Taj Mahotsav 2016, A Cultural Extravaganza


Taj Mahotsav is the annual cultural extravaganza held in the city of Taj Mahal, Agra. It is  one of the most splendid and celebrated events of India. This spectacular carnival is organized by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism and  is a 10 day festival that highlights the cultural heritage of the country as a whole. Art, craft, music, dance and food are celebrated most wonderfully here.

This year the Taj Mahotsav dates are from 18th February to 27th February 2016.

Venue: Shilpgram, Agra Near the Eastern gate of Taj Mahal

The Vibrancy of Taj Mahotsav Agra

Since almost more than two decades, Taj Mahotsav has preserved its splendour. The genesis of this festival was in the year 1992 and the present year would be its 25th year and would lot more pompous this year. Tourists and artists from all over India and the world wold grace the festival. It will be a perfect blend of arts and crafts, culture, food, fun and frolic.

Art and Craft

If you value creativity, Taj Mahotsav can be the most amazing experience for you. This year 400 veteran craftsmen from various states of India would showcase their skills and artworks. Be it wood and stone carvings from Tamil Nadu, brass wares from Moradabad, carpets and shawls from  Kashmir, Banarasi silk work or Kantha stitch from West Bengal, chikan-work from Lucknow, all these and many other handicrafts would be exhibited over here. You can also shop for authentic traditional jewellry, handmade decorative pieces, lamps, furniture and much more.

Taj Mahotsav
Image source – Flickr/Art and Craft

Dance and Music

There is something for everyone over here. For people who are fans of dance and music, there would be folk dances,  classical dance and music performances by the creme de la creme artists from across India.

The Food

You would also get an opportunity to gorge on delicious cuisines from across India and give your taste buds a desirable treat.Taj Mahotsav every year has a amazing  and huge display of lavish cuisine from various regions of India by some of the most celebrated chefs.

This is not the end of the story. Your kids too would not be disappointed at this festival. There is a huge funfair waiting to enthrall your little ones over here. The rides would fill your children’s mind with unparalleled joy. You can have a fun filled time with your full family over here.

Stay in Agra

There are a number of hotels in Agra ranging from budget class to luxury resorts. You can also opt for government  tourists bungalows and guest houses.

Reaching Taj Mahotsav

Kheria Airport here is also a military base and a seasonal commercial airport connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi. Kheria airport is 13 kilometres  from Agra city. Agra is well connected by trains from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai and many other cities in India. Agra is  connected by bus to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow and Kanpur. State Transport and Luxury buses ply on daily basis.

Entry Fee

Entry tickets for Taj Mahotsav are available from the ticket counter at the entry gates. Entry for kids till 5 years is free, 5-12 years is INR 10 and adults need to pay INR 50 for entry.  For a group of 50 students in school uniform an amount of  Rs.500 is charged in which two teachers get free entry.

You still have enough time to plan a great vacation to Taj Mahotsav. Make the most of this time and get the best booking options for transport as well as accommodation. Block your dates in the last week of February right away.