The Taj Mahostav Festival 2020 marks the 29th annual celebrations of art, culture, and tradition of rich history of Mughal dynasty. The purpose to organize this Taj Mahostav festival is to uplift the old memories of Nawabi era and the times during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries of rich culture. From the year 1992 this festival showcases amazing talent of artisans, handlooms, handicrafts, folk music and dance performances, and cuisine from India – at a practical price tag. Since then, there is a different theme every year and this year the festival celebrates – Dharohar.
How Taj Mahostav is Celebrated?
The Taj Mahostav festival is a 10 days long colorful and vibrant fair with enthusiasm, talent, and extravagance. It is an opportunity to view the work, art and talents of artisans and craftsmen from various parts of India. Almost 400 participants from different parts of India can showcase their talents and work at the Taj Mahostav festival. When the music artisans perform the folk music the visitors cannot stop grooving to the music.
The dance performers will enthrall you with great performances and energy to make you feel like dancing. It is also a place to collect handicrafts from across the country and taste regional cuisine from various regions of the country. The place is filled with painted and decorated big animals like camels and elephants. Do not miss the starting procession of these animals marching long with Warlords led by Mughal emperors from the Mughal era in a victory procession.
Why Taj Mahostav is so Famous?
This 10 days festival started almost 3 decades back in 1992 with artists and craftsmen, handlooms, and performers from all over the country taking part in the grand art and crafts Mela. This is an annual festival organized in the misty backdrop of the beautiful marble monument of love – Taj Mahal.
This year it is held from 18th February 2020 to 27th February 2020 at Eastern Gate, Shilpgram, Agra. The main significance is to cherish the Nawabi style that prevailed in the state of Uttar Pradesh especially during the mid-1800s and 19th century. The biggest festival fair or Mela. of the continent of Asia is celebrated nearby to one of the greatest monuments of the world. It also gives people of these present times a sneak-peak into the lifestyle of Mughal era.
There is a specific theme for the visitors to this massive fair unique each year. It is also a shopper’s paradise as they can fill their bags with unique handicrafts. All different handicrafts from around the country at the same fair. There is a lot to enjoy here including local food, regional cuisine, animal rides, joy rides, amusement rides, handicrafts, and a beautiful view of the marble symbol of love – Taj Mahal.
Things To Do In Taj Mahostav
1. Check out the Craft Mela for arts from across India.
Saharanpur Wooden Carvings
Specialty Of Zardozi Embroidry
Agra marble artifacts and work
Lucknowi Chikan work
Metals like brass from Moradabad
Kashmiri handmade carpeting
Gujarati handmade carpets
Banaras silks with Exquisite Zari
Kantha silks from Bengal
Hand print fabric of Farrukhabad
2. Folk Dance Performances by Popular Artistes
The bright colors, enthusiasm and mesmerizing performances by dancers is something not to miss. Even classical music performances or semi-classical music performers dance at the 10 days long fair. These traditional dances showcase the various dance forms from different regions of India. Brij Bhumi is danced in the same age old way without change. The UP State AIDS Control society holds various dance forms to spread AIDS awareness. Do not miss out the music and dance performances of this Taj festival.
3. Taj Mahostav Food Festival
There is a spread of various delectable cuisine for the foodies to relish the taste as the aroma spreads in the air. The food stalls are filled with dishes from interiors of the state of Uttar Pradesh and from all over India.
4. Fun Fair for Kids and Adults
There are amusement thrill rides such as the giant wheel or ferris wheels, roller coaster rides and toy train rides inside the fair. Kids can also enjoy rides on top of animals such as camels and elephants.
Taj Mahostav Entry Fees & Timings, Dates & Venue
Per Adult : Rs. 50/-
Per Kid : - Free (Up to 5 years )
Per Kid : - (5 years to 10 years) - Rs. 10/-
Per Foreign Tourist : Free
Tickets are sold at the Counter
Ticket includes entrance to Cultural venues
Dates: 18th Feburary 2020 to 27th Feburary 2020
Venue: Shilpgram Agra
Timing: 10 days festival
How To Reach Taj Mahotsav
You can travel in your own vehicle by road or bus. There is also trains connecting to major destinations of India. The closest railway station to the destination is Agra Cantonment Railway Station. It is only 13 kilometers from the nearest airport in Agra – Kheria airport which only runs commercial flights to Delhi. Here is how you can reach Taj Mahotsav given in detail.
Only Air India flights are available at the Kheria Airport in Agra which is 13 kilometers distance from the city Agra. You can fly to Delhi and then take a local flight to Agra which is not even an hour’s journey. Pre-paid taxis are available from airport to destination Agra.
Agra is well connected to major cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Jhansi, Gwalior, Kolkatta, Chennai, etc. There are five major Agra Railway Stations: