It is a universally acknowledged fact that Agra is known for the majestic Taj Mahal. However, you should not limit yourself to the grand mausoleum when you visit the city next time. Plenty of other places and activities in Agra can be a wholly unique and memorable experience for you. So, here is a look at five offbeat things to do in Agra.
Visit Baby Taj
Officially known as the Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah, this mausoleum was commissioned by Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir, for her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Due to its design and structure, it is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. Many of Nur Jahan's other relatives are also buried in the mausoleum.
Head to Mehtab Bagh during sunset
This park offers an outstanding view of the Taj Mahal, especially at sunset, making it the perfect spot to click that Insta-worthy picture. In addition, the reflection of the grand mausoleum on the waters of Yamuna during full moon nights is a sight you will remember for the rest of your life.
Go on a 'Petha' trail
It won't be an exaggeration to say that Petha (bite-sized pieces of sweetened ash gourd) is one of the most famous sweets of Agra. You can try more than 50 varieties of Petha in the city, including those flavoured with grape, saffron, pineapple, strawberry, and betel. One of the most popular shops in the city for Pethas is the Panchhi Petha, which has many outlets in the city.
Take a boat ride on the river Yamuna
Catch a different view of the Taj Mahal from the Yamuna River. If you like photography, light falls perfectly on the mausoleum between 8 am and -10 am. On a clear sky day, you are likely to catch a perfect reflection of the Taj complex in the water.
Shop at the Kinari Bazar
This busy, old-world market near the Jama Masjid is home to a traditional handicrafts, jewellery, street food, spices, and fabrics.