8 Most Amazing Things to Do in Agra

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Agra, as soon as one takes the name of the city of Love, all our thoughts get confined to the Taj Mahal. Without a second thought, it is a must-visit place in Agra but the city has a lot more, one could discover. Like many of us don’t know, there are three world heritage sites by UNESCO in the city that includes the Taj and the other two being overshadowed. Coming to the offbeat things to do in Agra, you will have a plenty of options from sightseeing, food to shopping at the bazaars in the old city.

Here is a list of the things to do in Agra you must follow on your next tour.

 

Allure beauty of the Symbol of Love – Taj Mahal

 

This goes without saying that anyone visiting Agra, looks forward to experience the beautiful Taj Mahal, a monument built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his Lady love Mumtaz Mahal. Also popular as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the masterpiece was completed in 22 years by 20,000 workers depicting the King’s deep love and affection for his deceased wife. Early morning and evening would be the best time to visit the place as it’s less crowded during these hours and you can capture the beauty of the site better.

 

Explore historic Agra Fort

Agra Fort is amongst the three world heritage sites in the city and was built in 1565 by Akbar. The fort was transformed into a beautiful red-sandstone palace. By the time Aurangzeb got the throne after Shah Jahan in 1658 was sent to prison in the Agra Fort for almost eight years before he died.  Located only 2.5 kilometers from Taj Mahal, it is an interesting historical monument you should explore. It is a vast place covering more than 94 acres including popular palaces, public halls, library and other ancient assets. The nearest airport to Agra is New Delhi. So book cheap flights to New Delhi and take the 2-3hours road journey to explore the massive Agra Fort.

 

Enjoy authentic Indian & Mughal cuisine in Agra

 

If food is something that turns you into an explorer, there are some of the best places to eat in Agra. You will get sumptuous Mughal dishes like Chicken Tikka and desi Indian food like Kachori and do not forget to try the famous Rambabu Paratha Bhandar for different varieties of parathas. Some of the best restaurants in the city involve Pind Baluchi, Hotel More and Pinch of Spice. Try the mouth-watering jalebi and famous sweet Agra Petha available in different flavors. Also, try the affordable hygienic street food at Mama Franky in Sadar Bazaar.

 

Learn to haggle for shopping in Agra

 

Go on a walk to Sadar Bazaar and Kinari Bazaar for street shopping if you are an expert in haggling. If you are naive in bargaining, better learn the exceptional art to experience the shopper’s paradise. You can have colorful bangles, junk jewelries, leather jackets, sandals and much more that too on the street. You can also have souvenirs made up of marble such as handicrafts with inlay work of Pietra-Dura, a precious stone.

 

See beautiful view of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh

This beautiful garden is the last park built by Emperor Babur of his series of eleven parks on the eastern bank of Yamuna. It is one of the best places to have the best look of the mesmerizing Taj Mahal. Spend some peaceful time in the evening at the park alluring the white monument’s beauty and significance.

 

Do pay a visit to Itimad-Ud-Daulah & abandoned Fatehpur Sikri

 

Often referred to as Baby Taj, Itimad-Ud-Daulah is assumed to be an inspiration to build the Taj Mahal. It is one of the oldest Mughal buildings in Agra built completely with marble and constructed by Nur Jehan for his husband Jahangir. The tomb is considered to be a draft to the Taj. Also, visit Fatehpur Sikri, a gesture by Akbar ingratitude towards the saint Shaikh Salim Chisti in Sikri for blessing the then Mughal Emperor with three sons. However, the city is abandoned due to the water problem in the becoming difficult for the locals to survive.

 

Sheroes

 

Out of the many things to indulge in, the best thing to do in Agra in night is spend some quality time at the groovy café on Fatehabad Road opposite of The Gateway Hotel. Named as Sheroes (She+Heroes), this place is staffed by females who are acid attack survivors in India. Launched by a Delhi-based NGO, this is a motivational step to encourage them to come in public confidently. You will also find a library in the café along with the delicious food and beverages.

Hopefully, now you know how to spend your days in the city of love. The next time you plan a trip to Agra or if this would be your first tour, make sure you get indulged in these essential things to do in Agra and make it a journey worth traveled.

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