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7 Things to Do In Agra Beyond Visiting The Taj Mahal

Agra makes for a great weekend getaway and that's for more reasons than the Taj

Things to do in Agra

As soon as someone mentions Agra, of course all attention goes to the Taj Mahal, the pride of Mughal architecture. Listed among the top landmarks in the world, it draws millions and millions of visitors who are indefinitely left awestruck by the sheer beauty of the majestic monument, and the tale of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. When visiting Agra for the first time, the number one thing to do is of course take a tour of the Taj Mahal. But if you thought that's all that the historical city has in store for you then you are highly mistaken. Agra makes for a great weekend getaway and that's for more reasons than the Taj.

Here's a list of interesting things to do while in Agra:

1. Mehtab Bagh

Yes, it's a garden but visiting it is worthwhile to get a spectacular view of the Taj Mahal from the opposite side of the bank. The restored Mughal garden complex may not be as grand as it would have been back in time, but it still does hold a charm. Head there to catch the sunset or during full moon nights.

(Also read: 7 Things You Should Do While You Are In Lucknow)

 

View of the Taj from Mehtab Bagh(Moon Garden) across the river Yamuna. The garden was laid out originally between 1631-1635 AD. The name’s derived from the fact that it’s beautiful to view the Taj from here in moonlight- though public viewing nowadays is restricted only until sunset. #tajmahal #Mehtabbagh #wahtaj #agra #mughalhistory #india

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2. Agra Fort

The UNESCO World Heritage site is popular too, drawing in tourists throughout the year. The historical fort, which is made of red sandstone, was the place of residence for the Mughal emperors when their capital was Agra. Emperor Shah Jahan had revamped certain parts of the fort with white marble, particularly a balcony that overlooks the Taj Mahal. The architecture is noteworthy, with an interesting mix of Hindu and Mughal styles.

 

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3. Meal with a view of the Taj Mahal

Who wouldn't want to enjoy a meal overlooking the Taj Mahal? While The Oberoi Amarvilas makes for a great option for a luxurious meal with a view, there are several other rooftop cafes that won't burn a hole in your pocket. You need to head to an area known as Taj Ganj. A popular restaurant there is Saniya Palace with undoubtedly the best view.

 

Great way to end my last day in India. Little writing, a yummy lassi and a great view of the Taj. #tajmahal #saniyapalace #feelings #lassigameonpoint

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4. Buy leather goods at Sadar Bazaar

If you like leather products then you must head to Sadar Bazaar where you can shop bags, shoes, belts, laptop bags and other amazing products. The prices are cheap but the designs are nothing short of trendy.

 

Finally i arrived here THE SADAR BAZAAR , AGRA .... It’s like the main bazaar of Agra where you can find each and everything which is available in an ordinary market at reasonable and affordable prices !! The beauty of sadar is ..its a typical street full of tourists , food, bags hanging here and there , jewellery, different types of footwear, grocery, everything!! It was an amazing experience . AGRA . . . . #sadarbazaar #agra #foodlove #agrachathouse #footwear #bags #bangles #sandals #taj #tourists #uttarpradesh #streetsofagra #streetfood #beggers #kids #footwear #travelling #passion #adventure#snapshot #snapchatt #delhi #UP #foodislife #footwearfashion#icecream #bagsforsale #balloons #sadarbazaar @sadarbazaar

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5. Go nuts shopping at Kinari Bazaar

Kinari Bazaar is a paradise for wedding shoppers as well as those interested in fashion designing. You can get your hands on exquisite embroidery, zardosi work, stone work, laces, borders and even junk jewellery at dirt cheap prices.

 

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6. Explore Mughlai cuisine, street food and Agra petha

For food lovers, the city has much to offer. You will probably not find such delicious Mughlai food anywhere else in India. Head to Taj Ganj and indulge in boti kebabs, pasanda, korma, biryani and other delectable treats. For street food, the place to be is chaat gali in Sadar Bazaar, where some of the famous shops incude Shri Agrawal Chat House and Agra Chat Bhandar. For breakfast, you must try bedai and jalebi. Bedai refers to fluffy breads, quite similar to kachoris, that's served with a spicy subzi with a dollop of curd. And before you leave, make sure to eat and pack the famous Agra petha, a translucent white candy made from ash gourd. You can find it the legendary shop - Panchhi Petha Store, or head to Rawatpara, which is also known for its spice market.

7. Heritage tours

To experience Agra beyond the Taj, there are many heritage tours you can sign up that will let you explore Mughal-era monuments (Itmad-ud-Daula tomb) and the old city, the rich food culture and the nearby villages. You can even sign up for cooking classes with Agra Magic.

Make the most of your trip to Agra, from sightseeing to shopping and feasting.

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