s you might expect, the shopping in Agra is an incredible experience. Crafts, spices, souvenirs and stunning silks are available in abundance; choose from small shops and boutiques or brave the bustling markets, where your haggling skills will be richly rewarded.
Not surprisingly, the quality and price of objects will vary between different markets and shops, and while it is worth noting that the more expensive shops and products are not necessarily the best, be aware that if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is!
At the famous marble shop, Subhash Emporium, you will find higher prices, but the price tag accompanies exquisite quality. If you are looking for a memento of your trip to Agra that encapsulates the serene beauty of classic Mughal architecture, beautifully crafted, top quality marble from Subhash Emporium is the perfect gift – for someone else, or for yourself!
Subhash Bazaar is located in Jama Masjid and is an ideal place to browse, barter, and (of course) buy beautiful silks and saris. Jama Masjid itself is known as Kinari Bazaar, after Kinari Road, the central lane from which all the other winding roads seem to lead, with a brightly coloured maze of shops and bazaars exploding with jewel-rich colours. Among its packed streets you will find delicious street food alongside handmade shoes, jewellery, crafts, fabric and spices; a veritable feast for the eyes.
As always, if you are venturing deep into crowded bazaars, don’t carry valuables, and don’t flash your cash (or for that matter, your camera or phone). Be assertive, avoid pushy touts and don’t be afraid to say “no”.