Taj Mahotsav is a highly-anticipated event hosted at the Taj Mahal, Agra 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 for showcasing the Indian culture, arts and craft, music as well as 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 the Agra Division. The festival was first organized in 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 18 to 27. Taj Mahotsav ticket price is Rs.50 for an adult, Rs.10 for children between 5 to 10 years, and it's free for children up to 5 yrs. Foreign tourists can witness the festival for free whereas if a school group of 100 students in school uniform is planning to visit then it has to pay Rs.500.
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.
There are amazing performances organized at 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.
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 one must try at Taj Mahotsav are petha, stuffed parathas, Dalmoth, shawarma, and Bedai.
A lot of fun activities await you at Taj Mahotsav. One can opt for a camel or elephant ride at the festival or may enjoy the swings such as roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and so much more.
The festival is celebrated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh which is an architecturally and historically rich city that has also served as the capital of ancient India. From the metro cities of India - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru; Agra is 230, 1,200, 1,250, and 1,900 km away respectively. So, you can zero in the mode of transportation as per your location, however, the city is well connected by air, road, and rail.
By Road. In case you are planning to visit Agra via roadways then you may either take an inter-state tourist bus or drive to the city in your personal vehicle. There are regular buses from Gwalior, Jaipur, Delhi, Kanpur, and Lucknow. The inter-state tourist buses terminate at either Idgah Bus Station which is nearly 8km away from Taj Mahal or at the ISBT Bus Stand which is 12km away from the destination.
By Rail. Agra Cantt Railway Station, Agra Fort Railway Station, Agra City Station, Idgah Station, and Raja ki Mandi Station are the five stations in Agra. From these stations, you 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. Arriving from Delhi you may get on Bhopal Express, Samta Express, or Taj Express, from Mumbai Avadh Express, from Kolkata Pratap Express or Poorva Express, and from Bengaluru Karnataka Express or Rajdhani 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.