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TAJ MAHOTSAV IN AGRA: A BLEND OF CULTURE, CUISINE AND CRAFT

The city of Taj requires no figurative preface to connect with its global audience. Every year ample of travellers visit the historic city of Agra to catch a glimpse of the wondrous architecture of Taj Mahal. And the number of footfalls climbs manifold in the month of February when the annual Taj Mahotsav is celebrated here.

Since 1992, Taj Mahotsav is considered as one of the most spectacular celebrations in Indian calendar, which is celebrated annually at Shilpgram in Agra. This magnificent celebration invokes the reminiscences of old Mughal epoch and Nawabi style in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Organised by Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Taj Mahotsav represents the traditional heritage of the state as well as the cultural diversity of India by providing a global exposure to the renowned musicians, dancers and artists from various parts of the sphere.

Attractions of Taj Mahotsav:

Taj-Mahotsav-Culture

With a 10-day extravaganza of culture, cuisine and craft, the architectural exquisiteness of majestic Taj Mahal adds a new quill to this cultural event. A blend of soul-stirring performances like Sufi, folk and instrumental shows from various famed artists take the ambience of Taj Mahotsav to a new feat of delight. Apart from huddle of various renowned artists, Taj Mahotsav also allows many budding artists to share the same stage. If it’s been a long gap since you listened to a folk artist, Taj Mahotsav brings that moment live for you by exploring some of the extremely talented folk artists from various regions. In addition, Taj Mahotsav offers you many other inconceivable showcases. Let’s have a look.

#Art and Craft Show

Having said, Taj Mahotsav is an extravaganza of culture, cuisine and craft; this festival exhibits an array of arresting craftworks from diverse regions. Various ingenious artists flock here with their extensive crafts that include Khurja pottery, Saharanpur’s wood carvings and marble carvings. Besides, one can also witnesses some beautiful collections of metal ware from Moradabad. Not only this, Lucknow’s chikan-work, colourful carpets, linens, Kashmir shawls and Banarasi handlooms are some other luring attractions of Art and Craft Show at Taj Mahotsav.

Colourful crafts at Taj Mahotsav

Moving ahead, if you are a shopaholic and want to take home some striking rock and pearl jewelleries, traditional outfits, colourful paintings and handmade show pieces, the craft show at Taj Mahotsav is just the right place for you. Furthermore, the craft show also features some implausible furniture.

#Traditional Cuisine

Cuisines at Mahotsav

The expedition of any festivity remains curtailed unless you try some lip-smacking cuisines. Considering the essence of cultural diversity, Taj Mahotsav puts up different luscious cuisines from various regions of India. Some of the delectable cuisines that you can’t miss at Taj Mahotsav are Amritsari Naan, Puri, Lucknavi Kabab, Indian Samosa, South Indian Dosa, Hyderabadi Biryani, Chhole Bhature, Sweet – Gulab Jamun and Lucknavi Kabab. For foodies, an array of traditional cuisines amidst the great Architecture of Taj Mahal adds a new flavour of relish and rejoices.

#Taj Mahotsav Fair

The Fair at Taj Mahotsav

Imagine a view of majestic Taj from an elevated ferris wheels! This gives you a wow moment to cherish evermore. Taj Mahotsav turns to be an absolute stunning hub for kids when they plunge into some thrilling rides on merry-go-round and roller coasters. Additionally, if you are accompanied by your family, train rides could make your visit to Taj Mahotsav more happening and delightful.

Entry fee

Organised nearly 500 metres from the east gate of Taj Mahal, the entry fee for Taj Mahostsav is INR 50 per adult. On the other hand, visitors who fall under the age group 5-12 years will be required to pay INR 10/person. However, kids below 5 years are exempted from entry fee. For students, a group of 50 members can enter the Shilpgram Complex by spending an amount of INR 300 that will also allow two teachers to witness the Taj Mahostsav absolutely free. Nevertheless, no entry fee is required for foreign visitors. Please be informed that visitors need to purchase the tickets from the ticket counter available on all the entry gates.

How to Reach

The city of Taj, Agra is visited by numerous tourists throughout the year, and the place is well connected to various major cities of India by air, by train and by road. Let’s take a look at these modes of transport to reach you there:

By Air: Though Agra has its own airport within around 13Kms reach from the city, but this is a military airbase. Agra’s Kheria airport is a seasonal airport, and to reach here from Delhi it takes merely half an hour. Travellers can also fly till Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, which is conveniently connected to various domestic as well as international cities by air. From airport premises travellers can hire a taxi or cab to reach Agra. From Agra airport the distance can be crossed in 10-20 minutes. However, from Delhi it may take around 4 hours time to reach Agra.

By Train: Reaching Agra by train is quite convenient, as the city lies on the railway route from Delhi to Mumbai and Delhi to Chennai. In addition, the railway connectivity between Agra and various other places like Gwalior, Kolkata, Jaipur and Jhansi is also good. The best part of railway connectivity in Agara is its five accessible railway stations namely; Agra Cantt Station, Idgah Railway Station, Agra City, Raja ki Mandi and Agra Fort Railway Station. Agra Cantt Station is the nearest railway station from where one can easily reach the destination via auto-rickshaw, taxi or cab.

Agra Cantt Station

If you are travelling from Delhi, there are various trains such as Jammutawi Express, Gondwana Express, Bhopal Shatabdi and Malwa Express. Delhi to Agra railway journey takes around 3-4 hours time.

By Road: Likewise air and railway connectivity, the road connectivity to Agra is equally convenient from the places like Delhi, Jaipur, Kanpur, Gwalior and Lucknow. From Delhi, you can reach Agra in 3.5 to 4 hours time via NH2, and the distance is around 200Kms. There are two major bus terminals in Agra namely, ISBT and Idgah Bus Stand, which are 12Kms and 8Kms away from Taj Mahaal respectively. In addition, regular taxi and deluxe buses are also there to reach Agra.

Places to Stay:

A rich blend of historic architecture and cultural diversity pulls many travel freaks to the city of Taj all round the calendar. As a result of this a wide range of budget and premium hotels are established in Agra. However, depending on your preferences or amenities the hotel charges may vary. In Agra, you can avail a budget hotel with basic amenities by spending INR 1500 (approximately). On the other hand, a luxury hotel can be availed by paying nearly INR 8000 and more. In addition, some other low-budget accommodations are also available in Agra.

Hotel in Agra

If you are planning a visit to Agra in coming days, don’t wait too long. Go now for advance online booking. The reason being, at peak season the hotel charges also climb higher. Here’s some hotels listed for your convenience:

#Hotel Aditya Palace

Namner Road, Katlupur, Rakabganj,

Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

#Crystal Sarovar

Fatehabad Road, Tajganj, Agra,

Uttar Pradesh 282001

#Hotel Pushp Villa

VIP Road to Taj Mahal,, Agra,

Uttar Pradesh 282001

#Hotel AREEBA

30/6/17a/A Opp.Saga Emporium,

Fatehabad Road Agra India 282001

#Mango Hotels Agra – Sikandara

Block #66 & 73, NH 2, Delhi Agra Road,

Next to Dawar Industries, Sikandra,

Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282007

#Radisson Blu

Taj East Gate Road, Agra,

Uttar Pradesh 282001

#Trident Agra

Fatehabad Road, Agra 282 001, India,

Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

So what are you waiting for? Hurry up! Book your tickets now and visit one of the spectacular festivals in India Taj Mahotsav, a blend of culture, cuisine and crafts.

A Glimpse of Taj Mahotsav
Event Taj Mahotsav 2017
Theme Sanskriti Ka Satrangi Utsav
Date 18 February to 27 February
Venue Bank of river Yamuna in Agra, at Shilpgram Complex
Organiser Uttar Pradesh Tourism
Key Attractions Cultural shows, Cuisines, Fair, Rides for Kids

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