Oh, Agra - the eternal symbol of love, is there any city more admired for its heritage, more memorable, and better at depicting the grandeur of love than you?
Hailing as the benchmark of a Mughal Emperor’s love for his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is an epitome of affection without any limitation. Built by Shah Jahan between 1631 - 1648, this is the place to visit in India to witness the perfect pearl on the southern bank of river Yamuna. The effect of visiting the Taj Mahal is such that you have never experienced any work of art in the world.
Agra is home to 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites that draws major tourist footfalls throughout the year. If you are planning to visit Agra in February 2021, take on one more reason to visit Agra - The Taj Mahotsav Festival. Wondering what it is? Scroll on to know everything about Taj Mahotsav 2021 in Agra.
Overview of Taj Mahotsav 2021
Celebrated every year with enthusiasm in Agra, Taja Mahotsav is a 10 days carnival organized by the Tourism Ministry of Uttar Pradesh. It aims at exceling Tourism of India for domestic as well as international tourists. Held near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal, this annually held celebration highlights outstanding varieties of arts and crafts from different regions along with folk dances. Various artisans from different states set their stalls at the venue. Guests could pick the exquisite works of art, from handmade souvenirs to other artifacts. Foodies will be spoiled with a plethora of cuisines, from local Agra food to cuisines of different states under one roof! You will fall head over heels for the diverse blend of folklores that makes up the rich tapestry of this sprawling beloved city of India, Agra.
History of Taj Mahotsav
Taj Mahotsav celebration came into consideration during its inception in 1992. Since then and now, guests across the world visit every year to experience and get familiar with intriguing art, vibrant dance, unique craft, and a food tour of India all under one roof! From its inception, Taj Mahotsav's significant highlights are the flamboyance of Indian artisans of different states to promote the rich heritage and unique culture of India.
Significance of Taj Mahotsav 2021
Every year in the Shilpgram district of Agra, Taj Mahotsav is celebrated with full fervor. The sole reason why Tourism of Uttar Pradesh does every possible thing to make this festival a grand affair is; so that guests can unlock the enchanting times of Nawabi style that prevailed in the erstwhile era by the Royal Mughals in Agra. If you are serious about witnessing the folk talents from different regions, make sure you bookmark the dates of Taj Mahotsav 2021. Tourism of Uttar Pradesh focuses on providing the platform to different craftsmanship from across India. Taj Mahotsav's theme is to arrange various programs, from musical gatherings to cultural performances and gastronomic gatherings for the foodies.
Location of Taj Mahotsav 2021: Venue Details
The Taj Mahotsav 2021 will be celebrated in Shilpgram - a famous crafts village in Agra city. Shilpgram Village is located at a stone's throw distance from the Taj Mahal - the white mausoleum.
Duration of Taj Mahotsav 2021
It is celebrated every year between 18th February - 27th February. The Taj Mahotsav will be running 10 days in a row this time too at the famous crafts village of Agra, Shilpgram.
Dates of Taj Mahotsav 2021
Taj Mahotsav in 2021 will start on Thursday, the 18th of February, and will continue for 10 days until Saturday, the 27th of February.
Timings of Taj Mahotsav 2021
The celebration of Taj Mahotsav 2021 will commence between 10 AM - 10 PM. Keep in mind that timings might fluctuate a little. For full-proof timing of the Taj Mahotsav, visit the official site of Uttar Pradesh Tourism.
Entry Ticket For Taj Mahotsav 2021: Including Locals, Foreigners, and Students
For Kids: Gear up for this fiesta and have loads of fun as the entry ticket for Taj Mahotsav 2021 is very reasonably priced. Kids below 5 years of age will get free entry.
For Adults: While adults have to pay 40 INR (approx.) per person for the entry.
For School Children: If a school group is coming to witness the flamboyance of arts and crafts and food, the group of students must be 100 children to get an entrance fee of 500 INR (approx.). However, 2 teachers with a group of 100 students are allowed to enter without any additional fee.
For Foreigners: The Tourism of Uttar Pradesh Department invites foreigners to indulge in Taj Mahotsav 2021 free of cost!
Events/Programs/Sections of Taj Mahotsav 2021
This year, Taj Mahotsav will mark its 29th anniversary. Make some noise, you guys, as India's one of the famous events held annually - Taj Mahotsav is all set to entice the guest in February 2021, and our excitement knows no bounds! And just to get you a little bit more psyched than you already are, here we explain everything about the events/sections of Taj Mahotsav 2021. Thank us, later!
An Extravaganza of Art and Craft
Witness the finesse and creativity of super talented Indian artisans across the world. If you love the handmade items more than the machine-made items or want to discover artisans and craftsmen's unique work, Taj Mahotsav 2021 is where you should be in February. This 10 days long fiesta will tantalize the senses of culture and art freaks! Shop until you drop the pretty handmade carpets, pottery, contemporary furniture, and more! A kaleidoscope of several crafts across India could be seen at Taj Mahotsav 2021 like:
- Artisans from Saharanpur selling and displaying their wood carvings
- Materials made by clay and ceramic from Khurja
- Zardozi Embroidery on Fabric from Agra
- Delicate and artfully done hand embroidery of Chikankari from Lucknow
- Hand-knitted carpets and rugs from Kashmir Valley
- Brass and metal wares from Moradabad
- Zari and silk work on sarees from Banaras
Dance and Music
Get greeted with amazing folk dances and music performances at Taj Mahotsav 2021. Folk talents across different states of India will be gracing the stage for 10 days during the festival. Expect to see soul-stirring performances packed with energy and enthusiasm. If you are inclined towards India's cultural aspects, attend this gathering in February 2021 to discover the different walks of folk dances in India. All the folk performances, irrespective of any state, are rooted in their authenticity. Also, there will be performances at Taj Mahotsav 2021 that spreads awareness about AIDS prevention and cure. So, gather in Shilpgram crafts village to attend the most exhilarating celebration.
Note: Every year, musical performances by various Bollywood celebrities enthrall the guests. The music gathering commences in the evening. The tickets to enjoy performances of your favorite and popular singers and actors is additional - other than the entry tickets.
How about experiencing India on a plate? Get ready to sample the blend of different cuisines, snacks from all over the nation under one roof! Sounds exciting? Cause it totally does to us! Taj Mahotsav will be the playground of gastronomic souls as plenty of delicious dishes will be present at different stalls. Guests can relish the mouth-watering local Uttar Pradesh food or satiate their cravings with multiple cuisines. If you are someone who never runs out of food adventures, ditch all your excuses and head over to Taj Mahotsav 2021 in February.
Both adults and children will get a temptation from the celebration and gathering at Taj Mahotsav Festival. There will be kids-friendly zones where your kids can indulge in joyous train rides and safaris on elephants and camels. Perfusing with amusement, thrill, and entertainment, there is something for everyone in the Taj Mahotsav 2021. Adults can also enjoy joyous rides like giant wheels, columbus, and similar.
How to Reach Taj Mahotsav Festival 2021
Reaching Taj Mahotsav Festival 2021 by road is the best decision and would not break your bank if you are from Delhi. It takes around 4-5 hours (approx.) to reach Agra from Delhi. The travel distance from Delhi to Agra is 235 km (approx.).
However, train travel is also possible and is the second-best option to reach Agra from the major metro towns surrounding Delhi like Jaipur, etc. Agra has its own railway station, which is well connected with various Indian towns and cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Delhi, etc.