Agra has more to it than the Taj Mahal, even though the Taj is as grand and majestic as you might imagine. Make sure to take advantage of all Agra has to offer!
Agra, India– well recognized for the location for the Taj Mahal, which is an internationally recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, this city has a lot to offer outside of this iconic piece of Mughal architecture. Here is a list of places to see, eat, drink, shop at, and stay!
Taj Mahal – a grand love story
Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Even though Agra has more to offer than the Taj Mahal, it naturally still had to be included on the list of things to see. The famous ivory-white marble Islamic mausoleum is located at the South Bank of the Yamuna River. The building was commissioned in 1632 by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jaha, who wanted to build it as a tomb for one of his wives. The Taj Mahal now also acts as the tomb for Shah Jahan himself. Some tips before visiting the Taj Mahal: Don’t bring headphones, food or tripods as they will be confiscated during bag check, also refrain from using a guide as many locals pose as them without being certified.
Agra Fort – extraordinary red sandstone
Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003, India
Another great site is the Agra Fort – this historic fort is located in the center and was the main residence for the emperors of the Mughal dynasty up to 1638 (which was when India’s capital moved from Agra to Delhi). The Fort is open from sunrise to sunset all days of the week. The Mughal architecture and red tinge of the building make it an iconic piece of Indian architecture. Make sure to check out the Hall of Public Audience as well as the Delhi Gate, the most popular of the four gates at the Agra Fort.
Pinch of Spice – fabulous view
Sanjay Palace, Wazirpura, Sanjay Place, Civil Lines Agra, Uttar Pradesh, 282002, India
A Pinch of Spice is a great option for those looking for a more luxury experience- perfect for a chic night out with great food! It is known as one of the top Indian restaurants in Agra due to both its fine dining ambiance and rich Indian food. The restaurant itself has three floors and overlooks the Taj, allowing for a beautiful view. Make sure to try the chicken tikka and tandoori kebabs if you stop by!
Dasaprakash – best vegetarian
Dasaprakash focuses on South Indian vegetarian dishes, with a specialty in ice cream. Don’t miss the restaurant’s thali – a Southeast Asian round platter with a variety of dishes (or Indian tapas). The prices might be on the higher side compared to most restaurants in the area, but the interior is clean and its South Indian flavors here truly hit the spot.
Glassy – rooftop lounge bar
4th Floor, Howard Plaza – The Fern, Fatehabad Rd, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Glassy is THE drink spot in Agra. The chic and modern atmosphere coupled with the drink variety makes Glassy the perfect spot for a wild night out. Glassy also has an extensive list of foods that will leave you wanting more, from their pizzas to kebab platters, there is enough for the whole group to share. Glassy is the place to be for drinks, food, music, and a general good time.
Maikhana – luscious cocktails
Taj Ganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
This bar and lounge is located in the ITC Hotel in Agra, offering a selection of beverages and finger foods. This leisurely lounge is the prime spot for a calm evening with a variety of alcoholic drinks. Make sure to give their ‘The Great Mughal Martini’ and ‘Lust Cocktail Murian Sour’ a try- and if alcohol isn’t what you are feeling, they also serve a selection of coffees and teas. Perfect for every taste!
Sadar Bazaar – traditional market
Agra Cantt, Idgah Colony, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Notably one of the most popular shopping places in Agra, the traditional market sells all sorts of items, from fabrics and souvenirs to authentic Indian clothing pieces. The bazaar is also well known for its handicrafts and leather items. If you are looking for relatively high quality goods and the ability to bargain, head over to this iconic bazaar, which is also littered with eateries- perfect for a day of shopping.
JK Cottage Industry – handcrafted marbles
JK Cottage Industry Republic of India, MDR 113W, Agra Cantt, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
If bazaar shopping isn’t your thing and you prefer your souvenirs to be a little more particular to Agra, then J.K. Cottage Industries might have what you are looking for. Agra is famous for its marble structures, which make marble items the perfect souvenir or memory from your visit to the city. J.K. Cottage Industries sells ornate items and slabs of marble, which are beautifully handcrafted and make for a fun and educational trip even if you aren’t looking to bring marble back home.
The Oberoi Amarvilas – luxurious 5 stars
Taj East Gate Rd, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Oberoi is the ultimate luxury hotel in Agra. The 5-Star hotel and resort offers breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal with beautifully designed suites, renowned restaurants, a spa, and an unforgettable experience. If that isn’t enough to make you want to stay there, check out the photos. You can’t go wrong if you stay at The Oberoi!
ITC Mughal – spa resort
Itc Mughal, Fatehabad Rd, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The ITC Mughal, which you may recognize from the drink spot earlier, is another beautiful hotel option in the great city of Agra. The Spa Resort is located by the Taj Mahal and offers 24 acres of gardens as well as 233 rooms and suites. The breathtaking resort won an award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture.
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