Agra is the tourism capital of India. It has gained popularity an prominence due to its various Mughal era monuments and buildings such as Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort. It reached its glory under the rule of the Mughal empire as its capital. The Taj Mahal which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World is not all it has to offer to the tourists though. It has much more in store for the tourists who are interested in sightseeing, especially those who are interested in the cultural heritage of the city that is best experiences on a guided tour.
Agra remains untapped in terms of its cuisine and as a shopping hub. There is lot to do in Agra other than visiting tourist attractions. Arga reached its zenith of glory under the rule of the Mughal empire so it is not surprising that Muslim empire left an imprints on Agra’s cuisine as well, much like it has in Delhi and other parts of North India. It characteristic or trademark qualities are the creamy, boldly flavored curries; lots of ground and whole spices, dried fruits and nuts; roasted meats. It’s a rich cuisine fit for a king. The quintessential Biryani, Kormas, Kebabs , Parathas and meat preparations are all part of the Mughlai cuisine. Food in Agra is very delectable and suits the palette of every food lover in this world.
In addition to authentic Mughlai cuisine Agra also has some local specialities. They are Daal Moth and Petha which are available in most of the sweetmeat shops.
Shopping in Agra is really a different experience. You can experience the roadside stalls or visit the posh malls to grab your favorite brand. One cannot forget the local souvenirs. Agra is know for its Handicraft, marble, carpets ,jewellery , leather products and metal ware. It caters to every ones needs.
Places to shop at are:
Sadar Bazaar-It is one of the popular places for shopping. It is convenient for the tourists too as it is close to Taj and Agra Fort. Innumerable number of tourists comes here all round the year to shop some of the best known products specific to Agra. Although just about everything is on sale here, leather products and handicrafts are most recommended. The place is open between morning and 11:00pm in the night, but the busiest time is during the evening. The shopping complex is closed on Tuesdays. Local delicacies are also available here.
Kinari Bazaar-Also known as the old marketplace, near Jama Masjid, has many small distinct trading areas that date back to the Mughal period.A favourite with both locals as well as tourists, Kinari Bazaar has a reputation for selling some of the finest jewellery.
Some of the other shopping places of Agra apart from the popular Sadar Bazar and Kinari Bazar, include the Taj Ganj area and Munro Road which offer some of the best handicrafts and marble work that one can purchase to take back home.
You can also visit the world-class shopping malls in Agra such as the Omaxe Wedding Mall and TDI Mall. Thus one can have a fantastic culinary and shopping experience in Agra.