Date: February 18 to 27
Organizer: Taj Mahotsav Samiti, Office of Secretary, U. P. Tourism, 64, Taj Road, Agra 282001 Uttar Pradesh, India
Main Attraction: The performances, food and fair are the main attractions of Taj Mahotsav.
Overview / History: The Taj Mahotsav is celebrated every year since 1992 at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. The 10 days long carnival provides a vibrant platform which showcases India’s rich art, craft, cultures, cuisine, dance and music. The enchanting romance of the Taj Mahal along with the festivities of Taj Mahotsav makes it an amazing festival. The carnival is organized by Uttar Pradesh Tourism in order to boost tourism in India.
The annual ten-day cultural festival ‘Taj Mahotsava’, celebrating its silver jubilee is set to commence here on Thursday afternoon.
The inauguration event will take place at the sprawling Shilpgram complex, 500 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal.
Cultural programmes will be held at the Dara Shikoh library, Queen Empress library, Paliwal Park, Gandhi Memorial, Soor Sadan auditorium, to involve the whole city, and send out a message of Agra being a tourist-friendly city.
UP Tourism officials said a special programme will be held on February 22 at the Fatehpur Sikri complex, featuring Grammy – winning Hindustani classical music instrumentalist Vishwamohan Bhatt.
The festival modelled after the annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela, will feature artists like Mohit Chauhan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Palash Sen, Raju Srivastav, Raja Rancho, Sabri Brothers and Sharma Bandhus.
Taj Mahotsav — This cultural bonanza was started in year 1992 and since then its grandeur has reached to greater heights. In the year 2016, we are celebrating the 25th year of this Mahotsav. This festival also figures in the calendar of events of the Department of Tourism, Government of India. A large number of Indian and foreign tourists coming to Agra joins this festivity in the month of February. One of the objectives of this craft mela is to provide encouragement to the Artisans. It also makes available the magnificent work of art and craft at the most reasonable and authentic prices that are not inflated by high maintenance cost.
Taj Mahotsav, one of the most eagerly awaited festivals, is celebrated from 18th to 27th February every year at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of “Taj Mahal”.
This 10 days long carnival is actually a vibrant platform that gives you information of India where you can find India’s rich arts, crafts, cultures, cuisine, dance and music. Taj Mahal is the most beautiful historical place of India which tells about incredible India. Taj Mahotsav is organized by UP Tourism and it is a source to increase Indian Tourism.
Taj Mahotsav: Arts & Crafts
Here at Taj Mahotsav about 400 legendary artisans from different parts of the country get an opportunity to display their exquisite works of art. To name a few among them are the wood/stone carvings from Tamil Nadu, Bamboo / cane work from North East India, Paper mash work from South India and Kashmir, the marble and zardozi work from Agra, wood carving from Saharanpur, brass wares from Moradabad, hand made carpets from Bhadohi, Pottery from Khurja, Chikan work from Lucknow, silk & zari work from Banaras, shawls & carpets from Kashmir/Gujarat and hand printing from Farrukhabad and Kantha stitch from west Bengal etc.
Taj Mahotsav: Culture
Apart from the exquisite craft work you can experience the majestic and magnetic performances by artistes from every walks of life. The soul-stirring performances will engulf you to the extent of casting a spell. Throughout the Mahotsav, one can experience a profusion of folk & classical music & dances of various regions, especially the Brij Bhumi, performed the way they used to be centuries ago. The experience is so enthralling that you would not stop yourself from joining with the folk dancers. Besides the folk, the Mahotsav also exhibit the performance from the world renowned artistes from classical, semi-classical and popular art forms.
Beside being the right destination for the arts & crafts, the Mahotsav is also a delight for the connoisseurs of good food as it is the ideal place to pamper the taste buds of the visitors with endless varieties of scrumptious dishes. Some of the oldest exponents of the cuisine-art prepare the lip-smacking dishes. One can also relish the typical preparations from the interiors of Uttar Pradesh.
Funfair is the biggest attraction for children in the festival. It is a complete family entertainment which offers thrill and amusement for every one. Teenagers and adults enjoy various rides and roller coaster while children are happy with small ride such as merry-go-round, Train-rides and Ferris wheel. So have fun at Taj Mahotsav with your whole family.
Short listed Themes for Taj Mahotsav:
- Taj Mahotsav — Jhalak Ek Virasat ki
- Agra Ka Ateet — Gaurav ka Prateek
- Taj Mahotsav 2011 — Anutha Mahotsav Adbhut Virasaten
- Taj Mahotsav — Virasaton ka Utsav
- Taj Mahotsav — Jashne-E-Virasat
Taj Mahotsav Entry fee:
- Single Adult – Rs. 50
- Children up to 5 years – Free
- Foreign Tourist – Free
- Group of 100 School children in school uniform– Rs. 500 (two teachers have free entry)
No separate ticket is required for entry to cultural programs Tickets can be purchased from the ticket windows on all entry gates.