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Believed to have been built in 1475, Agra even finds a mention in the epic Mahabharata where it is called Agraban (meaning paradise). Ptolemy, the renowned second century geographer had also spotted ‘Agra’ in his world map. The present Agra city was established by Sikandar Lodi of the Lodi Dynasty in the 16th century and was the capital of the Lodi and Mughal dynasties.

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Taj Mahotsav

This cultural festival was started in year 1992 and has grown since then. The current year 2016 was the 25th year of this Mahotsav. Featuring in the calendar of events of the Department of Tourism, Government of India, the Taj Mahotsav attracts a large number of Indian and foreign tourists coming to Agra.

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Taj Mahotsav

This cultural festival was started in year 1992 and has grown since then. The current year 2016 was the 25th year of this Mahotsav. Featuring in the calendar of events of the Department of Tourism, Government of India, the Taj Mahotsav attracts a large number of Indian and foreign tourists coming to Agra.

Held in the month of February, one of the objectives of this craft fair is to provide encouragement to the artisans by making works of art and crafts available at reasonable prices. Besides being the right destination for the arts & crafts, the Mahotsav is also a delight for the connoisseurs of good food as it is the ideal place to pamper the taste buds of the visitors with endless varieties of scrumptious dishes

Holi

Holi- the festival of colours is celebrated with much glee all over the world. The festivities officially usher in spring, where Holi is celebrated as a festival of love. The festival has many purposes; most prominently, it celebrates the beginning of spring.

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Holi

Holi- the festival of colours is celebrated with much glee all over the world. The festivities officially usher in spring, where Holi is celebrated as a festival of love. The festival has many purposes; most prominently, it celebrates the beginning of spring.

In 17th century literature, it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. To many Hindus, Holi festivities mark the beginning of the new year as well as an occasion to reset and renew ruptured relationships and end conflicts.

Dussehra & Diwali

Also known as the "festival of lights", Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in October or November every year. Arguably the most important festival in Hinduism. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

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Dussehra & Diwali

Also known as the "festival of lights", Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in October or November every year. Arguably the most important festival in Hinduism. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu solar month Kartika.

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