The Taj Mahal in Agra city of Uttar Pradesh welcomes everyone around the world for the Taj Mahotsav from 18th February 2020 to 27th February 2020.

Taj View


The festival will be held at Shilpgram near the eastern gate of this beautiful mausoleum, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

From painters, musicians, chefs and dancers to artisans, garment sellers and theatre artists, India’s creative side will be on display for more than a week with travellers and locals celebrating together at this monument of power and love.

Art and Sculptures in Taj


Take home a few souvenirs — carpets, wood carvings, brass lamps, unique pieces of jewelry — and enjoy the fair and food!

Shop at Mahotsav


Hotels Near the Taj Mahal

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Agra (B/H-1&2, Taj Nagri Phase 2, Agra, Uttar Pradesh – 282001, India)

Crystal Sarovar Premiere (Fatehabad Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh – 282001, India)

The Oberoi Amarvilas (Taj East Gate Rd, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh – 282001, India)

View from Oberoi Hotel

If you are on a budget:

The Coral Tree Homestay (4, opposite Jalma Research Institute, Amar Lok Colony, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh – 282001, India)

Bedweiser Backpackers Hostel (MIG-57 Taj East Gate Road, Near Shilpgram Parking, Taj Nagari, Phase-I, Dhandhupura, Uttar Pradesh – 282001, India)


Other Attractions in Agra

Night Viewing of the Taj Mahal 

The Taj Mahal changes hue as the day passes to stand in the moon like a vision from beyond. Don’t miss the chance to see this moon-kissed monument from Mehtab Bagh across the Yamuna River.

Taj at Night

Tourists are allowed to go in groups of 50 on five days of the month when the moon is at its fullest. Book your tickets well before you arrive!

Go here to access the official website.

Old Agra

Walk through the bazaars of old Agra with a registered guide or explore these labyrinths yourself.

Old Agra

See the colors and cultures that make this ancient city,  the many little nooks and corners — including the spice bazaar and the colorful kinari bazaar — that define the home of the Taj Mahal.

If you are curious about food, go for a food tasting tour to sample some of the best street food in India — from the very spicy aloo tikki, and kachoris to the hot and sweet jalebi

Roman Catholic Cemetery

Catholic Cemetery

A Catholic cemetery in Islamic architecture — yes, North India’s oldest Christian cemetery is in Agra. Most graves carry Mughal traits with the oldest grave from the 17th century.

Keoladeo National Park

About an hour’s drive from Agra is another UNESCO World Heritage Site — Keoladeo National Park.

National Park

It’s home to more than 300 species of birds, including the rare Siberian crane. It also shelters snakes, deer, jackals and blackbucks, and many different species of butterflies.

Spread across 11 square miles of woodlands, swamps and grasslands, the park also has an ancient temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. 

Agra Fort

A symbol of immense power and extravagance, this 16th century fort was built in the times of Emperor Akbar and later transformed into a palace by his grandson Emperor Shah Jahan.

Agra Fort

Agra Fort is made of beautiful red sandstone and marble, and is truly one of the finest Mughal forts in India. It’s a maze of buildings with some of the most iconic structures — such as the Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) and Khas Mahal (the residential quarters of Shah Jahan), and the enchanting Anguri Bagh, a garden that leads to what once was Akbar’s harem.

Many more exquisite structures can be found in and around this fort, which opens 30 minutes before sunrise daily. The last entry ticket is given out 30 minutes before sunset. 

Fatehpur Sikri

Agra Fort

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fatehpur Sikri was built during the second half of the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for a decade after which Akbar abandoned it for Agra.

Stroll around this city of ghosts to breathe in remnants from the past — from Jodha bai’s luxurious residence and the Panch Mahal to Buland Darwaza and the marble tomb of Saint Salim Chishti. 

Stroll around this city of ghosts to breathe in remnants from the past — from Jodha bai’s luxurious residence and the Panch Mahal to Buland Darwaza and the marble tomb of Saint Salim Chishti. 

(Pic: Shutterstock)

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