Goa chosen as ‘theme state’ for Surajkund Mela, Haryana


Panaji: One of the objectives of Goa Tourism is to promote various facets of the state both in India and abroad. The Government of Haryana has invited to the state of Goa to participate in the forthcoming edition of the Surajkund Mela as the ‘theme state’ is a great honour. The 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela will be held from February 1-15, 2014 in the Surajkund district, Faridabad, Haryana.


This internationally acclaimed event showcases the richness of the handicrafts and cultural fabric of India. At the same time, affords an excellent opportunity to the finest craft persons and weavers of India. Here, the artisans can display and sell their products directly.


Mr Dilip Parulekar, Minister of Tourism, Government of Goa said, “We are proud to be selected as the ‘theme state’ for the forthcoming Surajkund mela. This is an opportunity for us to showcase Goan handicrafts, performing arts, cuisine to more than a million tourists who arrive from all parts of the country and abroad.”


Goa Tourism is planning to make the most of this event and use it as a platform to showcase and promote Goa’s culture, folk dances, handicrafts and more. Some of the areas that will be explored by Goa Tourism as the theme state will be:

·         Cultural programmes, day performers, fashion show & music cassettes

·         Putting up of catering stalls

·         Selection of craftperson

·         Presentation of mementos


Goa tourism also is focusing on festival tourism and wants to promote it on a large scale. Showcasing Goa’s rich culture and heritage will help the tourists to understand and enjoy Goa in a better fashion.