The Anang Dam, situated about 2 kms. south-west of Surajkund is ascribed to Anangpal of Tomar dynasty of eleventh century AD. It is battered on the east and has steps on the west with angular flaked steps on the southern and northern extremities. The dam is 19.8 metres in height and the steps on the west rise to the east to a height over 27.43 metres. Its length is 101.2 metres. At the varying depths, from the top of the dam, there are seven drainage channels that run through the thickness of the dam and were designed to maintain the appropriate levels of the water in the dam. The steps of stairs are made of ashlar block stone laid in lime but in appearance they resemble the rubble core.
A water tank, resembling Roman amphitheatre, known as Surajkund, is believed to have been constructed by the Tomar king Surajpal, who is largely believed to be a bardic tradition king. It dates back to the pre-Islamic period, and presents a remarkable example of contemporary Hindu architecture. The shape of Surajkund resembles the rising sun. Its bed is about 130 meters in diameter. It is also believed, based on the discovery of some remnants on the site, a Sun temple once existed here.
Surajkund (literal meaning is ‘Lake of the Sun’) is an artificial Kund (‘Kund’ means lake or reservoir) built in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills with an amphitheatre-shaped embankment constructed in semicircular form. It is said to have been built by the Tomar king Suraj Pal of Tomar dynasty in the 10th century. Tomar was a sun worshipper and he had therefore built a Sun temple on its western bank. Surajkund is an ideal picnic spot, as it is situated only 8 kms. away from South Delhi. Substantiating this belief, there are ruins of a Sun Temple around the sunpool. The complex includes a beautifully done-up garden and a pool – Siddha Kund.
More importantly, Surajkund has earned fame for hosting the world acclaimed Surajkund International Crafts Mela organised here every year. Celebrated during 1st to 15th February, this is a fair that showcases the Indian handicrafts, handlooms and folk traditions. Set amidst a rich rural backdrop, the fair offers a lot of fun, frolic, entertainment and exclusive shopping opportunities. The fair comes alive with truly exotic, exquisite and exclusive ethnic items that range from delicately embroidered fabrics, hand woven furnishings, terracotta artefacts, jewellery, metal and cane-ware. Not to miss, a variety of mouth-watering Indian cuisines at the Food Court.
Moreover, the Chaupal and Natyashala pulsate with, folk dances and musical evenings that add riot of colours and euphoria of rhythm to the entire experience. Every year national and state awardee crafts persons from all the corners of India participate in the Fair. The year 2018 witnessed the 32th Surajkund International Crafts Mela.
The Mela is an annual event that highlights some of the finest handloom and handicraft traditions of the country. The first fortnight of February sees the rural India bask in the warmth of admiration at Surajkund Mela village that lies about 8 kms. from South Delhi. The Mela also celebrates the heritage, culture and art forms. A different theme State is chosen every year that puts its best foot forward.
Raja Nahar Singh Palace
This beautifully maintained palace of the legendary Raja Nahar Singh dates back to the 18th century AD. The earliest parts of Raja Nahar Singh’s palace were constructed by his ancestor Rao Balram, who came to power in 1739. This construction continued in parts till about 1850. Today, urban centres have come up around the palace. But, the beauty of the palace continues to charm the visitors. The palace is a heritage property and visitors can relax in the well-decorated rooms along with other facilities available here.