India has several festivals of art and craft all-round the year, across the country.
You will find an amazing amalgamation of different people, art and culture at these numerous places.
So how about a festival at the monument of love, Taj Mahal in Agra?
The Taj Mahotsav takes place every year at the Shilpgram near the Taj Mahal. This festival completely recreates the Mughal era with its beautiful art and culture. This year the festival takes place from 18th-27th February. When you witness this festival you actually get an experience of the grandeur it has with a humungous procession of magnificently decorated elephants and camels along with other musicians.
This carnival is a great platform for all the artisans from different parts of the country to showcase their art and talent. You will find all the handicrafts from different states like the marble and zardozi work of Agra, the famous silk and zari work of Banaras, chikankari of Lucknow, lovely shawls and carpets from both Gujarat and Kashmir and many more. Apart from the art and craft, there will be many folk artists performing at the event, taking a step forward to let people know about the hidden folk culture of India.
Every year the Taj Mahotsav has a different theme on which the whole festival is celebrated. The theme of this year’s Taj Mahotsav is, sanskriti ka satrangi utsav, where all different cultures come together and celebrate the oneness of the country. The festival is held at Shilpgram, which is situated near the eastern gate of Taj Mahal. It is said that this is the place where the artisans who made the Taj Mahal used to rest after a day’s work and watched the developing site from here. The location right next to Taj Mahal is just apt for the Taj Mahotsav to take place, recreating the old and royal Mughal era with all kinds of splendour.
In the grand procession around 400 artisans, skilled craftsmen, dancers, musicians, etc. also take part with utmost excitement. Experiencing this lovely site is mesmerising and thrilling at the same time. The Mahotsav includes all types of world-renowned folk, classical and semi-classical artists who add up to the glory of this festival.
Besides the cultural programmes, this is the right place to give way to your gastronomic delights and enjoy some delicious cuisines of not only Uttar Pradesh but also from different states of the country. There is an ample variety of food delights and surely this is a heaven for all foodies.
So, with ten days of sheer enjoyment, visiting the Taj Mahotsav can be your pick for travel this month!