Agra, not only offers architectural delights but is also reputed as a shopper’s paradise. The city has a number of markets and shopping malls that offer the best of handcrafted items specially the replicas of Taj Mahal that match in every detail of the real building.
Agra is noted for its sweets and savories like petha and dal-moth. Agra is famous for its marble inlay work, leather goods, brasswares, finely worked precious and semi-precious stone jewelry and ornate zari embroidery.
Much of this is available around the Taj complex. The main shopping areas are the Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar and Munro Road.
State Emporia Gangotri (UP Govt.), Kairali (Kerala), Black Partridge (Haryana) and Kashmir Government Arts Emporium are all located at the Taj Mahal Shopping Arcade, Western Gate.
Agra is also well known for its sweets ‘petha’ and ‘Gazak’ and saltish snack ‘Dalmoth. The main shopping areas of the city are Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Raja-ki-Mandi, Sanjay Place and the Taj Mahal Complex.
Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself in zari embroidery work. Agra’s major handicraft products besides inlay work are : leatherware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.
Agra also offers a variety of leather items including footwear, purses, bags, and decorative items. You can also shop for sandal and rose wood items, brass and stone decorative, embroidered rugs, stone inlay work and floor carvings in the local Handicraft Emporium.
There are many shopping area across the city but the major areas include Taj Mahal complex, RawatPara, Kinari Bazaar, Johri Bazaar, Raja Mandi, Sadar Bazaar.
RawatPara: The best place to buy the famous Agra Petha & Dal Moth is Rawatpara. Most of the shops here are very old, some have been here since the Mughal period. Its is also very close to Johari Bazar & Kinari Bazar, which are the most popular shopping market for the locals & tourist alike.
Kinari Bazaar: The market has jewellery and garments shops. The silver and gold jewellery hub is at Choube Ji Ka Fatak.
Raja Mandi: The most crowded of all market places, Raja Mandi market offers its visitors almost everything he needs to shop on daily basis. From daily-use items to exotic ones you can anytime go for a super shopping spree and while shopping can stop by to have refreshments in the form of local snacks like Chaat and Lassi!
Sadar Bazaar: This market is frequented most by foreign tourists who come to explore Agra from different parts of the world. The market is very close to Agra Cantt. Railway Station and offers handicraft items, marble products and leather goods. The market usually stays crowded for the fact that people find lots of scope for bargaining.