Enjoy Taj Mahotsav which is an annual festival held in Agra near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. It is a ten-day event that attracts people from all over the world to witness the Wonder of the World and Indian culture and tradition. This year, it will take place from February 18 to 27 at the same venue. While the list of artists performing and schedule isnβt out yet, the festival is a big draw for foreigners. The weather is just right this time of the year which makes it a pleasant time to host the festival. Book your hotel room in advance if you plan to go for the Taj Mahotsav.
This cultural bonanza was started in year 1992 and since then its grandeur has reached to greater heights. In the year 2015, we are celebrating the 24th 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.
If you want to book your 10 days stay in Agra to witness the annual Taj Mahotsav festival, you may book it now. Don’t miss the opportunity to book your hotels. Agra is top pick amongst travelers during the festival. The ITC Mughal Hotel is priced at Rs 81,225 for 9 nights. While the Radission Blue Agra is available now at Rs 57,313 for the said period. If you are looking for low budget hotel stay in Agra, try out for Hotel Sheela which is offering Rs 4726 for 9 nights or Tourist Rest House for Rs 6446 respectively.
Don’t forget to enjoy Taj Mahotsav for 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 and 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 and zari work from Banaras, shawls & carpets from Kashmir/Gujarat and hand printing from Farrukhabad and Kantha stitch from west Bengal etc.
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 Taj Mahotsav, one can experience a profusion of folk & classical music and 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 and 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. So, enjoy Taj Mahotsav, 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 and enjoy Taj Mahotsav with your whole family.
(c) Mohen Naorem