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14 More Awesome Things To Do In Agra Besides Taj Mahal

Are you planning a trip to Agra? Or, you are already in Agra searching for more things to do. If yes, then you should definitely read this post.

We all know that Agra is famous for the Taj Mahal, right?

But, do you know the other things to do in Agra besides the Taj Mahal, that can make your Agra trip incredibly awesome.

If you are still curious to know about the things to do other than the Taj Mahal then, this is the perfect post to read right now.

This is the one and the only post you need to read in order to get a quick understanding of the various awesome things to do in Agra besides the Taj Mahal.

So, without any ado let’s connect the information…

14 More Awesome Things To Do In Agra Besides Taj Mahal. Check these out:

#1. Go for Agra walking tour

Walkthrough the lanes of Agra city and discover the most picturesque and get the experience of all the secrets this city holds up.

The old lanes of the city, the Mughal monuments, the shops and the markets, all spread the charm of the historic Mughal era. You can only feel that if you go for a walking tour in Agra.

You can see that the majority of the people talk about the Taj Mahal in Agra. But, the fact is that Agra is not just for the Taj Mahal. But, it is an enthusiast place that would put you in awe.

This place has a great amount of Mughal shreds of evidence to see. Agra was the capital of the great Akbar. Thus, there are a lot of architectural marvels to enjoy here that are related to the Persian style.

Apart from the Taj Mahal, you can find tombs of various kinds, religious places, Yamuna River, and other water-related activities in the river.

While on a walking tour, you can discover the most antique and, most unique places in the city.

You will see Kinnari Bazaar, Old Railway Station, old temples, street shops, vegetable market, local huts, and altogether you will know more about the culture of the city.

One thing for sure, if you go for the Agra walking tour you will experience a lot about the city and it shall be really informative and interesting to see the other side of Agra.

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#2. Visit the Taj Mahal sunset view point

People love to visit the Taj Mahal’s secret sunset point. Why? Because it’s the very best place where you can get the very best view of the Taj Mahal in the backdrop of the glitteringly setting sun.

This visit will guarantee fantastic photos of the Taj Mahal, along with many unobstructed views avoiding the crowds.

You will see the monument at its most magical scene and surrounding when the sun sets along with the view of the nearby Yamuna river that glitters the rays of the setting sun.

That’s surely a picture-perfect moment. And, many tourists love that sight and moment of the watch time.

In order to get to this place, you need to enter through the Taj East Gate and later pass through the Dashehara Ghat Road. Later you will find a dirt route that will take you to the Secret Sunset Point located on the banks of the river Yamuna.

Once you reach there, you can also get down to the departure point for a boat ride if you wish.

There’s actually a 30-minute boat ride behind the Taj Mahal that will commence on Yamuna River, where you can appreciate the magnificence and beauty of the iconic Taj Mahal.

You will also be able to capture the views of the magnificent Taj.

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#3. Go for a short cultural walk through the lanes of Old Agra

Go for Agra’s heritage walking tours and perform short cultural walks through the lanes of old Agra.

During this type of tour activity, you get to see a lot outside of the major tourist areas and immerse yourself in local Agra culture. Walking through the lanes of the old city you will understand how life used to be during the old Mughal times.

Once you get bored looking at the Persian style of Mughal monuments, you can try your views starting at the Agra Fort Railway Station known for its British colonial architecture, followed by a visit to the oldest temple in town, dedicated to Lord Shiva.

You will explore the old streets and lanes and shops and a lot-lot more while passing through the lanes of the Old City.

From there you can tour off to the fragrant and photo-worthy spice market followed by a visit to the Jama Masjid, one of the most beautiful mosques in the city.

If you have already visited the Taj Mahal, now it’s time to explore what else Agra has to offer, from markets and street food in the old town to the local market streets.

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#4. Enjoy the Agra food tour and feel the taste

Tourists love to taste the different cuisines of Agra. They do love to taste the authentic best food of Agra and feast their taste buds.

This city has hidden so much awesome food that you can only discover if you ever walk through the old lanes of the city.

Agra is known for its ancient food culture, which is still alive and a visit to Agra is incomplete without trying its finger-licking food.

Want to experience the evening snacks or lunch, or of course, a full food tour you will have to cherish the food of Agra, feast your taste buds, and have a fabulous and lasting impression.

If you are a foodie and enjoy experiencing different kinds of food, then you should not miss the Agra food tour. Will love it a lot.

These are so many foods that you should definitely try if you ever visit Agra. These are Petha, Bhalla, Mughalai Tandoori Chicken, Paratha, Mughlai Paratha, Jalebi, Chicken Shawarma, and a lot more.

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#5. Take a tour to the Wildlife SOS Sanctuary

Take a trip to the Wildlife SOS Sanctuary and spend discovering the fantastic conservation works.

This place was established in the year 1995, and ever since it started protecting and conserving wildlife, maintaining quality habitats, and safeguarding the rich biodiversity near Agra.

A 4 to 7 hours trio is just enough to experience the best of this wildlife place. You will get to witness elephants and bears in this place.

The Elephant Zone and the Bear Zone are the two different areas within this Wildlife SOS Sanctuary. You can choose where to visit, the Elephant Zone, or the Bear Zone.

You’ll see beautiful animals and also learn about the various efforts that go into protecting India’s wildlife, forest, and national heritage.

This place is located on the Delhi-Agra highway inside the area of Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Keetam, Agra.

For entry, you can either book on-call or online or by reaching there at the booking counter.

This is not a zoo but, a rescue centre. This is a must-see for anyone who is environmentally conscious and, wants to see what it means to save endangered animals.

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#6. Stroll and relax in Mehtab Bagh, the “Moonlight Garden”

Mehtabh Bagh
Mehtabh Bagh g.kaustav / CC BY-SA

The very beautiful Mehtab Bagh is the last existing Mughal Gardens. It is located just north to the Taj Mahal and overlooking the Agra Fort and Yamuna river on the opposite side.

Spread across 25 acres of the land area this place is well-renowned for offering stunning views of the Taj Mahal.

This place is also known for its relaxing environment, taking a leisure walk, its elegant landscape design, and quiet ambiance serenity.

This place is mostly visited during the evening time. Many Agra city tours and multi-day tours include this place in their itinerary. You must defiantly visit this place once you have visited the Taj Mahal.

A 2-hour tour is just enough for this place. If you also want to enjoy the spectacular views of the Taj Mahal from a distance then simply take this tour of “Mehtab Bagh”.

This is the most relaxing place in Agra. There is a mystical sense of peace and majesty and overall quietness here in this place.

The best part of this garden park is that there’s a wall and a sitting area near the Yamuna riverbanks where people can sit and watch the sunset along with the beautiful views of the Taj Mahal.

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#7. Enjoy the Korai Village rural tourism

Korai Village can be considered the cultural hub of Agra. This is located off the Fatehpur Sikri Highway just 30 km away from the Agra city centre.

Visitors to Agra who want to experience the culture, color, traditions, and diversity of real India must take some time to visit this particular village. It has so much heritage to showcase to the modern world.

A tour to Korai Village is a quick escape from the modern lifestyle into an all-new world of escaping the tourist route and venture into old-world India as you will discover a lot of dirt roads of this picturesque village.

What you can do here? You will learn, explore, and discover a lot about the local lifestyle of the people, interact with the villagers, and gain an insider’s look at the rituals of daily life for dozens of families living here.

Not only you will learn about the daily life of a villager but, you will also discover and see various local and small scale hand-done industries like pottery making, poultry, and farm cultivation.

You can also visit a village school, and learn to cook the local cuisine. And, of course there’s so much more to do and discover in such a rural life.

You will be enchanted after seeing the life of the villagers. People here are so friendly and innocent-looking wearing traditional dresses.

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#8. Mughal heritage walk through Kachhpura Village

Humayun's mosque at Kachhpura village
Humayun’s mosque at Kachhpura village (Image Source)

Going for a heritage walk is the best thing to do while experiencing the village lifestyle while enjoying the pristine views of the Taj Mahal from a distance.

This village is located around the Taj Mahal and is only 10 km away from the Agra city centre. You will feel a lot of bygone village life here that is still thriving.

Simply doing this heritage walk you will get to visit a number of lesser-known monuments of the Mughal Era in a rural setting. You can even interact with the village communities and learn more about their culture and heritage of course.

This is the “Kachhpura Tourist village” which is situated on the other side of the Taj Mahal across the river Yamuna where you can witness a lot of Mughal history.

The main attractions of this location are the three significant Mughal Era monuments which are rich in architectural heritage- Gyarah Sidi, Humayun Mosque, and Mehtab Bagh nearby.

Moreover, you will witness the village experience, the warm hospitality of the villagers, their traditional art & crafts, their livelihood, and a lot-lot more.

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#9. Explore Fatehpur Sikri’s historic ruins

Fatehpur Sikri is an imperial fortress city that incorporated cultural elements from the entire Mughal empire.

This place very well-known amongst the tourists who have visited Agra.

Fatehpur Sikri used to be a former capital of the popular Mughal emperor Akbar and now is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This place is popular for its very beautiful sandstone structures which should not be missed.

Here, you will visit many important monuments, mosques, temples, palaces, etc. and explore this culturally and historically rich city.

The distance between Agra and Fatehpur Sikri is about 40 km somethings. You can easily take a bus from the Idgah Bus Terminal which can take you to Fatehpur Sikri is about an hour and a half.

Overall you will enjoy this place a lot. It’s recommended that you to get a guide not to miss out on a lot of descriptions regarding the area.

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#10. Shop for handicrafts and leather shoes at Sadar Bazaar

Sadar Bazaar is the one-stop shopping destination in Agra. It is one of the most famous shopping spots in Agra situated near the Agra Cantt Railway station.

Tourists love shopping, and this place has everything ranging from handicrafts, sweets, garments to leather bags all showcasing the vibes of the Agra city.

In addition to that, you also get to see some of the vegetable markets, delicious street foods, old and modern city heritage, etc.

Above all, this is a very well-known place to shop for handicrafts and various other leather products like shoes, bags, etc.

This is indeed the best destination If you want to buy ethnic clothing, footwear, and various other accessories. You need to visit this place if you love shopping.

If I have to express this place, then I must say, “You can get everything here. It’s a great bazaar with an excellent array of everything you never knew you needed!”

This market remains open from 11:30 AM to 6 PM, Tuesday closed.

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#11. Visit Jama Masjid

Jami Masjid, Agra
Jami Masjid, Agra Jonathan Freundlich / CC BY-SA

Jama Masjid in Agra is located just opposite to the Agra fort and overlooking the Agra Fort Railway Station.

This Jama Masjid is also popularly known as the Jami Masjid or “Friday Mosque”.

Do you know that it is one of the largest mosques in India. People often call this place the “Holy heart of Agra.”

The Jama Masjid is a 17th-century structure and is one of the largest mosques built by the Mughals in India. It was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1648.

This is one of the most beautiful Mughal monument that showcases the art of Persian architecture a lot.

The Jama Masjid has huge significance in Indian history and culture and has been intricately designed with various multi-colored marbles and sandstone.

The design of the Jama Masjid is just unique. It is built mainly of red sandstone and white marble that stand as a testimony to the magnificent Mughal architecture.

This place really deserves a mention and is worth a visit. Just note that shoes have to be removed before you enter the mosque and women will have to wear a long gown provided at the entrance.

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#12. Visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah, the Baby Taj

Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Agra, India
Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Agra, India

The tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah is often termed as the Baby Taj. It does represent the baby version of the Taj Mahal.

It is a Mughal mausoleum and in fact, it is the first tomb in India made entirely of marble.

It is the tomb of Mir Gheyas Beg (later known as Itimad-ud-daulah), who was a minister in the court of Shah Jahan.

This Mughal monument is often called ed as the Jewel Box of Agra. Why? Because, if you take a bird’s eye of Itimad-ud-daulah Tomb, it looks like a jewel box set in a garden.

Above everything else, the architecture of this place is just too awesome. The design of the tomb is influenced by the Persian style of architecture that can be seen in the various structures in Agra, even in the famous Taj Mahal.

It is not that far away from the major Taj and is definitely well worth a visit to see the architecture and beautiful use of stone and inlays in its construction.


#13. Visit Agra Fort, an epitome of the Mughal Dynasty

You can call the Agra Fort as the Red Fort of Agra. It was built using red sandstone by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the year 1573.

This is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You would regret it if you ever miss Agra Fort during your visit to Agra.

You can witness the spectacular views of the Taj Mahal from this fort. This 16th-century monument is yet another proof of the architectural brilliance of the Mughals.

The Agra Fort is situated near the gardens of the world famous Taj Mahal and is yet another very best example of the Mughal style fo architecture.

This is a very beautifully designed and crafted monument. The fortress comprises many palaces namely, Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Pearl Mosque, Naubat Khana, Golden Pavilions, and so on.

There are many audience halls and two mosques inside. The entire fortress is indeed a very popular symbol of Mughal’s grandeur and is definitely worth the visit.

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#14. Spend your evening enjoying the amazing Mohabbat The Taj show

One of the most beautifully inspiring and live performances to see in Agra is the “Mohabbat The Taj” show. It is conducted in the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center.

This is a grand cultural center with art exhibits and showcases live Bollywood-style shows about the Taj Mahal. The aim of the centre is to celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of Indian culture and heritage.

The Mohabbat The Taj show showcases a musical extravaganza that tells the story of the Taj Mahal, i.e with giving main importance to the love story of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.

See the live performance of the dance, music, and songs as you learn how the love between the Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal after Mumtaz’s death.

It will be a 3-hour ‘Mohabbat The Taj’ show in Agra. Just visit the centre and take a seat and feel free to dream yourself in the 16th-century era while watching the richly costumed actors and dancers depicting the love story.

This place is very beautiful. The stage and all the performances are really adorable to see.

The very best thing is that although the show is in Hindi, they can provide you with audio translators to 12 foreign languages.

So, don’t worry. Just visit the place and enjoy the show and you will love it a lot.

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