Agra is a shopper's paradise. Agra as a place offers so much to discover and buy that even 'Shopcoholics' start puffing and panting. The city was the capital of the mighty Moguls for decades therefore it is but natural that the city has also developed as a major commercial center. The city has been home to the handicraft industry for centuries and that is why it has some very good items to offer. Though the city, populace and its crafts suffered considerably from the bloodbath of Partition, it staggered but learnt to stand again.
Agra is known for its fabulous marble-made handicrafts and soft stone
inlay work. The Mughal were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress
Noor Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself
in Zari embroidery work. Therefore there are some good Zari items on the
offer. Do buy a few for your dear ones. Marble work is another draw in
Agra. The miniatures that include souvenirs and images of Hindu deities
make a good buy. The travel to Agra is, frankly, incomplete without
buying a small but beautiful marble replica of Taj.
But that is not all. Agra is major center for leather wares as well.
The city was once home to some of the best producers of formal leather
shoes in the world. The industry staggered due to the aftermath of
partition but has once again re-invented itself. Do buy a few export
quality shoes and sandals. They might cost you a fortune back there in
America or Europe. Agra is also famous for its sweets 'Petha' and
'Gazak' and salty snack 'Dalmoth. There are some good shops for the
same. 'Panchi Petha' at the station road is considered the best among
the lot. The shop offers tens of varieties of 'Petha' and 'Gazak'
The main shopping areas of the city are Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar,
Raja-ki-Mandi, Sanjay Place and the Taj Mahal Complex. Shopping is
recommended at the Govt. Emporia or Souvenir Shops approved by Uttar
Pradesh Tourism. The state run emporium offer authentic stuffs on