When: 18th - 27th February 2013
Where: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Whether it is viewed in the first rays of the morning sun, seen against the molten sunset or bathed in the moon light the Taj Mahal evokes a universal sense of harmony and empathy in all of us. This enchanting romance of the Taj Mahal is brilliantly translated into a 10-day extravaganza of art, craft, culture and cuisine, known as the Taj Mahotsav. This event is celebrated every year since 1992 at Shilpgram in the neighbourhood of Taj Mahal. This carnival is organised by UP Tourism in order to boost tourism in India.
Taj Mahotsav Programme
Taj Mahotsav is an ultimate platform provided to the artists worldwide to showcase their craftsmanship. Renowned artists, musicians, dancers and chefs put their best foot forward to make you experience a spectacular show.
There are cultural evenings organised during this festival where you can be a part of soul-stirring performances from world class artists of varied regions. The Mahotsav envelops a plethora of art-forms from classical to folk and popular film music and dance performances.
Many well-known artists and musicians like Sonu Nigam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the late Jagjit Singh, Wadali Brothers (Sufi Singers), Shiv Kumar Sharma (Classical Santoor Vadan), Pankaj Udhaas, Sabri Brothers, Kailash Kher, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Nikolina Nikoleski, Padmshree Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt amongst others have graced the Mahotsav stage in previous years. Apart from this you will be able to see many budding artists and unexplored folk talent from various regions participating in this event.
Art and Craft at Taj Mahotsav
Besides the exciting performances the artists from diverse regions put up an assortment of incredible crafts that include wood carvings from Saharanpur, marble carvings, Khurja pottery, brass and other metal ware from Moradabad, handmade carpets, popular chikan-work from Lucknow, Banaras silk, Kashmir shawls and much more.
For shopaholics the Taj Mahotsav is the ultimate place to be! Shop for unique knick-knacks that include stone diaries with handmade paper, rock and pearl jewellery, traditional folk dresses and jewellery, paintings, handmade show pieces, lamps and much more. You can also buy some incredible old and contemporary furniture and linens to take back home.
Cuisine at Taj Mahotsav
As they say Indian festivities are incomplete without the preparation of traditional cuisine, Taj Mahotsav puts up a wonderful and huge display of sumptuous cuisine from different regions. Connoisseurs of delicious food can savour the extravagant spread of some rich traditional cuisines.
Taj Mahotsav Fair
Taj Mahotsav also hosts a fair filled with excitement for entire family. Kids and adults both can enjoy thrilling rides on roller coasters, merry-go-round, train-rides and ferris wheels.
Taj Mahotsav Tickets for 2013
Entry tickets for Taj Mahotsav can be purchased from the ticket counter on all the entry gates. Entry for kids below 13 years is free of cost while adults will have to pay INR 20 for their entry.