The cultural vibrancy of India gains an esteemed position every year during the carnival of Taj Mahotsav. A festival attended by all religious beliefs and races of India, Taj Mahotsav commences mostly in the month of February or March with grand shows and cultural events which are particular to the Indian origin. Mainly initiated to promote the local handicrafts of different regions of India and to bring the artisans into limelight this festival has influenced the transnational tourists who never fail to explore such vibrant events. India’s authentic dance forms, handicrafts and cuisines are found in one grand platform which is a festive bonanza for tourists who are fond of ethnic items.
When is it celebrated?
This grand cultural event is one of its kinds in Northern India and inspires tourists to head without any second thought for the comfortable weather. Taj Mahotsav in 2020 will start from 18th of February and exude its flamboyant aura on 27th of February 2020.
Where is it Celebrated?
As the name of the festival clearly states that it is closely associated with the grand artistic genius the Taj Mahal, a wonder of the world. Located in Agra, a city dotted with the architectural grandeurs set up the by Mughal emperors like Akbar and Shahjahan, this beautiful mausoleum attracts global tourists all through the year. Shilpgram, a craft village located at a distance of around 500-600m from the eastern gate of Taj Mahal is the venue of this exclusive event.
How to get there?
To observe Taj Mahotsav 2020, international travellers need to reach Delhi, from where they can book vehicles as per their convenience. However, the domestic tourists can go for the following modes of conveyance.
By Air: Kheria Airport is around 13 km from Agra city and seasonal commercial flights connect Delhi to Agra by air. Only Air India flights fly between these two destinations.
By Train: There are five railway stations in Agra – Agra Fort Railway Station, Agra Cantt Station, Raja ki Mandi, Idgah Railway Station and Agra City. For Taj Mahotsav, Agra Cantt is the best option.
By Bus: The cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Gwalior and Kanpur are well connected to the city of Agra by road. Idgah Bus Stand is around 8 km from Taj Mahal and ISBT is around 12 km.
Where to Stay?
There are wonderful staying options in Agra which are borderline genius. To meet the needs of all classes of tourists exclusively luxurious to the budget category of hotels are opened across the city. If you don’t have budget constraint, you can go for the Oberoi Amarvilas, Radisson Blu, JP Palace, Taj Gateway, Hotel Trident or ITC Mughal.
For the people looking comfort in limited budget Ray of Maya, Clarks Inn Bhawna, Hotel Taj Resorts are a few useful options. One can also look for Govt. Accommodations like Tourist Bunglaw, Gulistan Tourist Complex and few more. But, as you are travelling in festive season, make sure you book your accommodation in advance.
What to Expect?
First initiated in 1992, the Taj Mahotsav exhibits the artistic excellence of around 400 artisans assembling together from different corners of the globe. Some of the best varieties of handicrafts include woodcarvings of Saharanpur, handmade carpets of Badohi, Chikan work of Lucknow, blue pottery of Khurja, silk of Varanasi, shawls and carpets from Kashmir/Gujarat, pottery from Khurja, wood/stone carvings from Tamil Nadu, kantha stitch from West Bengal, bamboo/cane work from North East India, and paper & mash work from South India.
Apart from the regional handicrafts of Indian villages, tourists would love to see the cultural events presented by the artists of different states of India. Various classic, semi-classic and folk dance forms constitute a significant part of this fest.
Foodies can taste authentic dishes of different states like Gulab Jamun, Amritasari Naan, Hyderabadi Biriyanni, Lucknavi Kebab and several other mouth-watering cuisines.
It’s good to travel to Agra during Taj Mahotsav. The weather remains comfortable and you can make your trip more happening seeing the major sightseeing places of Agra like Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Khas Mahal, Moti Masjid, Jama Masjid and a few more. If you are travelling to Agra from Delhi, you can see Akbar’s tomb by the road. Do not forget to click a few pictures of this grand mausoleum.