Shopping in Agra:
Apart from being a city of history, monumental wonders and mouth watering Mughal cuisines, Agra is a city that will not disappoint if you are fond of shopping. From textiles to jewellery, from marble works to handicrafts, this city has something for everyone who is mad about shopping in Agra. So if you are here, it is recommended that you do take an extra bag to fill it with the best you can get from any shop. Below are listed some of the most popular places and things one can shop at Agra.
Shopping Places of Agra:
Shopping in Sadar Bazaar of Agra: This place is probably the most popular of places to shop at Agra. It is close to Agra Cantt Railway Station. It is convenient for tourists since it is in close proximity from the Taj and Agra Fort and also to the residential place at Mall Road. However, it is important to note that the shopping complex is closed on Tuesdays. Innumerable number of tourists comes here all round the year to shop some of the best known products that Agra is known for. Although just about everything is on sale here, leather products and handicrafts are most recommended. The place is opened from morning to as late as 11:00 PM in the night, but the busiest time s during the evenings. This place can also offer some of the finest of Agra eateries that one can indulge into. Some can also be taken back home such as Dalmoth, if you are looking for something spicy or Petha, a special kind of sweet that is associated particularly with this city.
Visit to Kinari Bazaar of Agra: This shopping place is popular and reputed among all tourists and locals alike for the availability of some of the finest jewellery in town. It is located in the north west of Agra Fort. Bridal wear for all religious marriage ceremonies, starting from the popular sherwanis to bridal veils, cholis and lehangas, give colour to this shopping place. Bridal jewelleries, starting from silver garlands and crafted gold make it a shopper's paradise for those obsessed about bridal wear and jewellery. The bazaar is closed on Sundays but opened on all other days from morning 11:00 AM to evening at around 06:00 PM, and is a great place to shop, especially if your are fond of jewellery or planning for a marriage.
Other Shopping places of Agra: Some of the other shopping places of Agra apart from the popular Sadar Bazar and Kinari Bazar, include the Taj Ganj area and Munro Road which offer some of the best handicrafts and marble work that one can purchase to take back home.
Agra's Notable items:
Some of the items which are a must or as to what a visitor or Tourist should look to bring back home from this city of the famous Taj, includes Persian Carpets, antiques of marble inlay work, leather goods, brass ware, other handicraft items, jewellery, traditional clothing and footwear and marble souvenirs, precious and semi precious stones. In regards to this, mention must be made of Shilpgram, a crafts village which is also an open air emporium, where you are sure to fall in love with the stocked handicrafts.
Do's and Don'ts while Shopping in Agra:
While out shopping at Agra, it is important to keep in mind certain Do's and Don'ts.
Prepare to explore options:
It is advisable that you do not get stuck into one particular shop and explore the neighbouring shops since there is always a larger possibility that you will get the same item at some other place and not just the shop you have been to.
One should always prepare himself to bargain hard and walk away if not satisfied with the price on offer, since it is highly possible to get the same at a better rate than the one you are at.
Awareness while shopping in Agra:
Agra being such a popular Tourist destination is always a place that attracts frauds and people making false promises. While out shopping it is important that you are aware of an average price that may be charged for a particular item, so as to understand when the cost quoted for the item is not highly over priced. Also, do not get stuck at a Shop where someone has led you to with the encouragement of getting you the best. This would mean that as a customer, you would limit your options. Many Shop owners may also claim to be selling original item pieces, especially Precious and Semi precious stones. It is important that you inspect your item carefully before spending your penny.