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Held annually at Shilpgram, near Tajmahal the Taj Mahotsav is very famous and beloved cultural festival of Agra is organized annually for ten days during February. Shilpgram (the Crafts Village), the chosen venue for this fair is close to Taj. The inspiring festival Taj Mahotsav commences with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal majesty. Decorated elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen together restore the magnificent past of the Mughals. Here, one can discover wide display of arts, crafts and culture of India along with classical dance and song performances. 'Mushairas' and 'Ghazal' programmes by the well-known Indian artists. Kids and family love to ride on camels and elephants in the venue while one can taste traditional Indian delicacies at the luring stalls here. The bright celebrations welcome the spring with a carnival of Indian cuisine, dance and music, cultural displays and exhibition of arts and crafts.
Taj Mahotsav is a brainchild of Uttar Pradesh Tourism and is an event to lure the tourists and acquaint them with the renowned skills of Indian master craftsmen and the finesse of Indian fine arts. It also showcases the wealthy heritage of India. It inaugurates with a grand Mughal-style procession highlighting bedecked elephants, richly adorned camels, drumbeaters and folk artists. Taj Mahotsav is superlative play to witness marble inlay work, wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass wares from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, the blue pottery of Khurja, the Chikan work of Lucknow and the silks of Banaras, all at one place. The Crafts Fair and the Food fair of Taj Mahotsav have their own attraction. Some folk dances such as Dundelkhand and 'Nautanki' of Uttar Pradesh, 'Sapera' dance of Rajasthan, the dance of snake charmers and Lavani of Maharashtra is also organized during the festival that always captured the attention of tourists.