The Lesser Known Agra with a Greeter
Agra, the former capital of Hindustan, is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra or Akbar’s tomb, Itmad-ud-Daulah and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is also included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur.
- Take a stroll with our local greeter inside little known bazaars of the city, food stalls and shops where the old ways of life continue uninterrupted.
- Experience the splendor of Mughal architecture with a visit to the monuments the city is famous for. Our greeters are well-versed with the city and its rich heritage, allowing you to gain an insight into the real Agra.
- Visit the places of historical and cultural importance like the birthplace of famous poet, Mirza Ghalib and the library of Dara Shikoh.
- Feel the pulse of the market in the hustle bustle of Johri Bazar and explore the way of living of the locals.
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Arriving in Agra one might think of this city as very busy, dirty and disorganized. But after meeting up with Amit and letting him show us around the old part of Agra, we were fascinated by the city and its friendly people and beautiful buildings. Amit seems to know everyone in this city, and we tasted different kinds of food and saw places you would not see on your own. Also, Amit is a clever and funny conversation partner. Recommended if you plan a trip to Agra!
Agra, to most travellers, is about the Taj Mahal. And to the more adventurous, or those with more time on their hands, it is also about the lesser monuments like Agra Fort and Itimad Ud Daula. But on this tour, I came to discover the rich multicultural history of Agra, starting with Dara Shikoh’s library from the mid 17th century. This red sandstone building used to be a centre for scholarship and studies during Shah Jahan’s time, under the patronage of Aurangzeb’s brother.
We then went on to wander through the old markets of Agra and had a pitstop at Jami Masjid. I really enjoyed the fact that I was able to interact with locals and find some great photo ops. We stopped to admire old, exquisite buildings all along the way, with interesting inputs from Amit.
Amit then took us to a small eatery for a brunch of the Agra special bhedei aloo and jalebi, before dropping us back to the hotel. In all, it was a great morning, with an experience of Agra that my husband and I will cherish. Although I knew in a vague manner that there was a thriving old part of the city, I would have never been able to discover it on my own. So I am thankful to Padhaaro for helping me discover this.
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