Taj Mahotsav is a flamboyant art and craft festival, which celebrates the majestic grandeur of India. It is conducted annually at Shilpgram, Agra, near the eastern gate of the legendary Taj Mahal. This ten-day long fair covers all the aspects of traditional India from culture and craftsmanship to music and cuisines. This year, we are celebrating the 26th year of this festival, which is scheduled to take place from the 18th to the 27th of February, with the theme, “In the shadow of Heritage”.
Arts and crafts bazaar
The main purpose of this extravagant fair is to provide a vibrant platform to artisans from different parts of the country to display their unique pieces of art. The mela is popularly known for exquisite craftsmanship like intricate wood and stone carvings, delicate bamboo and cane work, marble designs, royal paintings, paper mash creations, breath-taking brass wares, hand-made carpets, pottery and fine silk work to name a few. The Mahotsav provides excellent exposure for foreigners to explore and fall in love with traditional and authentic Indian craftsmanship. It is also a brilliant platform for travellers and art lovers to find genuine Indian garments. They can choose from a wide range of pashmina shawls, zardozi embroidery work, fine zari work, dainty chikan embroidery, banarasi silk work and much more.
The Taj Mahotsav is both art to the eyes and music to the ears. Get ready to get completely engulfed in mind-blowing performances by artists from diverse Indian backgrounds. The festival itself starts with a lavish parade of elephants and camels imitating the royal lives of Mughal emperors. The contemporary folk and classical music, accompanied by high-spirited and energetic folk dancers, is guaranteed to leave you spellbound. Another soul-stirring act is the traditional Brij Bhumi, performed with conventional instruments, which makes you really connect back to the roots of India. Apart from conservative dance forms, the festival also showcases semi-classical and critically acclaimed artists who are eminently celebrated around the world.
No mela is complete without mouth-watering food and the Taj Mahotsav is no exception. Apart from diverse culture and intricate art forms, India is well known for its delicious range of food and dessert so one can just imagine the vast variety of finger-licking dishes sold here. From the humble samosa to the all-time-favorite biriyani, the food mela can also be termed as a foodie’s paradise.
The fun fair carnival is vibrant in every form and is the probably the happiest place to be in for kids. The hand-pulled merry-go-rounds, the thrilling train rides, the majestic jumping castles and the iconic Ferris wheels have something to offer to both kids and teenagers. Apart from small-scale rides for the little ones, adults can also have a blast with the more upbeat rides like roller coasters and giant slides.
The full circle of fun-filled activities, the most-talked-about art and craft exhibition, the scrumptious food and the affordable ticket rates makes Taj Mahotsav the most anticipated event of the year. Conveniently located near the iconic Taj Mahal, it is the ultimate festival to get to know more about our Indian heritage and culture and have a good time with your family and friends.