Taj Mahotsav 2015 – February 18 (Wednesday) to February 27 (Friday)
History of Taj Mahal is world renowned. Taj Mahal is popular all across the globe as a symbol of love and all year round people from all across the globe visit Agra to see the beauty and exquisiteness of Taj Mahal. But during January and February massive crowd gathers as this the time when every year Taj Mahotsav is organized.
The Taj festival is celebrated every year since 1992, at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. This 10 day long festival provides a great platform to craftsmen of India and helps them showcase the rich craft, art, culture, music, dance and cuisine of India. The exquisite beauty of the Taj Mahal along with the festivities of Taj Mahotsav makes it a wonderful festival. The Agra Taj Mahal festival is organized by Uttar Pradesh Tourism in order to increase the tourism of India.
18th Feb: Renowned Gazal singer Sudhir and his group will inaugurate the show with a theme song on ‘Sanskriti ka Satrangi Utsav’, followed by Laser show, Charkula Dance, Mayur Dance, Braj ki Holi by SOS Care India and Murari Lal Sharma & Group, respectively. Evening show will feature a special performance by famed singer Kailash Kher.
19th Feb: Cultural programs by Mangalayatan University, Dharohar Prakriti, Vani Madhav and Surabhi Singh Tandon, and Gazal evening with Shehzadi Tarannum—Penaz Masani.
20th Feb: 3rd day of this cultural bonanza will start with performances by Rashmi Chaudhary, who specialises in light music. Folk music lovers will have a treat from Umrao Salodiya—who has performed in many cultural events across the country. Later in the evening, you will have performances by much-appreciated comedians like Rajeev Thakur, Ahsaan Qureshi and Sunil Grover.
21st Feb: On 4th day of Taj Mahotsav, you can enjoy Kumaoni Folk, Birha, Braj Folk, Laavni and Tamasha, followed by a performance by Syed Sallauddin Pasha’s group Miracle on Wheels. Stars of the evening would definitely be far-famed Qawwali musical duo—Warsi Brothers.
22nd Feb: Besides Kavi Sammelan dedicated to Soor & Nazeer, you’d have Kathak performance by Surabhi Shukla, Avirodh Sharma’s tabla recital, and Vyomesh Shukla’s ballet on ‘Ram ki Shakti Puja‘.
23rd Feb: 6th day will be owned by rock bands—Mrigya, Des-Pardes and Parikrama—after a devotional song by Suchi Upadhyaya.
24th Feb: Spend a light evening on 7th day of the fest with Jitu Gupta (mimicry & laughter), Zaheer & Party (band) and Ashutosh Srivastav (light music) followed by different acts by famed vocalists and dancers.
25th Feb: The evening of the 8th day would feature popular shayars of the country, including Munavvar Rana, Rahat Indori, and Dr, Wasim Barelvi, to mention a few.
26th Feb: Watch out for performances by Deepti Omchari Bhalla (Mohini Attam Group Dance), Uma Dogra (Kathak) and Jyoti Raman Iyer (singing) on the 9th day.
27th Feb: The closing ceremony would feature celebrated artists like Kavita Dwivedi & Group (singing), Kumkum Adarsh & Group (Kathak), Nishi Singh (light music) and Shaan.
Taj Mahotsav entry
All tickets can be purchased from entry gates
Kids (0-5 years): free
Foreign tourists: free
School children: 300/- (for 50 school children in school uniform, including free entry for 2 teachers)
Cultural programs: no separate ticket
There is no dearth of places to stay in Agra. From budget-friendly government guest houses like Tourist Bungalow (Raja-ki-Mandi), Taj Khema (Eastern Gate, Taj Mahal) and Youth Hostel(Sanjay Place) to plush hotels like The Oberoi Amarvilas and ITC Mughal, the options are aplenty. Click here for more information on luxury hotels in Agra.
You can also partake in different events organised in the city during the same time—Agra Fort(24th Feb), Sadar Bazaar (19th to 27th Feb), Sanjay Place (18th to 27th Feb), Shaheed Smarak (21st Feb), Gangadhar Shashtri Bhawan (21st Feb), Paliwal Park (21st-22nd Feb), Noorjahan Auditorium (25th Feb) and Hotel Taj Khema (25th Feb).