It is among the most awaited 10 days cultural festival of Agra which is celebrated from 18 to 27 February every year at Shilpgram close to the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. The charm of spring and backdrop of the Taj Mahal epitomize the charisma of this 10 day non-stop carnival.
Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and admired monuments of India as well as of the world. This marvel of architectural beauty which is known for its inlay decorations, calligraphic representations, Indo-Islamic architectures and lattice work. Throughout the world this white edifice is recognized as the symbol of eternal love and is famous for its Incised painting, Arch of Jali, Inlay detail and delicate pierce work throughout the premises.
Taj Mahotsav is a culturally vibrant festival which brings the finest Indian crafts and cultural nuances under one roof. Cultural opulence is a major drawcard of this feast that lures tourists from various parts of the globe. The Taj festival commences with a procession, inspired by Mughal splendour, highlighted with caparison elephants and camels, drum beaters, master craftsmen and folk artists which recreate the glorious past of the Mughals.
Beside these the soul-stirring performances of folk artists performing Sapera dance of Rajasthan, Dundelkhand, 'Nautanki' (Drama) and Lavani of Maharashtra captivates visitor's attention. Wood carvings from Saharanpur, the pottery of Khurja, handmade carpets of Badohi, the silk of Banaras, metal ware from Moradabad and chickan-work of Lucknow are some of the world renowned handicrafts which are displayed here.
During this festival tourists get an opportunity to taste some of the best and exotic foods of India. The rich and vibrant combination of India's diversity make this carnival eclectic and enchanting.
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