Taj Mahotsav- An Exposition of Agra Culture

Taking part in Fairs and Festivals celebration has been an integral part of Indian culture since ages. There are notable festivals in the annual calendar of India Tourism for Example Pushkar camel fair, Batenshar cattle fair, Sonpur cattle fair, Surajkund Crafts Mela, Taj Mahotsav, etc. The Taj Mahotsav is a sort of grand carnival which is annually celebrated at the Shilpgram near the East Gate of the Taj. 

The History of Taj Mahotsav Agra

This is a 10 days long mega event of Art, crafts and culture with a lot of music and melodrama. This is the ceremonial display of regality, pomp, and show and cultural ethos of the Mughals and the famed Nawabs of Audh, Uttar Pradesh Tourism is responsible to organize this fair to boost up Agra Tourism.

The history of Taj Mahotsav dates back to 1992 and this coming year in 2020 this will mark the 29th anniversary of it and certainly it is going to be overwhelming.

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This is a noble platform to view and appraise the artwork and talents of the artisans from different parts of India. The deft-handed performers of music and dance would certainly captivate your heart.

The theme of Agra Taj Mahotsav

Taj Mahotsav is reminding us of the bygone glory of Mughals. You are tempted to recall the days of the Mughal era while the emperor and the prominent nobles were riding elephants with mahouts controlling them with noose. The decorated elephants in the war position or the procession form were the glory of Mughals. In this festival, you witness the effigies of elephants, houses and much more accompanied by the thumps of drums and the tones of trumpets.

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This festival celebrated with great gusto, is also a great chance for the connoisseurs as they get the best flavors of Indian cuisines. If you are a stage lover what can be the other best opportunity then to enjoy the folk dances of the prominent local artists and thus get soaked in the myriads of colors of Indian out. You can enjoy the Kalbelia dance of Rajasthan, Kathak from Uttar Pradesh and Nautanki and other forms from Maharashtra. 

These places showcase very handicrafts, for example, Saharanpur wood carvings, Varanasi Silk and Zardozi Work, Marble Inlay work of Agra, Pottery from Khurja, Chicken work from Lucknow, Kashmiri Handmade Carpets, Locks of Aligarh, Knives from Rampur and so on. Thus the seller finds a better place to display their objects under one roof and the buyers have an ease to buy the artifacts at the genuine rates under one roof. Thus the localities and the foreigners enjoy the shopping spree after the Taj Mahal Tour.

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Thus this festival is a paradise for the shopaholics who can visit the different galleries brimming with the stalls of curios fabrics, paintings, imitation jewelry, old books, etc.

You also have a unique chance to savor the dishes from the various Indian States and participate in the concerts of the top performers. Even the kids have a plethora of options to have great fun of enjoying the thrilling rides on the various savings.   

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How to Get Entry Tickets

The entry tickets can be purchased on the entry gates at the time of visit at the rate of INR 50 per person. The foreign tourists and the children up to the age of 5 are exempted from the entry fee. For the school group, there are cheaper tickets and you have to pay 500 INR for a group comprising of 100 students provided they are in school uniforms and two teachers along with the group can get complimentary entry. For the cultural shows, you need not purchase separate entry tickets. But sometimes during the cultural shows with celebrities, there is extreme pressure of V.I.P arrivals.

If you are looking for some great discount deals on these displayed artifacts you can avail a golden opportunity to do the same, Just wait for the last day of the Tajmahotsav this is the time when the artisans are packing for their departure and sure will offer you the best discount on their artifacts, Thus you will stand to save and the artisans don’t have to carry their stuff back.

Dr Atul Kumar Singh Parmar

Dr Atul is a graduate of R.B.S College Agra after the graduation did his Masters in Arts (English) Later pursued Bachelor of Education and Doctorate in English fro Agra University Agra. He has been been engaged in the tourism trade since 1995 , Worked as Govt Of India approved tour escort till 2011, He is promoter of 10thGate Tours dba S.A.M Tours and Travels. He is an avid traveler and travel writer with expertise in tours and travels, history, literature, architecture, social and political.

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