Taj Mahotsav in AgraTaj Mahotsav is a 10-day-long carnival that is held near Taj Mahal’s eastern gate at Shilpgram. It is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals in Agra. One can find India’s rich crafts, arts, cuisines, cultures, music and dance, all under the same roof. All the handicraft products are available at authentic prices. In order to give a boost to the Indian tourism industry, the UP Tourism organizes the same. This festival took shape in 1992 and there is no looking back since then. The year 2014 was the 23rd year of Taj Mahotsav and a huge number of Indian as well as foreign tourists drop in at Agra in the month of February. Every year, there is a special theme or message for the world.
On the first day, the festival starts with a huge procession on the road with camels and elephants decorated in the same way as they were in the victory processions of Mughals. Trumpet players, drum beaters, skilled craftsmen, dancers and other artisans also join the procession.
Events at Taj Mahotsav
One can experience the magnetic and majestic music and dance performances by artistes coming from various walks of life. One feels that he is entrapped in a spell as these performances are completely soul stirring. The profusion of classical and folk dances and music from various regions make the experience of the visitors complete in every sense. One can also experience the folk dance from Braj Bhoomi in the same style as it used to be performed many centuries ago. Over and above the music and dances from the Indian terrains, there are performances from the various other parts of the world as well. Many say that the experience is such that they cannot stop themselves from joining the dance performers.
Art and Craft at Taj Mahotsav
Taj Mahotsav is the ground where almost 400 artisans from various parts of the country have an opportunity to display their unmatched products. Some of them include cane/bamboo work from the north eastern states of India, stone/wood carvings from Tamil Nadu, Zardozi and marble work from the home town Agra, paper mache work from Kashmir and south Indian states, brassware from Moradabad, Khurja’s pottery, Bhadohi’s handmade carpets, Lucknow’s chikankari; Varanasi’s zari and silk work and Kantha work from West Bengal, etc. And the list does not end here, there are many others that also find their place at Taj Mahotsav and receive a great response.
Cuisines at Taj Mahotsav
Although Taj Mahotsav is the right place to experience the country’s traditional arts and crafts and folk music and dances, no event becomes complete without pampering the taste buds of the visitors. There is an endless variety of finger licking cuisines from all parts of the country. Even the typical Uttar Pradesh preparations can be enjoyed here.
Fun Fair at Taj Mahotsav
The children accompanying their families do not feel left out at Taj Mahotsav. Special arrangements are made for their entertainment. Fun Fair brings amusement to these young ones who are not only thrilled but also wish to return back for more every year. There are numerous rides such as roller coaster, merry-go-round, ferris wheel, train rides, etc wherein the whole family can have great fun.
Entry Fee: Foreign visitors- free entry, Indian visitors- 40 INR, Children below 10 years- free entry
Office of Secretary, Taj Mahotsav Samiti
64, Taj Road, Agra-282001
Phone: +91-562-2226431/ 2233056
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