Agra district has many rural areas that are greatly influenced by the religious and sentimental attachment to the surrounding areas of Mathura and Vrindavan to Lord Krishna and Radha. Most of the fairs and festivals organized in the region are either temple festivals, religious festivals or cattle and village fairs based on Krishna’s life such as Dauji ka mela, Kans lila, cattle fair Jat Devi, cattle fair Kund Mela, cattle fair Gwal Balba, Meta ki Puja Jat Devi, Holi Milap, Mata-ka-mela, Shitla Mela, Parikrama of Shivji, Kailash Mela, Janamashthmi, Dussehra, Kali-ka-mela, Ram lila, Urs Sufi Sahib and Bateshwar cattle fair. However, we have brought you the most famous of these fairs and festivals of the region. Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and softstone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts.

Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself in zari embroidery work. Agra’s major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leather ware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work. The city has a lively but chaotic chowk (marketplace) and plenty of places to stay and eat, but the hordes of rickshaw-wallahs, touts, unofficial guides and souvenir vendors can be as persistent as the monsoon rain.Many tourists choose to visit Agra on a whistle-stop day trip – made possible by the excellent train services from Delhi

? Taj Mahotsav:Much famous and beloved cultural festival of Agra, Taj Mahotsav is organized annually for ten days during February. Shilpgram (the Crafts Village), the chosen venue for this fair is close to Taj. Here, one can find extensive display of arts, crafts and culture of India along with classical dance and song performances.

? Bateshwar Fair

? Ram Barat : The special marriage procession of Sri Ram, held annually at Agra, is known as ‘Rambarat’ and precedes Dussehra. It is a part of ‘Ramlila’, the staging of life of Rama that ends with killing of Ravana, on the day of Dussehra.

? Kailash Fair: Held at Kailash temple in the honour of Lord Shiva, 12 km from Agra, Kailash fair is celebrated to commemorate the appearance of Lord Shiva in the form of a stone lingam here in the monsoon months of August and September.

Seeing the number and range of tourists that flock Agra, the city has a wide number and also a wide range of hotels to offer. One can find the most luxurious heritage Agra resorts as well as cheap hotels in Agra. One can choose from five-star hotels in Agra to budget hotel in Agraproperties and from value-for-money hotels in Agra to luxury hotels. One can be sure of finding a hotel in Agra that suits your budget. Though finding a hotel in Agra in the peak season can be tough, booking in advance is recommended.

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