If you’ve never been to Taj Mahal, the time to visit now is just right. The Taj Festival in Agra is an annual extravaganza that celebrates the rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship of our country by bringing together India’s rich arts, crafts, cultures, cuisine, dance and music. The festival is held at Shilpgram near the eastern gate of Taj Mahal every year, and this year it is on from February 18 – 27.
The Taj Festival begins with a grand procession that reminds one of the magnificence of the Mughal era. Elephants and camels are brilliantly decorated, drummers are adorned in finery, talented folk artistes and master craftsmen are all gorgeously attired when they participate in this lavish procession.
The Taj Festival brings together memorable performances by some of the best classical artistes in the country. The wonderful song and dance programmes are by some of the best in the country. Folk artistes are given a centre-stage every year; they celebrate everything from the sapera dance of Rajasthan, to lavani of Maharashtra and Nautanki.
The Taj Festival also gives the Indian craftsmen a unique platform to showcase their talent. They exhibit their works of art; and visitors get the chance to purchase the marvellous pieces straight from the artisans. Exhibits include wood carvings of Saharanpur, brass and other metal ware of Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, pottery of Khurja, chikan-work of Lucknow, silk of Varanasi and much more.
You can absorb the vibrant vibe of the place by going on a elephant or camel ride. For all your gourmet needs, a food festival is also organised at the same time where you can taste some of the most exotic cuisines from different parts of the country. Visiting during Taj Festival not only gives you a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the spectacular carnival but also explore the Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.