Taj Mahotsav is a highly anticipated festival celebrated in the Taj Mahal, which besides being the most beautiful and sensational historical monument is also the pride of India. It is a 10-day festival that is known to showcase the Indian culture, arts & craft, music & dance forms and so much more to glorify the nation’s vibrant and inspiring traditions and cultures. The city of Agra gets all prepped up before the festival as people not only from the state but from around the world arrive here to witness this cultural extravaganza.
The festival is a gala of music, dance, art, culture, cuisine and so much more which rightly represents the rich heritage of India. It is organized by the Taj Mahotsav Committee and is presented by the Commissioner of Agra Division. The festival began in the year 1992 and since then it has reached a wider audience and to a bigger scale. Taj Mahotsav takes place at Shilpgram, the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. It is celebrated in February every year from February 18 to February 27.
Art and Craft. Artisans from all parts of the country participate in the festival to showcase their handmade artifacts which include stone and wood carved items, handmade carpets, marble decor items, bamboo and brass items, handloom clothes, Lucknowi chikan clothes, Zari work from Benaras and so much more.
Culture. There are amazing performances organized in the festival by well-known and popular artists from all around the country. Celebrity artists like Kumar Sanu, Usha Uthup, Jasbir Jassi along with many renowned folk singers and dancers have graced the event in the past.
Cuisine. Besides the eye-delighting architectural marvel Taj Mahal, Agra is also home to many scrumptious street foods and dishes that will definitely delight your taste buds. Some of the dishes the one must try at Taj Mahotsav are petha, stuffed parathas, dalmoth, shawarma, and bedai.
Fun, Frolic and Fair. A lot of fun activities await you at Taj Mahotsav. One can opt for camel or elephant ride at the festival or may enjoy the swings such as roller coaster, ferris wheels, and so much more.
The festival is celebrated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Agra is an architecturally and historically rich city that has also served as the capital of ancient India. It is quite accessible to reach Agra via air, road or rail.
By Road. In case you are planning to reach Agra by road then you may either get on an inter-state tourist bus or may drive to the city in your personal vehicle. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru one is required to cover nearly 230, 1200, 1250 and 1900km respectively.
By Rail. Agra city railway station is the nearest to reach Agra. From the station, one can hire a taxi or get on a local bus to reach the desired location in the city. Trains from all parts of the country arrive here hence one may consider traveling by train. One may consider traveling via Taj Express, Samta Express, Swarna Jayanti and Navyug Express.
By Air. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay airport is the nearest to reach Agra. Flights from all the metropolitan cities of the country arrive here hence one may consider traveling by air if budget if not a constraint. From the airport, one is required to travel 10km to reach the main city in a taxi or a bus.
18 February- 27 February 2020
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