Agra is primarily known for its monuments, forts, palaces and mausoleums, but, hidden behind these architectural wonders are the traditional shopping centres and bazaars. It is home to some of the finest handicraft and artefacts markets. The shopping scene in Agra is buzzing with markets, department stores, retail outlets and local bazaars.
Agra is home to many people like the artisans, jewellers, embroiders, carpet makers and weavers who come here to showcase their precious talent. Agra is one of the largest markets for embroidery and textiles. Most of the major shopping complexes are situated near the Taj Mahal, the most famous ones being Sadar Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar and Munro Road.
If you want to buy ethnic clothing, footwear and accessories, you need to head out to the Sadar Bazaar. The Kinari Bazaar is home to a wide choice of handicrafts, along with marble, glassware, rugs, leather and textiles. Apart from offering exquisite items, these bazaars are also reasonable providing umpteen opportunity to practice your bargaining skills. If shopping is on your mind, then Agra won't leave you disappointed!
There are numerous retail outlets in Agra that have a host of handicraft on sale. If you want to purchase souvenirs, you can head to the Handlooms and Marble Handicrafts Shops on MG Road. There are also many big showrooms and government-run handicraft shops that you can shop in.
When shopping in Agra, you just can't miss splurging on the marble crafts. You can buy miniature marble replica of Taj Mahal or the exquisite marble vases, ashtrays and ornamental boxes. The other thing Agra is famous for is leather, be it leather boots, belts, bags, slipper or jackets. Agra has markets where you can get some of the best deals on leather goods. Another must-buy item is the rugs and carpets. You can choose from a wide range of mats, rugs, wall hangings and carpets. You can buy carpets of any possible design.
Since most of the major markets are located in the vicinity of Taj Mahal, it is quite easy to reach them. The best way to enjoy the local market of Agra, is to hire an auto rickshaw from any part of the city to the Taj Mahal and then exploring these markets on foot.