Agra, Feb 19 (ANI): A ten-day "Taj Mahotsav" in Agra is drawing thousands of tourists across the country and abroad.
Kick started on Wednesday, a much-awaited event, has been described as a festive introduction to India.
The festival displaying the country's extensive arts, crafts and culture besides folk music, and classical dance performances and offers a variety of entertainment including elephant and camel rides.
Traditional folk musicians, performing outside the venue of the festival, welcomed the visitors.
"We like some music and dance because I think this is history of India, and is very beautiful," said Nudel, a tourist from france.
The security arrangements were tight with a large number of police force deployed on the occasion.
Organised by the state tourism department every year to promote tourism in and around Agra, the festival is truly India at her best with a glimpse of her rich heritage and extraordinary legacies.
State authorities said the Taj festival has been designed to be a complete tourism event in itself.
The majestic Taj Mahal forms the backdrop of the festival. (ANI)