Coming to Agra? And feel like there is nothing else to do or see beyond the much talked about world wonder – Taj Mahal which took 22 years and 20,000 workers to built? Have a look at these five best experiences in Agra – things to do in city of Love which will make you change your opinion about Agra.
1. Dinner with Taj Mahal at Hotel Amar Vilas, Agra
Enjoy the luxury at its best in the finest hotel of Agra, where you can either dine at one of the two restaurants (Bellevue and Esphahan) that offer a choice of fine international cuisine and authentic traditional flavours of India, or simply relax with a quiet drink whilst gazing at the Taj Mahal from the bar terrace. This most expensive hotel of Agra offers an unrivalled view of Taj Mahal along with the finest international and Indian cuisine. Though a drink or two will surely burn a hole in your pocket, but the experience is well worth it. Quality costs! Advance reservation is recommended.
2. Visit The World Heritage Sites
Agra is the only city in the world which boasts of having three World Heritage Monuments – splendid Taj mahal, magnificent Agra Fort and majestic Fatehpur Sikri. While Taj Mahal is the top priority in every traveler’s list, people often miss the other two. Make sure you visit one of the finest Mughal Forts of India – Agra Fort and the deserted red sand stone city of Fatehpur Sikri which once remained the capital of India for a long time till it was abandoned due to scarcity of drinking water. Check our India Through The Back Door Tours.
3. Watch the saga of love at Kalakriti Dance Drama Show
Every evening at 6:30 pm, a dance drama depicting the story of making of Taj Mahal is performed live for 80 minutes at Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center, not far from Taj Mahal. This multi-lingual show also displays a big replica of Taj Mahal, with multi color lights thrown upon it showing the different moods of Taj mahal all through the day and night. Tickets start from Rs. 1,200.
4. Agra Food
Don’t forget to taste the authentic Indian cuisine when you are in Agra. The local breakfast of “Bedai / Kachori and Jalebi” is well worth the try along with the very famous Agra Petha in many taste variants. Highly recommended non-touristy multi-cuisine restaurants where locals eat are – Pinch of Spice, Pind Baluchi and Hotel Amar. For the best inexpensive hygienic street food, you can head to Time To Eat – Mama Franky at Sadar Bazar or try the Indian Pasta made by Masterchef India finalist.
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For those of you who are unaware, we do offer Agra Food Walk – Explore Agra By Mouth tour where you can taste the unlimited samples of traditional Indian food at hygienic places without worrying about “Delhi-Belly” for a small price. So if you happen to be in Agra with some free time in your hands and an empty stomach, do get in touch with us for exploring India through your taste buds.
Check out below the videos of our very popular food walk :
5. Shop till you drop
Agra is a shopper’s paradise for those of you who know the art of haggling. Agra is famous for leather stuff including shoes and jackets. Also, Agra is the best place to buy marble handicraft souvenirs involving the inlay work of semi-precious stones called Pietra-Dura for your loved ones back home. Don’t forget to check out handmade carpets/rugs, gold jewellery and sarees. Or you can have a walk in old city wholesale markets which have existed for over 400 years since the Mughal era. But beware of the scams and being ripped off at these so called “Government Approved Showrooms”.
Go Beyond Taj:
There are some excellent walking tours and experiences to do in Agra which gives you the chance to go offbeat in Agra.
- Agra Culture Trail – Heritage Walk in the Old Agra with a visit to an Indian home.
- Agra Spiritual Walk – In search of God and Red Taj Mahal
- Agra Village Walking Tour – Explore the countryside and see the real India beyond the luxury of hotels.
- Yoga By Taj – Personalized Yoga session overlooking Taj Mahal
Did we miss out anything worth trying in Agra? Let us know your experiences and reviews of the places mentioned above.