In the land of the magnificent ever dazzling Taj Mahal, Taj Mahotsav was born in 1992 to celebrate the cultural glory and vibrancy of India. When the rest of India flows with daily chores of life, Agra gets dressed up in color and vibrancy to celebrate Taj Mahotsav, a 10 day carnival that brings into limelight India’s rich art, craft, cuisine and culture. This cultural extravaganza brings artisans into prominence and promotes handicrafts and local produce of different Indian regions. The festival is organized by Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department and is witnessed by thousands of Indian and foreign tourists. To taste India’s authentic cuisines, experience India’s traditional dance forms, purchase the best handicrafts made by regional artisans and immerse in the country’s vibrant multicultural hue, plan a trip to Agra during Taj Mahotsav.
For your convenience, Goibibo has listed some of the important facts of the festival. Scroll below and have a look.
When is Taj Mahotsav Celebrated?
Every year this festive bonanza is celebrated for 10 days. It opens its door on 18th February and extends its flamboyance till 27th February. The cool pleasant weather of Agra during this time gives rise to a perfect setting for the event.
Where is Taj Mahotsav Celebrated?
The festival has a close touch with Agra’s Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. So, within the heart of the city, at a distance of around 500 metres from Taj Mahal’s east gate is Shilpagram, where the festival is celebrated.
Where to Stay During Taj Mahotsav?
There are lots of accommodation options in Agra. These accommodations range from basic budget to luxury categories that cater to all class of travellers. There are hotels near Shilpagram too where tourists can stay to get easy accessibility to the festival. Luxury accommodations like Radisson Blue, Oberoi Amarvillas, JP Palace and Taj Gateway are located at the vicinity of Taj Mahal and the venue. Budget travellers can opt for hotels like Taj Plaza or The Retreat during their trip to Taj Mahotsav.
What to See in Taj Mahotsav?
Taj Mahotsav is a giant platform that exhibits the artistic skills of artisans from all parts of India. The best varieties of Chikan work of Lucknow, wood/stone carvings of Tamil Nadu, wood and brush carvings of Saharanpur, Kantha stitch work of West Bengal, cane work of North east India, Kashmiri embroidered shawls and carpets from Kashmir, blue pottery of Khurja, all are exhibited here. Apart from these attractive handicrafts, tourists will also get a chance to enjoy cultural events in the form of folk dance and classical music, significant to different states of India as this year’s theme revolves around ‘Hum Ek, Sanskriti Anek’.
Along with these, Taj Mahotsav is a must visit carnival for food lovers. Delicious Lucknawi kabab, Amritsari naan, Delhi’s aaloo tikki, Hyderabadi Biriyani, Kashmiri Chai, and several other lip- smacking dishes are found here.
How to Reach Taj Mahotsav?
Agra is well connected by road, rail and air from major Indian cities. Kheria Airport (or Agra Airport) connects Agra to all major cities of India. There are five railway stations in the city and trains from all parts of India ply to Agra regularly. For Taj Mahotsav, Agra Cantt station is the ideal one. The city is well connected by buses from Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Kanpur etc. Agra Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT) is around 12km away from Taj Mahal.
So, if you haven’t made any weekend plans yet, guess I’ve helped you in making one!