.

Kids, young and old, and their energy – the entire anticipation that something is out there waiting to be explored; it all culminates into a festival of seekers, festival of arts, festival of healing and a festival of a blissful fistful happiness served over palms.

The Amphitheatre

The stalls are awarded to well-known artists from respective states all across the breadths and corners of India. It’s like an access to shopping whole India from one place – the Surajkund Mela. Set in every year for a period of fortnight, it begins from the first week of February, ready to offer a plethora of handicrafts hand-crafted by the best artisans across India.

Syrian stall

It showcases art from different countries as well. This year Kyrgyzstan acted as a partner Nation in the fest.

The Kyrgyzstan stall

Spread over across 40 acres, more than 1000 stalls are arranged in seasonal divisions, that is – summer, winter, monsoon and spring. Marked by huge gates at intervals representing the respective states and several tableaus and replicas of prominent temples that makes-up for a perfect blend of National sentiment and the heart gives out an overwhelming salute to the vast cultural diversity of India.

Traditional Hookahs from Haryana

Some of the experiences are so rare, that you may not ever find them again elsewhere, as they have been lost to the time – like this humble cinema box; rekindles our childhood memories.

Traditional Bioscope

Here is a two-minutes long edited video compiled from the pictures and various short videos that I made at the event. Hope you would enjoy.

Thank you for your time!

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GreenRideBikers

The original purpose of this blog was promoting city cycling and popularizing urban green belt corridors, which it did for it's first one and a half year, since the year of it's launch - 2014. Now-a-days, that is, since the last two years, I haven't been city commuting on my bike, thanks to my city earning the world's most air polluted region title. And thanks to the redesigning of City roads, those are forked under construction since last six months, loosing a green cover of a whooping 9,100+ trees and the rising construction dust hazards. And lastly thanks to El nino of 2015 and El nina of 2016. I don't know if I have missed any other reason. The theme of the blog, hence, changed, into a bit of my own ramblings covering topics, such as - my travel blogging, Social issues in India, Climate change & biodiversity conservation.

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