Agra is the first tourist spot on the radar of foreigners, even Heads of State, visiting India. Renowned for its historical forts and mausoleums, it is fast developing as a foodie and shopaholic paradise.
Here goes the list of things to do in Agra..!
Top five things to do in Agra
This erstwhile capital city of the Great Mughal rulers is home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Taj Mahal, The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. In the list of things to do in Agra is to visit Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal is a called “Tear Drop in Cheek of Eternity” for a reason. It is sheer poetry in marble resonating with the tale of Romance of two royals, Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. No wonder this timeless creation of man is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
The massive Agra Fort is very near this World famous monument. It was the official residence of the great Mughal emperors. Also called Red Fort, it is built with sandstone and has stunning marble and petra dura inlays on its walls.
Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, I’timad-Ud-Daulah, Ram Bagh, Mariam Tomb, Chini Ka Rauza are other noteworthy Mughal monumental legacies, worth a visit on your trip to Agra.
Yes, visiting the UNESCO places is one big reason for visiting this amazing city. But there are other things to do here and shopping is one of them. Hence in the list of things to do in Agra we will secondly discuss the famous shopping places to visit in Agra.
Agra is famous for:
• Marble art – Taj replicas, vases, ashtrays
• Leather goods – Belts, slippers, jackets, bags, footwear
• Rugs, wall hangings, carpets, mats
Check out these places for the best shopping experience
i. Sadat Bazar for food, garments leather bags, handicrafts;
ii. Shah Market for Mobile phones – latest or secondhand;
iii. Shahganj Bazaar for Furniture, clothing and fresh vegetables;
iv. Raja Ki Mandi for sweets, religious paraphernalia, garments, women’s wear, household articles;
v. Kinari Baazar for wholesale/retail for glassware, rugs, handicrafts, textiles;
vi. Subash Bazaar for silk products;
vii. TDI mall, a place for entertainment, food, amazing shopping offers on various products and
viii. Shoe Market – Agra is the ultimate Indian destination for leather products and Shoe market is the place to go for some fabulous designs and real deals.
Remember, bargaining does wonders. Employing a local guide for this purpose is a good idea.
Agra’s cuisine is rich, a menu fits for kings. If you experience hunger pangs after visiting the UNESCO sites you could head to the most expensive hotel in India, The Oberoi. Partake their special Indian and Continental dishes or sip champagne admiring the sublime Marble Wonder from their poolside tables.
The adventurous can satiate their taste buds at the medium size hotels or the street stalls around the city.
Savor Agra specials like
• Rich Mughalai dishes at Naik Mandi & MG Road;
• Parantha at Delhi-Agra Highway;
• A Savory, Dalmoth at Baluganj or PanchhiPetha;
• Chaat dishes such as Agra Bhallas at Chaatwali Gali, Sardar Bazar;
• A combination of Bedhai, Kachoris, and jalebi at Shreeji & GMB – Fatehabad Road and
• The ubiquitous Agra Petha at Baluganj or Panchhi Petha
While on the topic of food, here is an opportunity to combine your food trails with supporting a noble cause. Sheroes Hangout Café run by acid attack victims serves Western-style food and is a place to eat, meet and communicate. You must have this activity in your things to do in Agra list. You will definitely feel encouraged after visiting this cafe.
Admire and experience India in all its glory through these Agra festivals and fairs held at different points of time in the calendar.
i. Taj Mahotsav – A grand cultural festival, based on a special theme, held in every February. Artisans and craftsman pan-India exhibit their wares amidst glitzy cultural programs welcoming the locals and foreigners alike.
ii. Taj Literature Festival attracts great stalwarts like Prahlad Kakkar, Muzaffar Ali, Raghu Rai and Shobha De
iii. Balloon Festival is celebrated for over six days in the month of November in the vicinity of the picturesque Taj Mahal.
iv. Ram Bharat is the procession of the marriage of Lord Ram organized every year in this city.
Meeting and interacting with the locals is itself an experience in itself. There is an old-world charm to this city which will attract you to itself again and again.