The Gwalior Trade Fair is also known as the Mela Maveshiaan and is one of the most important events in Gwalior. This fair was first initiated by ruler of Gwalior, Madho Rao Scindia in the year 1905. The fair is held every year in the city of Gwalior in the middle of the month of December. It continues for almost a month.
The Gwalior Trade Fair is spread over a huge area of 104 acres of land. It has almost 3000 open shops, almost 1,200 permanent pavilions, and almost more than 500 platforms. Both the government and private sector business establishments put up stalls to sell their products. The several products that are sold here leather goods, cloths and apparels, include cottage industry items, pottery, luggage, plastic goods and metal wares, automobiles and furniture, electronics and home appliances and so on. Besides, several reputed national and international companies also participate in this fair.
The main attraction of the Gwalior Trade Fair is the exemption of Sales Tax on the several items. This is quite helpful for the mediocre class people who have limited budget to buy costly items from elsewhere. The Cattle Fair and the Art & Craft Sector are the most important part of the Gwalior Trade Fair.
The quality of the Gwalior Trade Fair has been very much improved by the Gwalior Trade Fair Authority (GITFA). The joint efforts of the GITFA, the government, the policies, the local people and other authorities have really made this fair a successful event.