The “Agra City Heritage Walk” is a Guided Walk of one & a half hour, which is designed in consultation of prominent Historians & Academicians of Agra. The Walk traces the birth of Mughal Capital Agra or Akbarabad till its present times. Agra owes its fortunes to mighty Mughals, who declared Agra as their capital in 1565. This unknown town of little importance, on the banks of the holy river Yamuna grew, as an architectural paradise, an epitome of political activity and a buzzling trading centre under Mughals. The City which politically dominated the subcontinent under Akbar, fell into decline under his great-grandson Aurangzeb, but continued to function as a business hub even under colonial times. Today city of Agra is a kaleidoscope of India, where multiple faiths & religions harmoniously co-exist. Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims still follow ancient ways of life, celebrating festivals and fairs as they inherited from their forefathers. Agra is mix of rural & urban population wherein people have flocked into the city for their daily needs. Agra’s bazaars are flowing with pungent spices, seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables, colourful fabrics, jewellery, textiles etc. allowing you to take a peek in the life of its people. The best way to enjoy the real Agra is to embark on to the “Agra City Heritage Walk” which takes you on a live extension of life uninterrupted in Agra.
The Walk begins from the gigantic Jama Maszid as only from here you can mingle in the crowds & begin to experience down town Agra, Walk & visit the Silver Lingam of Mankameshwar Mahadev Temple, proceeding into narrow lanes selling articles used for adornment of images of Gods & Goddesses, looking at Ornamental & Decorated Facades in the Spice Market of Rawat Para, where the street is redolent of spices – turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom and several more, the walk enters into the famous Khoya Gali of Chitti Khana. The walk proceeds into the Namak Ki Mandi, wherein artisans beat Gold & Silver to make Foils of Gold & Silver for medicinal use in Aurveda & arrive in front of Akbari Mosque to connect to the 16th Century stone paved Street of Kinari Bazaar. You may notice women haggle over the price of bangles and sarees. The faithful offer prayers in little shrines at roadside corners. The tea sellers (Chai-wallah) create magic of fresh Indian Masala Tea. Old arts and crafts still flourish in the bazaars of Agra. One wonders that how heritage has become the soul of Agra as one walks through these lively streets.
Team of our knowledgeable, caring, skilled, experienced & well-groomed Heritage Interpreters, who work exclusively for us, accompany our guests untiringly when you decide to embark on “Agra City Heritage Walk” detailing you about Mosques, Temples, Havelis & life unexplored as you wander through bustling streets of the old city & also stopping by time to time for an exclusive photo opportunity to make your experience memorable.
You may choose to board a Traditionally decorated Mughal transport – a horse drawn Tonga, either a Bicycle Rickshaw or a Tuk-Tuk to arrive at the starting point from Agra Fort parking to begin your expedition. The actual walk takes about 1hour 30 minutes excluding transportation.