: Agra, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
Time : In the month of February every year.
Duration : 10 days
The Highlights : Uttar Pradesh's rich heritage of arts, crafts, culture, cuisine, dance and music.
Taj Mahal is always special for the tourist coming to visit India. There is no tourist to India who leaves behind this monument of love without a glimpse. The aura of Taj attracts every single passer by to its captivating complex. Make your Taj Mahal trip more special by visiting Taj during the Taj Mahotsav. There is so much to see and know about the culture and tradition of Uttar Pradesh India at this point of time, which is hard to withstand.
With the arrival of the month of February, the spring season spreads its colourful wings of fragrance and greenery through out the ambience. This is the time when Agra burst into colourful celebrations. Yes, it the time of Taj Mahotsav, a sheer celebration of Uttar Pradesh's rich heritage of arts, crafts, culture, cuisine, dance and music. Lasting for 10 days, the Taj Festival is the time when you can observe the inherent culture and tradition of Uttar Pradesh.
Agra is immersed in the colours of joy, which transforms it into one non-stop carnival for 10 uninterrupted days. Organised by Uttar Pradesh Tourism, and held as an annual event at Shilpgram, literally next door to the Taj Mahal, the Taj Mahotsav is indeed a fitting tribute to the legendary skills of master craftsmen and exponents of art, music and cuisine. Not only this, through this festival one can get a gentle insight into the rich heritage and extraordinary legacies of this wonderful land.
The grand festival kicks off with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendour. Elaborately decorated elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen, all gathered to recreate a visual delight, symbolic of the golden era of the Mughal Court.
Taj Mahotsav is the place where the legendary artisans and master craftsmen input life into their exquisite works of art. Marble inlay apart, the Festival brings forth an array of other fine crafts as well- wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass and other metalware from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, the blue pottery of Khurja, the Chikan work of Lucknow, the silk of Benaras... to name a few. Agra with its legendary tradition of elegant craftsmanship is thus the ideal venue for holding a culture & crafts fair like the Taj Mahotsav.
Indian feasts can never be complete without the preparation of exotic cuisine. This festival also spreads the best and richest foods of India for the epicureans. Satisfy your taste buds with the exotic cuisine's and delicacies prepared by some of the oldest exponents and the typical preparations from the interiors of Uttar Pradesh at the Food Festival here.
Throughout the Mahotsav, one can experience the profusion of folk music and dances of Dundelkhand, 'Nautanki' (Drama), 'Sapera' dance of Rajasthan, Lavani of Maharashtra... performed in the same way as it used to be centuries ago. Agra is known for it's breathtaking, centuries old edifices. Experience the pomp and show of the bygone eras, which are portrayed through the classical performances held at the ageless sites, recreating the splendour and ambience once associated with Mughal Emperors.
The Taj Mahotsav is truly India at her best with a glimpse of her rich heritage and extraordinary legacies.
Reaching Agra -
Air : Agra has its own airport, so accessibility by air is not a problem.
Rail : Agra has well laid railway tracks, which is connected to all the major cities of India.
Road : Agra is well linked to all the major cities of Uttar Pradesh. which are easily approachable from any part of India.