9 Best Agra Walking Tours For You To Explore Agra City 5

27th Jan 20
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Harshal, Indian Travel Blogger
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How would you like to stroll casually onto the streets that are lined with monuments of a bygone era? How happy would you be? If you get the opportunity to briskly saunter amidst the aroma of countless mouthwatering delicacies?

Walking among a crowded street but your eyes focus on vibrant and colorful shops all around. Wouldn’t that be a great feeling?

Here we are to truly give you the experiences we mentioned above by telling you about the elegant walks of the city of Taj - Agra. The city that hosts one of the seven wonders in the world known as the Taj Mahal. Agra is the epitome of relishing Gastronomy, Mughal history and a limitless heritage carried through generations. We have made sure to give you rightful glimpses of some of the most magnificent walking tours in one of the most fascinating cities in India.

Here are 9 ways to explore Agra by walking tours:

1. Heritage of Agra Walking Tour

Spice Market Heritage Agra Walking Tour

  • What is the best thing to explore in the city that is surrounded by the bustling elements of its metropolis? The answer is its heritage. And without any inch of doubt, there are fewer places around that possess heritage as intriguing as Agra’s. Step out of the comforts of your hotel and stand face to face with the valiant facade of Agra Fort.

  • Watch the first glimpses of the city’s cultural heritage. You walk among the blend of people of different communities and religious backgrounds. Walkthrough the aromatic spice markets which are 500-years old while you catch glimpses of the majestic and aesthetic Jama Masjid.

  • Visit 200-year old sweet shop with a wide array of mouthwatering sweets made traditionally since earlier times. Chew on a flavourful paan (betel leaves) as you pass the loud salesmen of iconic bridal attire shops and stalls. A magnificent view of the Taj Mahal is there to cape it all. But, the incredible heritage of this city truly lies within its heartwarming people.

  • Location - Heritage walks of Agra city start from the iconic Agra fort army gate and concludes near the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Accessibility - All heritage places in Agra can be accessed through the Agra Fort Railway Station in Rawatpura

  • Catch - While walking through these places you may very well collect fine souvenirs to take back home. These colorful sights are highly photogenic. Therefore, it is recommendable to carry a camera and click as many pictures to capture your memories. These day trips will help you explore Agra's rich heritage.

  • Duration expectation - 3 hours

  • Cost - This tour will range from USD 50 to USD 150. It depends on the day slot, and type of tour guide you choose. You can choose between public tours and private tours.

  • What to expect - Explore sights such as Jama Masjid, Chimman Lal Poori Wala, Rawatpara Spice market, Mankameshwar Mandir and much more

2. Food of Agra Walking Tour

Jalebi Street Food Agra Walking Tour

  • The city of Agra offers a gigantic platter full of tantalizing delicacies that makes it nothing less than a food paradise.

  • It can either be the iconic trademark sweet of Agra, the Petha or the Indian version of chicken roll called Shwarma. The gourmand streets of this city cater to the taste buds of millions of people every day. The streets of Kinaari Bazaar and the Raja Mandi Bazaar offer some of the best street delicacies. These foods include Parathas, Bhalles, Mughlai, Tandoori chicken and much more.

  • Take a bite of the hot and crispy Jalebis dipped lavishly in hot sugar syrup. For vegetarians, the legendary and succulent Paneer tikka is the finest choice of the streets of Agra. From panipuris to Aloo Tikki, from Dalmoth to Papdi chaat, take your tastebuds for one hell of a flavourful ride.

  • Location - Street food is available across all the areas of Agra. The most prominent places are Pratap Pura, Kinari Bazaar, Raja Mandi Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar, MG road.

  • Accessibility - You can reach these areas through the railway, or by hiring a cab. After reaching these places you can either walk or explore via rickshaw ride.

  • Catch - It is important to note that even though these are street food places the conditions of hygiene must be kept in mind. It is advisable to avoid too much street food to prevent dysentery. These sightseeing tours will help you explore Agra's street food.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - It ranges from USD 50 to USD 100, depends on the day slot, and type of tour guide you choose. You can choose between public tours and private tours.

  • What to expect - Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes such as Petha, Jalebi, Tandoori Chicken, Bhalle, Pani puri, Papdi chaat, and Mughlai.

3. Mughal Architecture of Agra Walking Tour

Taj Mahal Mughal Architecture Agra Walking Tour

  • When Mughals first invaded the Indian subcontinent, no one they would bring along marvelous architectural techniques. Not only did they left notable marks in the history books but also the finest examples of ancient architecture.

  • Agra was once the capital of the Mughal empire. Hence, it is home to numerous intricately designed and awe-inspiring monuments that elevate the beauty of everything around them.

  • The crown jewel in this vast list of Mughal structures is none other than the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan’s magnificent dream and gift to his deceased consort, Taj Mahal stands as the epitome of eternal love. It is completely made of white marble.

  • The Mughals never treated forts as only defense structures. They built their architecture portraying paradise on earth. Forts, palaces and cenotaphs are remnants of incredible Mughal architecture. The Agra fort stands firmly to this idea. Its red sandstone walls and notable gates would take you back in time. Its unique architecture makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The elegant Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah and the Tomb of Emperor Akbar are other examples.

  • The abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri is another region near Agra that mirrors the architectural grandeur of the City of Taj. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You get to see the scriptures, designs, and brilliance of these structures along with all the tales and stories beyond them.

  • Location - These Mughal architectural structures are present all across Agra.

  • Accessibility - They are accessible all across Agra through rail or by hiring a cab.

  • Catch - These various monuments belong to different eras and reigns of different Mughal emperors. They are majorly made of marble and red sandstone. Entry time and fees vary accordingly. These sites are highly photogenic and so it is recommendable to carry a camera and click as many pictures to capture your memories. These sightseeing tours will help you explore Agra's Mughal architecture.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - It ranges from USD 50 to USD 100, depends on the day slot, and type of tour guide you choose. You can choose between public tours and private tours.

  • What to expect - Explore the Mughal architectural monuments such as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Baby Taj. Monuments of Fatehpur Sikri such as Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza and Panch Mahal

4. Poetry Heritage Walk of Agra

Urdu Poetry Heritage Walk Agra Walking Tour

  • If words are not enough to describe the beauty and mysticism of Agra city then why not lose yourself in the enigmatic muses of poetry. Apart from the Taj Mahal, Agra is famous for its huge plethora of poetic verses.

  • Agra has been home to many more literary legends of Urdu and Hindi and therefore deserves your valuable attention. These include Maikash Akabarabadi, Ghalib, and Mir Taqi Mir. Starting from Jama Masjid, you may visit the birthplaces of several poets of the earlier times. Envelope yourself in the realms of literary delight and gratification.

  • The landmarks once graced by the presence of personalities like Rahim and Faiz Ali Shah Niyazi are still in place in the form of tombs. Much of the immersive poetic experience can be found at the iconic Kala Mahal. A significant part of the diverse culture of Agra, these verses are bound to give you a soul-shattering experience.

  • Location - Located near the Jama Masjid and the Kala Mahal in the vicinity of the tomb of Maikash Akabarabadi.

  • Accessibility - They are accessible all across Agra through rail or by hiring a cab.

  • Catch - Explore the old Urdu poetic verses present since the olden times, through various poets.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - It ranges from USD 50 to USD 100, depends on the day slot, and type of tour guide you choose. You can choose between public tours and private tours.

  • What to expect - Read and rediscover poetries of Ghalib, Rahim, Meer and much more. Immerse yourself in this incredible poetic experience.

5. Temples of Agra Walking Tour

Guru Ka Tal Agra Walking Tour

  • If the sightseeing gets a bit overwhelming for you then proceed to visit the incredible temples and religious places in Agra. The city is home to some well known Hindu temples which are major tourist attractions.

  • The Mankameshwar temple adds to the glory of Agra which is already graced with countless monuments. It is the most ancient temple in the city and is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva. Its temple complex has small temples dedicated to deities like Goddess Ganga, Saraswati, Gayatri, Hanuman, Narasimha, Krishna, Rama.

  • Another one of the prominent Hindu temples in Agra is the Balkeshwar Mandir. Also dedicated to Lord Shiva, it lies on the banks of the Yamuna river near the Bageshwarnath Temple. A Sikh pilgrimage built in the memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. Guru ka Tal stands in the region of Sikandra in the vicinity of the Tomb of Akbar.

  • The Samadh Soamiji Maharaj in Soami Bagh is another exuberant landmark to enchant your senses. All these religious places make quite a getaway from the Mughal sites existing predominantly in Agra.

  • Location - Mankameshwar Temple is located near the Agra Fort. While the Balkeshwar Temple is located near Brij Vihar on the banks of the river Yamuna. Guru ka tal is located near the Tomb of Akbar.

  • Accessibility - All these religious places can be reached through the railway or by hiring a cab.

  • Catch - Explore the completely contrasting religious landscapes that are part of the culture of Agra as compared to Islamic architecture. These day trips will help you explore Agra's religious monuments.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - It ranges from USD 50 to USD 100, depends on the day slot, and type of tour guide you choose. You can choose between public tours and private tours.

  • What to expect - Visit Mankameshmar Temple, Balkeshwar Temple, Bageshwarnath Temple, Guru Ka Tal, and Samadh Soamiji Maharaj.

6. Taj Nature Walk Tour in Agra

Taj Nature Agra Walking Tour

  • How would an imminent palace look like while standing in a deserted and barren land? Not so charming right? This thought compelled the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who decided to build the Taj Mahal amidst a lush and bountiful grassland. Get an opportunity to stroll through this exceptional and rejuvenating green belt during your Taj Nature Walk.

  • Spread across an area of 180 hectares, this green retreat lies near the Yamuna river. It possesses a long list of diverse flora and fauna. You can spot birds, colorful insects, butterflies, and other small species roaming around this area.

  • A short trail will lead you to the Taj Mahal from here. On the way, you may come across various mounds and platforms that offer breathtaking views of the iconic symbol of love.

  • This region usually draws a large number of bird watchers and lovers. Various species of birds such as peacocks, bulbuls, paradise flycatchers, Indian flame woodpeckers, ringed doves, pigeons, parakeets, are in abundance. The best time to visit this place would be during the spring season between the months of October and April. A truly awe-inspiring experience, it is one of the lesser-known and less-explored attractions of the city.

  • Location - Located near the Yamuna river, it stretches around the Taj Mahal in Paktola, Tajganj.

  • Accessibility - After reaching Agra Cantonment Railway Station, you can hire cabs to reach the Taj Mahal. The Tajganj region also gives access to Taj Nature Walk.

  • Catch - The entry fee is 100 rupees for foreigners. It is a highly photogenic region so make sure you bring your camera. Also, you may carry binoculars for bird watching.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - It ranges from USD 50 to USD 100, depends on the day slot, and type of tour guide you choose. You can choose between public tours and private tours.

  • What to expect - Diverse and rich flora and fauna. Come across various types of birds and animals with the backdrop of the Taj Mahal.

7. Markets of Agra Walking Tour

Agra Shopping Market Agra Walking Tour

  • A Fistful of memories of Agra would get even better with a truckload of souvenirs. The elegant and loud bazaars of Agra have something for everyone. From handicrafts to dresses, from spices to jewelry, the magnitude of products is enchanting.

  • The famous Sadar Bazaar near the Agra Cantonment Railway Station offers handicrafts, sweets, garments, and leather bags. Its specialty is fascinating leather products. If you are fond of silk sarees then head near the Jama Masjid to the popular Subhash Bazaar. Here put your bargaining skills for a test.

  • Head to either the Kinari Bazaar or the Raja Ki Mandi for some window shopping. You will witness dozens and dozens of people buying garments, sweets, jewelry, ladies items, household items, religious items and much more. Specific marketplaces are famous in Agra such as if you are looking for shoes then head to Hing Ki Mandi.

  • If you are looking for mobile phones then step across the Shah Market. Fresh vegetables are available at the Shah Ganj Market. Other prominent shopping places across Agra include Shiplagram, TDI Mall and Agra Marble Shoppy. The blend of so many marketplaces in just one city is quite astonishing in itself.

  • Location - All these marketplaces are located all over the city.

  • Accessibility - The bazaars can be reached by the help of rail or by hiring a cab. To shop through the narrow lanes it is important to explore the bazaars by walking.

  • Catch - All international cards are accepted at these marketplaces. Never give up on negotiating as you may get a good deal for yourself. These day trips will help you explore Agra's marketplaces. You could book a tour guide to show you the best shops around.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - It ranges from USD 50 to USD 100, depends on what you buy and the quantity of your purchase. You can choose between public tours and private tours.

  • What to expect - Check out various materials such as garments, sweets, electronics, leather goods, and much more in these bazaars.

8. Gardens of Agra Walking Tour

Gardens of Agra Walking Tour

  • All the cities in India would not have as much of green retreat altogether if compared with Agra. Home to numerous lush and sprawling gardens, Agra still baffles tourists with its sheer excellence of gardens amidst the bustling metropolis. Half of these gardens are part of the Mughal garden tombs while the rest are part of the palaces or cenotaphs.

  • You stroll amidst the mesmerizing of the ambiance of Mehtabh Bagh. This garden stands on the opposite side of Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Offering a completely aesthetic experience, it has incredible walkways, pavilions, pools, fountains and much more.

  • You later visit another one of the incredible Mughal Gardens known as Ram Bagh. Also known as the Garden of Relaxation it was built by Babur as a getaway from his emperor duties.

  • While praising these paradise gardens, let's not forget the elegance of Shah Jahan Bagh. Built by emperor Shah Jahan with greenery so enchanting, you would love to spend your evenings right here. The Dayal Bagh Gardens, Aalsi Bagh, Taj Mahal Garden, and the Paliwal Park are other must-see green gems of Agra.

  • Location - All these gardens are located all over the city, especially as a part of the numerous monument complexes of Agra.

  • Accessibility - The gardens can be reached by the help of rail or by hiring a cab. Many of them can be accessed along with their respective adjoining monuments.

  • Catch - Entry into the gardens is prohibited during nighttime. You can enjoy the blend of scenic views of both the gardens and the monuments altogether. These places are highly photogenic. It is recommendable to carry a camera to capture your memories.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - It ranges from USD 50 to USD 100, depends on where you go and at what time. You can choose between public tours and private tours. You could also opt for a tour guide to show you around.

  • What to expect - Refreshing, rejuvenating and awe-inspiring gardens that follow Persian belief of ‘Paradise on Earth’.

9. Fairs and Festivals of Agra

Taj Mahotsav Agra Walking Tour

  • Monuments, Bazaars, Food, and Gardens. A power-packed package of the heritage of Agra city still has its last card to play - Fairs and festivals. The city exemplifies its incredible culture by hosting numerous fairs throughout the year that are capable to draw millions of tourists.

  • The most iconic of them all is the Taj Mahotsav. To promote the fading local art forms, the government organizes this festival each year. From children to elderlies, everyone has the time of their lives during this multi-cultural showcase. Poetry, dance, pottery and other crafts and the thrilling elephant-camel rides are part of this great festival.

  • Ram Barat fair is another one of the prominent festivals organized in Agra. It celebrates the wedding of Hindu deity Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. It involves a grand procession upon a chariot with grand decorations that will mesmerize your senses.

  • During the monsoon season, to worship Lord Shiva, the Shaiva community celebrated the Kailash festival. Similarly, the great Bateshwar festival is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. A long list of spectacles throughout the year, these festivals are bound to baffle you at all costs with their beauty.

  • Location - The Taj Mahotsav is always organized near the Taj Mahal. The rest of the festivals are celebrated on a public scale all across the city.

  • Accessibility - All these festivals can be reached through railway or by hiring a cab.

  • Catch - Immerse yourself in the aesthetic and stupendous experiences of the major festivals of Agra. Some of the festivals charge varying fees from different activities or entry. These places are highly photogenic. It is recommendable to carry a camera and click as many pictures to capture your memories.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - It ranges from USD 50 to USD 100, depends on what you buy and or choose to see. You can choose between public tours and private tours. You could also book for a tour guide to help you.

  • What to expect - Local crafts and folk art performances, souvenirs of handicrafts and antiques.

There you have it! From Taj Mahal to Mehtabh Bagh, we have should you an incredible list of magnificent walking tours of Agra city. To explore Agra and get acquainted with its beauty, click on the button below

So, there you have a list of ways to explore the city of Agra as a whole and have some incredible memories to take back home.

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