Agra is a beautiful city that takes you back to before the 15th century AD. The historical monuments made from precious material like marble and red sandstone and artificial lakes gives you a memory that lasts a lifetime. There is a mini city inside enormous gates filled with a glass palace, glazed tiled monument, and so on. This well connected city gets several tourists from all over the world every year. You can visit during anytime of the year if you do not have climate concerns. However, there are colorful fairs & festivals celebrated in full gusto. Make sure to visit in time to participate in these major festivals of Agra.
Literally meaning ‘Great Celebration of Taj’ this is one of the first festivals in the year. It is celebrated each year with various activities for people of all ages to enjoy. For example kids can enjoy elephant & camel rides while elderly can listen to Ghazals. Adults can enjoy poetry recitations called ‘Mushairas’. Colorful folk artistes perform Nautanki, Sapera, and Lavani with drums & traditional music. Make sure to shop for blue pottery, food, arts & craft during the 10 days long festival. The UP Tourism organizes the fair at Shilpgram, a crafts village close to Taj in February.
Shortly before Dusshera there is a fancy marriage procession that marks the end of Ravana. A major fair is held every year and stages the life of Rama in Ram- Lila. The procession of the dressed up deities wedding is visited by thousands. It covers all major lanes of various towns to reach Janakpuri from Lala Channomalji Ki Baradari. Teenage boys play the role of the female deities. A silver chariot carrying Rama with his brothers on either side starts at Raja Janak, a royal palace. The bejeweled crowns, decorated silver chariot and fancy costumes make the fair more colorful and interesting.
This festival is held during the monsoon season during months of August or September. This is an annual festival that repeats every year. People celebrate the festival to remember Shiva who appeared in the form of a stone called lingam. Devotees and worshippers of Shiva are called Shivites or Lingites. By visiting from nearby towns and surrounding areas to commemorate the festival. The world famous Kailash Fair is held 12 kilometers away from the city of Agra at a venue called Kailash Temple.
This is month long festival held each year during October and / or November to commemorate Lord Shiva. The fair takes the name of the presiding deity called Bateshwar Mahadeo. Hence Bateshwar Fair is held in a town situated 70 kilometers from Agra with 108 Hindu temples of various gods and goddesses. This is a world famous spiritual festival where massive numbers of devotees take a holy dip in the sacred River Yamuna waters. There is also a Cattle fair and live stock fair while the festivities are also witnessed throughout city of Agra.