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Taj Mahotsav

Taj Mahotsav is very renowned and favorite cultural festival of Agra which is organized yearly at Shilpgram, near Tajmahal for ten continuous days during February. Shilpgram (the Crafts Village), the preferred fix venue for this celebration is close to Taj. The exciting festival Taj Mahotsav begins with a magnificent procession motivated by Mughal magnificence. Ornamented elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk performers and skilled craftsmen together restore the glorious past of the Mughals. Here, one can explore extensive display of arts, crafts and culture of India along with classical dance and song performances.

'Mushairas' and 'Ghazal' (classical musical extravaganza) programmes are organized by eminent Indian artists to display their exquisite singing talent that creates a magic which shall cast a spell on all those who come to visit Taj Mahotsav. Children and family love to ride on camels and elephants at the place while one can savor traditional Indian foods at the luring stalls here. The dazzling celebrations welcome the spring with a festivity of Indian cuisine, dance and music, cultural performances and exhibition of arts and crafts.

Taj Mahotsav which was started in year 1992 is an invention of Uttar Pradesh Tourism and is an occasion to entice the tourists and acquaint them with the admired skills of Indian master craftsmen and the elegance of Indian fine arts and since then its splendor has reached to greater heights. The festival showcases the wealthy heritage of India where one can experience an abundance of folk & classical music & dances of various regions. The Mahotsav begins with a grand Mughal-style procession highlighting ornamented elephants, opulently adorned camels, drumbeaters and folk artists. Beside being the right destination to explore folk & classical music, Taj Mahotsav is also a destination to explore unmatched marble inlay work, wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass wares from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, the blue pottery of Khurja, the Chikan work of Lucknow and the silks of Banaras, all in very reasonable price at one place. The Arts and Crafts Fair along with the Food fair of Taj Mahotsav have their own magnetism.

Apart from the beautiful craft work, tourist can also experience the magnificent and mesmeric performances of folk dances of different regions such as Dundelkhand and 'Nautanki' of Uttar Pradesh, 'Sapera' dance of Rajasthan, the dance of snake charmers and Lavani of Maharashtra during the festival that always enticed the attention of tourists.

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