Surajkund Mela 2018: Have you booked your tickets yet?

It’s February! It’s the onset of the spring season! And it’s time for the one of the most celebrated confluences of India’s culture and folk traditions – the Surajkund Mela. The annual event held in Faridabad, Haryana, is a 17-day cultural extravaganza is set to take you to a colourful world with a multitude of events and activities to look forward to in its 32nd edition. Starting February 2, 2018, the Mela will continue till February 18, 2018, and will showcase spectacular regional and international crafts, handlooms, with an array of lip-smacking multi-cuisine delicacies.

The event is organised by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. Attracting more than a million of Indian and international visitors, it is representative of the ethos of rural India. On display are some of the most exquisite handlooms and handicrafts of India, showcasing the unique diversity of Indian traditions and culture.

FestivEscape answers some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the Surajkund Mela.

When is Surajkund Mela 2018 being held?

The Surajkund Mela 2018 will begin on February 2, 2018, and will continue till February 18, 2018. This is the 32nd edition of the Mela.

What is the theme for Surajkund Mela 2018?

The state of Uttar Pradesh has been picked to be the Theme State for the 32nd edition of the Surajkund Mela. Along with all Indian states, around 20 countries are participating in the Mela.

What are timings of Surajkund Mela 2018?

The Surajkund Mela 2018 is open to visitors from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.

What much does Surajkund Mela ticket cost?

The ticket price for the Mela is fixed at Rs 120 per person on weekdays and Rs. 180 per person on Saturdays and Sundays. The tickets can be booked online here.

What are the main charms of Surajkund Mela 2018?

The Mela hosts handicrafts and handlooms, cultural performances by renowned singers, musicians and poets.

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5 Interesting Things About Surajkund Mela 2018 That Make it a Must Go!

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The breeze is in the air and so is the much-awaited Surajkund Crafts Mela. The year 2018 brings the big daddy of crafts Mela to seventeen days of fun, frolic and festoons. We bring you five interesting things we bet you didn’t know the Mela and which will make your visit totally worth it:

  1. Skip The Queue: The most harrowing part of the Mela is always the serpentine queue at the tickets booth. this year, ditch the queue and book tickets from the comfort of your home or even if you happen to forget that too, book tickets without standing in the queue. For goodness sake, tickets for the fair are now available at the household ticketing partner BookMyShow here.

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2. Theme State
: This year’s theme state is Uttar Pradesh, so expect beautiful handiwork, ceramic pottery, the mouthwatering chaat, intricate embroideries and ethnic cultural performances.

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3. International Partner-Kyrgyzstan: Central Asia’s mountainous beauty Kyrgyzstan takes pride in being the partner nation for this year. The extreme cold region and its scenic beauty have produced an ethnicity of folks men and sportsperson who are unmatched. Expect an array of authentic handicrafts, distinguished artworks and quintessential Kyrgyzstan ware at Surajkund this time.

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4. Child-Friendly Measures: Good news for parents and school groups, the Haryana government has taken up the cause of empowering children this year. From setting up various child-friendly spaces, crèches for officials’ children, breastfeeding booths and overall emphasis on child-rights. In a great initiative, children below 14 years would be given an electronic tag which would help in tracing them in case they wander off.

5. Weekdays Over Weekends: Apart from the hoards of crowd that throng on weekends, the tickets, too, are steeper then. Weekdays are cheaper comparatively and less populated. The fair starts as early as 10 am and that is the best time to be there when vendors have just started setting up and everything is just fresh and vibrant. Talking a day off (or some part of it) on a weekday isn’t a bad idea either.

Now there are all the more reasons to visit the fair with your kith and kin…

How can I know about the latest information on other national and international festivals?

You may follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for latest news and updates on popular national and international festivals. You may also write to us at festivescape@gmail.com for customised tours and packages at discounted rates by http://www.festivescape.com. 

5 Places Within Delhi NCR That Sort Your Republic Day Weekend Worries

The much awaited weekend is upon us and there is little that many of us have planned to spend the off-days. If you are among those who still are figuring out where to go, what to do, because leaving Delhi for a vacay isn’t your thing due to the maddening rush, we give you enough reasons to stay back and still make merry. Check out these fab places to spend one helluwa weekend with your loved ones. That calls for a BIIIG Family Hug, isn’t it.

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Pratapgarh Farms/Lohagarh Farms : The sunny mornings are a good reason to spend fun time outdoors. Soak the sun while indulging in plenty of adventure in this man-made village. Both the places are aesthetically designed to replicate a village setup where at one place you could relax under the sun on the charpahis, gorge on some piping hot saag and makki ki roti (straight from the clay oven) and play tons of childhood games like the gilli danda, kanche, and many adventurous activities. A great way to spend time, riding atop a camel or a tractor as you get yourself a champi too to beat the blues away!

Click here for booking http://www.pratapgarhfarms.com/ and https://lohagarhfarms.com/

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Kidzania: If you haven’t been already to this indoor wonderment of sorts, flock here with your family and friends for a whale of a time. While adults can chill at the various food joints, children have plenty to do and earn as they finish tasks and chores at this little man-made world of occupations. Children can maintain law and order, save the city from fire, diaper-change a baby, be a one-day singer, see how their favorite biscuit-Parle G is made  or just about have fun at the adventure zone. An entire day is not enough to experience this fun land for kids and grown ups. They are running some super cool discounts this weekend, makes sense to have a peak here http://delhincr.kidzania.com  

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Frenzy Adventure: Heading out to a day loaded with adventure activities? this is your thing then. Imagine cycling in the air, a 360 degree bungee, zipline and much more at this family adventure park. There’s a separate obstacle course for kids and adults have nothing to complain since the more thrilling stuff is reserved for grown ups. The remote controlled dirt bike racing is another plus along with bumper cars and trampolines. Click here for more details https://frenzyadventure.com/ 

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Oh Max! Wonderland: For indoor lovers, this mammoth indoor family amusement park is the best bet. Meet robotic dinosaurs, hop into forests of amazon, barge into Egyptian mummy-land, or watch the spectacles of ‘The Taj’ in the form of an opulent play and specter. Their thrilling 3-level adventure course is getting some great reviews for ranking high on the adventure level. Be it children or adults, there is something for everyone here at this all encompassing amusement park. Don’t wait, tank up the fuel at get going. Trust us, its worth the drive till Greater noida! Clkick here for a sneak peek. http://www.omaxeconnaughtplace.co.in/
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SkyJumper Trampoline Park: Did you secretly wish for your kids to stop jumping on the sofas and get a life instead? Well, your wish just came true with the launch of city’s largest trampoline park. This place is built in a huge in area with wall to wall trampolines, about 100 in number for both adults and kids alike. Jump to your heart’s content here, for even if you fall, there are foam cubes beneath. More play options like dodge ball, volley ball, slam dunk hoops and more. You can even challenge your fellows to a game of jumping volley ball and go hopping along. There’s a cozy cafe inside to grab a quick bite, otherwise conveniently located at the Sohna Road, go have a meal at the highway dhabas for some authentic stuff. More details here http://skyjumpertp.com/

Exciting Escapes for the Republic Day Long Weekend From Delhi Which You Can Still Book

There is nothing exciting than a long weekend! The thrill of knowing that suddenly your working days have been lessened and you have more time on your hands to spend on yourself and family, is unmatched. Before you even start thinking about how to spend the most talked about long weekend, we give you a lowdown on some interesting escapes you can beckon on the days 26th-28th Jan 18’.

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Camping at Rishikesh: The “Yoga Capital of the world” enchants visitors with its dense forests and breathtaking greenery. For the long weekend, hop on a Volvo from Delhi and stay in a fully functional tent amidst nature. This 2 night capsule package by FestiveScape is sure to give you a hands-on experience of the exotic land.

Highlights:

Rafting, Sports and Indoor Games, Jungle/Waterfall trek. Local Temples Sightseeing

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Neen-Himachal Adventure Special: The Himalayas always form a perfect picturesque backdrop to an amazing escape. Neen, a quaint village located on the outskirts of Shimla is an unexplored haven. Start your journey in a luxury bus from the city and arrive at a scenic campsite with all meals and activities included. Adventure lovers will have a thrilling time here.

Highlights:

Rapelling, Rock Climbing, Zipline, Burma Bridge, River Crossing, Commando Net, Bonfire Sit-Outs in Night

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Jaisalmer Jamboree Camp: A vacation cannot get more artsy than this. The land of culture, folk and mesmerizing surprises is Jaisalmer. Your departures are taken of in comfortable coaches and stay at desert sighted camps is a different experience it itself. Spend a laid-back escape as you get to relax to your heart’s content and get to see major attractions and hidden gems of Jaisalmer.

Highlights: Jaisalmer Fort, Art Gallery, Various Havelis, King and Queen’s Palaces, Bonfire to soak in the cold deserts.

Goa

Goa Fly-N-Stay: Goa, why not! And what better time than this lovely breezy weather. In fact it is the best time to visit Goa according to our travel experts. The days are pleasantly sunny-perfect for the beaches and nights are breezy, just ideal for those beautiful walks on the bustling streets. Indulge in the thrilling water sports or move around Goa soaking the beauty and the marvelous churches. A weekend spent in Goa is sure to rejuvenate you back to work.

Highlights: Boutique Stays, Optional water adventures, North Goa Sightseeing, Day spend at the shacks by the beach-side

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Charismatic Kathmadu: What if you could travel internationally in a just a weekend and within your budget too! The capsule Kathmandu tour is just tailor made for an excitingly brief escape. Experience this picturesque and calm country with us and take home unforgettable memories of their culture and hospitality.

Highlights: Leisure stay amidst breathtaking surroundings, Pashupatinath sightseeing, Rafting at Trislui River at your will, Soak in the culture with local walks and treks

Andaman

Exotic Andamans: The land of pristine beaches and coasts enchants one and all. You could make a brief stay at this serene destination, yet explore a lot in this versatile tour by our experts. Explore Port Blair, Havelock Island and Neil Island in this tour along with cruises and exotic sightseeing.

Highlights:

Premium Ocean Cruise, Beach Visits, Snorkeling, Elephanta Island

 

Email us at festivescape@gmail.com for a detailed itinerary and to make a travel plan that just caters to what you need to unwind in this happening long weekend!

 

 

5 Reasons to Spend Your Spring at Sentosa

Sentosa Island, the mesmerizing man-made oasis of beauty and culture awaits you this spring as they celebrate the Chinese New Year. For tourists who have bee there will surely vouch for the words and those who are yet to experience this wonder, no better time than the upcoming spring. We at FestivEscape bring you Top Reasons to Visit Sentosa this whole spring season:

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  1. Themed Décor: Read amazing display of flowers, beautiful décor and festive ornamentation. Snoopy the animated character greets in larger than life avatars throughout the premises. Various themed selfie booths for those memorable picture memories.

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  1. Movies at Sentosa: Imagine watching latest flicks lying on the beach when a cold breeze caresses your face. Enjoy outdoor movie screenings at regular intervals in one of the poshest areas of the island.

 

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  1. Golf Carnival: Strike some balls at their golf carnival where the entire family can play the sport. Fun activities, beginners’ training and loads of fun here at their themed gold carnival.

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  1. Cultural Performances: It is when the folk characters of the Lion and Dragon enchant you with their street dances, is a must watch. Also watch talented acrobats and gymnasts show you some aerial skills at the ongoing extravaganza.

 

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  1. Prizes Galore: Sentosa people are going crazy with prizes. Even a little amount of money spent could entitle you for lucky draws, shopping discounts, discount vouchers and even try your hand at the fun game kiosks for that little thrill.

 

We won’t’ be exaggerating when we say #UnlockFortuneAtSentosa. Come experience the grandeur and make everlasting memories!

Contact us at festivescape@gmail.com for more details.

 

The Earth dons a mesmerizing look come winters. When some parts of the country are at their white best, the others offer a pleasant weather and demeanor. Winters call for escaping at its best. We give you a lowdown on the Top Locations To Travel in This Winter Season:

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Mussourie: The queen of hill stations is ready to welcome you with its snow-capped mountains yet again. For snow lovers, the hill-station serves as a perfect white landscape of serenity and calm. The quaint town is seen to be believed when it snows, as the colonial architecture looks so surreal. Climb the highest point at Lal Tibba or drive across the snow laden streets, each day spent there would be magical.

How to Reach: By Air at Jolly Grant Airport, By Railway at Dehradun Railway Station and even By Road.

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Manali: One of the very few hill stations with the highest altitudes to be bestowed with immense snow, that’s Manali in winters. Expect empty markets, snow-washed streets and serene calmness once the snowfall beckons. The entire town looks like as if covered in a huge white blanket. The snow points near Gulaba and Marhi offer numerous snow games and rides, which are a major attraction at this time. Must visit if seclusion on a holiday is your thing along with breathtaking snow landscape.

How to Reach: By Air at Bhuntar Aiport, By Road in Volvo Bus and Self Driven Vehicles

Goa

Goa: Goa remains a popular destination for tourist all year through. Wish to take a break from North India’s chill, then head for the most pleasant weather the beach city has to offer from November- February. Explore the scenic beaches and water activities in the day and the misty cool wind later in the day. Sunsets in winters are the most splendid here. Coupled with great food and nightlife, Goa is a winter haven when you don’t have extremely to surround cold weather you and a secret wish to show off your beach body!

How to Reach: By Air, By Railway and By Road

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Madhya Pradesh: This subdued heart of India is at its charming best in winters. This is the time when the scorching heat lessees and aves way for pleasant days and cooler evenings. Best time to explore the gems of Khajuraho, the Sanchi Stupa, Panchmarhi’s serenity, Bhimbetka’s ancient caves and what not. The weather would act as a stimulus to this very versatile state which has a mix of history and landscape to its credit. Visitors with a knack for exploration are in for real treat at this golden heart of the country.

How to Reach: Easily accessible by various trains, flights and road too

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Adlabs Imagica at Mumbai Pune Expressway

Winters beckon some fun too and moreover when kids have school holidays, there is bound to be family time together. Adlabds Imagica is India’s answer to Disneyland. Country’s largest theme park, spread hugely within vast spread of land, it has an inhouse theme park, water park and a snow park as well. Limitless rides, stunning shows, great food and even a plush hotel to stay within the premises, what else does a family with kids want on a holiday! You could even let loose your inner child and have a whale of a time here. Theirs is something for everyone at this wonderful destination.

How to Reach: By Road from Mumbai or Pune

 

Why You Must Explore Festivals Around The World

Festivals bring in cheer that is unparalleled across races and creeds. That little ritual or an entire week of festivities bring joy and infuse belonging that we crave all year through. No matter which part of the world we are, festivals are celebrated with equal zest throughout the length and breadth of the globe.

We thought, why not reach out to the festivals all across the world. There are over hundreds of festivals happening every month in at least one part of the world. What better than experiencing a destination in its true spirit with the festival taking place! Be there and take part in the ceremonies just like their own people. We bring you Top Reasons Why Festive Travel is a Must:

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  1. Gives you New Travel Goals: Don’t you feel like escaping right away upon scrolling through a friend’s travel pictures on social media? Give fuel to the fire, explore festivals instead of the same good old textbook locations and getaways.

HandsOn

  1. Experience Destinations Hands On: Nothing better than being a part of the crowd and experiencing the festivities and rituals like a true local. Dress like a dragon in China or squash tomatoes to your heart’s content, there’s no one stopping you.

Authenticity

  1. Authenticity at its Best: Festivals are the only way you would get closer to experience the roots of a destination. All about history, when is what and why things happens, festivals are your own personal encyclopedia about places and lands.
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  2. Meet Incredible People: People are the gems of any land. The way they dress, food they eat, the way they act and language they speak, get to know everything by just being a part of the local festivals. There is no better way to socialize and make some globetrotter friends.

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  1. Inspire Others: Do something new, take that plunge. Paint the river green on St Patrick’s day, pluck pumpkins or make a snowman, give your inner wanderlust some wings when you take part in the worldly festivals. Who knows, your next door neighbor may accompany you to your next FestivEscape?

Travel is special. Travel is scared. Travel is one of the most uplifting emotions you experience in your life. Travel is hence most called for, especially in the humdrum of a busy life that city people lead. Let’s take you over some of the Top Reasons Why One Must Travel:

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Travelling makes you happier: In a time when happiness evades us and moreover regarded as a virtue, travel makes it easier to pursue a joyful time. Nothing like, pausing your incessant routine, packing your bags and escaping to a great destination. The entire journey from leaving home till returning is all worth every moment of happiness.

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Travelling brings people closer: Whether you are single or leading a family life, you would need a company most of the time while travelling. What better excuse than gathering your favorite people and heading off to some exotic location. Travelling works as an antidote for binding social ties.

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Travelling helps you introspect: Whether travelling solo or in groups, you are bound to have some quite moments for yourself. Travelling gives you an excuse to take a peek inside and think about your life. Goals, responsibilities, past and present, travel makes you introspect all these aspects by just being there at your favorite location.

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Facing your inhibitions: Even if you are not an adventure freak, there would something about some place you would be reluctant about. Travelling to a certain destination itself makes you feel one with nature and overcome a multitude of doubts and fears. Moreover, when you don’t have an option to run back home to your comfort zone.

TravelMemories

Memories Galore: Pictures, videos, snapshots and anecdotes, travelling you truckloads of these. It is extremely nostalgic to reminisce over old memorabilia and travel back in time. Memories-sour and sweet, travel is your personal time machine.

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Widens your horizons: Travel is not just reaching a destination and being there, but a whole new world of hopes, aspirations and actions. Who knew a random picture taken on a trip could make a worthy cover of a travel magazine or you could find a new hobby in star gazing or fishing!

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Great Learning: Travel teaches you more than any geography book would. Maps, cuisines, culture, flags, capitals and what not, all are learned and explored in skin and flesh. The hands-on experiences that you get about a certain land, stay with you for a lifetime.

Festivals

Festivals, be it our own or others, are equally exciting. The zest, costumes, dances, food and what not the revelry of a festival beckons.

There could be no better way to experience a land, other than its festivals. Given the love for travel we share and work to transfer the same to our reader, because travel as it is, is Contagious.

Bringing you the world’s greatest festivals, known and unknown both to your plate, we wish to make travel not just  a luxury but a habit.

From us to you, may the sheer love of travel prosper and let us bask in its glory. So, lets escape, let’s FestivEscape!!

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