Cultural heritage, crafts, music, dance and cuisine, that’s the much-awaited Taj Mahotsav. Held near the eastern gate of Taj Mahal at Shilpgram, this high-spirited festival in Agra is celebrated to promote and signify the opulent culture of the country. Organized under the administration of the Department of Tourism, Government of India, Taj Mahotsav is one of the most popular festivals in Uttar Pradesh which takes place in the month of February and is a ten-day long festival which was first celebrated in the year 1992 in Agra. Every year, the festival marks its onset on 18th February and the celebration continues until 27th February. Apart from the age-old art and craft, the festival also acknowledges traditional dances, music and cuisines from different regions of the country. The celebration starts with a large procession comprising caparisoned camels and elephants, craftsmen, drum beaters, and folk artists.
This much-awaited festival of Uttar Pradesh displays craftsmanship of over than 400 artisans, which is indeed a treat to the eyes. Be it woodcarvings of Saharanpur, blue pottery of Khurja, stone/wood carvings of Tamil Nadu, metal ware of Moradabad, shawls and carpets of Kashmir and Gujarat, hand printing of Farrukhabad or cane/bamboo artwork of North East, one can expect to see a wide variety of artworks at Taj Mahotsav. Apart from this, the spectacular cultural dance and music performances add to the festival’s high-spirited ambience.
Another major highlight of this famous celebration is the Food Festival. The delectable traditional delicacies in Taj Mahotsavhail not only from the state but from various parts of the countries. From Lucknavi Kebab to Amritsari Naan, South Indian Dosa to Hyderabadi Biryani, a wide range of delectable dishes on offer enhance the festival. Taj Mahotsav bids something for everyone - adults can adore the beautiful art and craft, the elderly ones can relish music and dance performances and kids can go for a food tour.