Taj Mahotsav

by admin on February 15, 2013

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Taj mahotsavHustle! The Taj Mahotsav is on! Hire a chauffeur driven car and get there so that you and your family don’t need to worry about driving or traffic problems. The plus points: It’s just 3 hours from Delhi on the Taj Expressway and heat and dust hasn’t yet started in earnest. Based on the theme of ‘Our tradition, our heritage’; the 10 day Taj Mahotsav begins February 19. This magnificent masterpiece in marble never ceases to be sheer eye candy since the day it was constructed. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1632 and 1653, in memory of his wife Noor Jahan. Translated, the calligraphy on the Great Gate means “O soul, thou are at rest. Return to the Lord at peace with Him and He at peace with you.” So, we won’t bore you with the details as you (like most people in world) know about it, just get there and fall in love again with this eternal symbol of love.

Every night is guaranteed to bring back memories of the opulent Mughal era which was overwhelmed with so many niceties and momentous moments. You could stay at the Hotel Howard Park Plaza or the Hotel Clarks Shiraz, the latter of which features a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Taj Mahal. Both the hotels feature fantastic bars too!

Engulf yourself and your family with the melodies and dance dramas performed by major classical artistes of India. They will feature every night of the mahotsav. Some of the hot stuff: Murari Lal Sharma will bring you his famous Braj folk dance on the 19th, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt and party will play some soul stirring classical fusion on the 20th at the open stage in Shilpgram. Plus there are some fabulous vocals, ghazals, Kathak dances, Manipuri dances, plays, bollywood music nights and even rock music to keep you foot stomping.  As for cuisine, the choice is from the world over, but we recommend you stick to mughal and enjoy the kebabs and qormas before the summer sets in. The Luckhnavi Kebabs come highly recommended. Otherwise, indulge in some authentic traditional dishes from the heartlands of Uttar Pradesh.

Oh yes, there’s a crafts mela on too! Buy some fabled Khurja pottery; block prints from Jaipur, appliqué art work from Orissa or woodworks, paintings and sculptures from your favorite state in India! Give your children some good times too at the Funfair. There are thrilling roller coaster rides, merry-go-rounds, Ferris wheels, train rides and fun and frolic. It’s bound to amuse and entertain your family and kids with memorable, jolly good times!

Ask your genteel chauffeur to take you to Fatehpur Sikri, the Red Fort, the Chini ka roza or the nearby Bateshpur with its fabled 42 temples. If you really need to calm down after the hectic days, give your eyes and ears some pure pleasure at Sur Sarovar (Keetham Lake) or the Patna Bird Sanctuary which is just some 64 kilometers away. So go ahead, get set for a tantalizing Taj Mahotsav.

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