Taj Mahotsav at Agra is a culturally vibrant platform that brings together the finest Indian Crafts and cultural nuances. Starting from mid-February every year at Shilpgram, the Taj Mahotsav is a much-awaited event. It is a festive introduction to India and Uttar Pradesh. India's extensive arts, crafts and culture are on display at this event. There are a bundle of activities like folk music, shayari (poetry) and classical dance performances that keep you intrigued. Also, there are elephant and camel rides along with games and food festival that make the event even livelier.
The Taj Mahotsav is a non-stop 10 day carnival which is held annually at Shilpgram, near Tajmahal. The impressive festival commences with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendor. Bedecked elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen, together recreate the glorious past of the Mughals.
The Taj Mahal Mahotsav area becomes a live culture with a variety of crafts and traditions. It is a great opportunity for legendary artisans to display their exquisite work. Marble of course rules the festivities each year for obvious reasons. Besides this, crafts include wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass and other metal ware from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, pottery of Khurja, chickan-work of Lucknow, the silk of Banaras and much more.
Indian festivities can never be complete without the preparation of exotic cuisine. Some of the best and richest food items are available at the fest for all the visitors and foodies. This will be a perfect fest to treat your taste buds with lip-smacking spicy Indian-Mughal food.
Throughout the Taj Mahotsav, one can experience a profusion of folk music and dances of Dundelkhand, 'Nautanki' (Drama), 'Sapera' dance of Rajasthan, Lavani of Maharashtra performed in the old and traditional style, just the way they used to be performed centuries ago. Visitors join in with the folk dancers enjoying swinging to a different tune and dance style.