Taj Mahotsav, one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of India, will be held from 18th February 2018 to 27th February 2018 in Agra. This 10 day carnival held annually at Shilpgram, near Taj Mahal, is organized by Uttar Pradesh Tourism in order to boost tourism in India.
Taj Mahotsav is actually a vibrant platform that brings together the finest Indian Crafts and cultural shades. Ever since it was started in 1992, Taj Mahotsav has been organized with a new theme for every year festival. The carnival management selected “Dharohar” as the theme for this year festival. Its main aim is to pay respect to the cultural heritage in the State and also to encourage local artisans. Indeed, it is the best for all art and craft lovers as magnificent pieces of art and crafts are available here at the most affordable prices.
The impressive festival commences with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendor. Bedecked elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen, together recreate the glorious past of the Mughal Durbars. A large number of Indian and foreign tourists come to Agra to join the festival.
Taj Mahotsav has various elements that are center of attraction for tourists. Here at Taj Mahotsav about 400 legendary artisans from different parts of the country get an opportunity to display their exquisite works of art. To name a few among them are the wood/stone carvings from Tamil Nadu, Bamboo/cane work from North East India, Paper mash work from South India and Kashmir, the marble and zardozi work from Agra, wood carving from Saharanpur, brass wares from Moradabad, handmade carpets from Bhadohi, Pottery from Khurja, Chikan work from Lucknow, silk & zari work from Banaras, shawls & carpets from Kashmir/Gujarat and hand printing from Farrukhabad and Kantha stitch from West Bengal etc.
Apart from the exquisite craft work, visitors can experience the majestic and magnetic performances by many well-known artists and musicians, along with new artists and unexplored folk talent from various regions have charmed the Taj Mahotsav in previous years. There are a bundle of activities like folk music, shayari (poetry) and classical dance performances that keep you intrigued. Besides the folk, the Mahotsav also exhibit the performance from the world renowned artistes from classical, semi-classical and popular art forms.
Besides the performances, the Mahotsav is also a delight for the connoisseurs of good food as it is the ideal place to pamper the taste buds of the visitors with endless varieties of scrumptious dishes. One can also relish the typical preparations from the interiors of Uttar Pradesh. The Taj Mahotsav is the ultimate place for shopaholics too. One can shop for unique knick-knacks, jewellery, traditional folk dresses, paintings, show pieces, lamps, old and contemporary furniture, linens and much more. There is also a fair hosted where kids and adults can both enjoy thrilling rides.
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 for Adults, Rs. 10 for Children and Free for Foreigners
Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal, is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the World and also one of the best places to visit near Delhi. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle Tour circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur. The city houses many ancient temples, mosques, forts, mausoleums, tombs and historical monuments. Apart from the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb-Sikandra, Mariam-uz-Zamani Tomb, and Jama Masjid are the other important Agra Tourist Places.