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Shilpgram

Introduction
Shilpgram in Agra Shilpgram is a tourist village in Agra in which many artisian of nook and corner of the country exhibits their unique and ethnic handicraft creations under one Roof. This tradition of making handicrafts is limited to a set of artisians and has been handed over for generations. It is an effort to promote the art, culture and skills of Indian aritists in this fast passed Era. It is a craft village with an open air space that has various stalls and shops makes Shilpgram what it is. Seizing the village-style environment, the arts bazaar features works of local artisans and craftsmen, allowing tourists and visitors to see them create their work. Shilpgram in Agra is conveniently located, just about half a kilometer from the Eastern gate of the Taj Mahal complex. One can easily walk away to reach this village. Famous Taj Mahotsav is celebrated in same Shilpgram Village. It is an important event, among tourists.

Shilpgram
Shilpgram, The folk village is run by Uttar Pradesh Government and it covers 11.50 acre area. One can observe superior, fine and intricate craftsmanship in this place. One can go shopping for leather goods, ethnic clothes, carpet, rugs, brassware, lamp, Furniture, wood carving, metalware, and fine peitra dura work. It is a platform for artists to show their art and skill at International level as tourists from many countries attend Shilpgram visit. Taj Mahotsav is being celebrated successfully since 1992 in Agra. It is celebrated from the 18th - 27th of the February at Shilpgram Near the eastern Gate of the Taj. This date is decided by organizing committee, which retains the right to change the dates in special circumstances so please re-confirm dates for particular year, before visiting it. Taj Mahotsav is an annual 10 days Program of Art and Culture. In fact It is the colorful and vibrant program spread the information about India, Indian culture, art, dance and Music. It is celebrated to promote rich arts, crafts, culture, cuisine, dance and music of the state and country. The Taj Mahotsav makes colorful and vibrant atmosphere in shilpgram. It is very famous not only in India but in globe due to Taj Mahotsav and for his unique handicrafts with value of money. The Handicraft can be bought at reasonable and authentic price, and you can be assured for value of money.

Shilpgram Attractions
One of the major attractions of the Shilpgram of Agra is the traditional cuisines, where you can get some of the oldest and the most typical delicacies from the interiors of Uttar Pradesh and from the other part of India like chole bhature, Indian samosa, poori sabji, gulab jamun, Lucknavi kebab, South Indian dosa, Amritsari naan, Hyderabadi biryani etc. Getting so many food varieties at one platform is a amazing. In the Shilpgram, the visitors can experience the richness of folk, classical music, and dances from various regions of the country in the way they were performed centuries ago. Moreover, it's got something for everyone in the family as when the adults are busy with the arts, crafts, and cultural shows, the children too can involve themselves in delightful food and fun fair. Fun riding is the biggest attraction for children. That forwards various rides including the splendid roller coaster or the smaller ones like merry-go-round or train rides. Elephant ride and Camel ride is also a good fun for the children. If you want to enjoy the ethnic and traditional part of India, Shilpgram is the place you have to be.

Accommodation
Shilpgram village is located near Eastern gate of Taj Mahal. Close to this gate, we can find variety of accommodation options like The Oberoi Amarvilas, Hotel Mumtaz Villa, Hotel Atulya Taj, Taj Resorts, Bhoomi Residency, Hotel Shahjahan, Radisson Blu etc. These are some popular accommodation options in different budget categories. In addition to these names, their are many more budget category hotels and homestay options located at vicinity. During Taj Mahotsav dates, these hotels gets first sold-out so their advance booking is recommended to visitors. As Shilpgram is a platform to display your products, so their is no accommodation option inside this complex.

Shilpgram Timing
Shilpgram visitor timing is very much flexible. It is open for visitors from sunrise to sunset on regular basis and its entrance fee is nothing. Just carry your ID document with you and go for Shilpgram visit. During Taj Mahotsav dates, their is fee for visitors. Here Indian tourists are required to pay fee on per person basis. Any child (from any country) below 05 years is free. Taj Mahotsav is more intended to introduce our Indian art and culture to foreigner tourists thus their is No entry fee for Foreigner Tourists. This is to encourage their visit and presence in this event. As Taj Mahotsav fee may vary from year to year so we have not displayed it here but interested tourists may click here to know current update on fee information.

Tourism
Agra tourism plays important role in promotion of Uttar Pradesh Tourism. Events like Shilpgram and Taj Mahotsav offers something more and different from Heritage tourism of Agra city. This allows introduction to Indian art, culture, cuisine, handicrafts etc. It is platform where artists gathers from all India, which means without visiting complete India, we can have small glimpse of Indian art and culture, at one place. This also give valuable exposure to these artists by performing at a platform, visited by Inter-national tourists. They art and culture gets popular at Inter-national level and they get Inter-national admirer. Thus it is beneficial for both exhibitor and visitor. Organizing such events at Agra helps in promotion of Agra tourism. Those visiting Taj Mahal, often prefer to do some efforts to visit Shilpgram also, which is just walkable distance from Taj Mahal complex.

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