Exploring Agra, India: 8 Top Muslim-Friendly Things to Do on Your Next Trip

Agra, the Taj City, remained under the control of the Mughal Emperors for a long time. Its rich heritage is a testament to the Mughal Era's architectural brilliance and cultural influence on the subcontinent.

Beyond its architectural marvels, Agra also offers a rich tapestry of experiences specifically tailored to Muslim travellers. Naturally, Agra has many Muslim-friendly activities.

In this guide, we explore 8 top Muslim-friendly things to do on your next trip to Agra, India.

Also read: Top 8 Muslim Destinations to Discover Islamic History

Best Muslim-friendly things to do in Agra, India

1. Visit Taj Mahal

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No trip to Agra can be complete without visiting the jewel of the city, the Taj Mahal.

Standing as a testament to love, the Taj Mahal was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its stunning Mughal architecture, intricate marble inlay work, and a majestic central dome.

To make the most out of your visit to the Taj Mahal, indulge in activities like:

  • Sunset cruise of the Taj Mahal.

  • Visit the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah.

  • Have some fun at Dolphin Water Park.

2. Explore Fatehpur Sikri

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Agra boasts three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the remarkable Fatehpur Sikri.

This fully-fledged city was founded by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and remains a testament to his architectural vision and legacy to this day.

The amazing complexes that can be explored here include:

  • Jama Masjid

  • Buland Darwaza

  • Panch Mahal

  • Jodha Bai's Palace

  • Lotus Throne

Also read: India vs Pakistan: Which is A Better Holiday Destination For Muslims?

3. Travel to Agra Fort

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Just 2.5 kilometers away from the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort stands as another remarkable Mughal super-structure that's definitely worth a visit.

Agra Fort, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, served as the primary residence of the Mughal Emperors until 1638.

Within the walls of Agra Fort, visitors can explore a plethora of fascinating locations, including extravagant palaces, spacious courtyards, and lush gardens.

Moreover, if you want to make your trip more memorable, try taking a tour guide from the Taj Mahal entrance gate to Agra Fort.

These knowledgeable guides can provide valuable insights into the history, architecture, and legends associated with both iconic landmarks.

4. Indulge in Mughlai Cuisine

As you wander through the streets of the city of love, one thing you’ll love is how accessible halal food is.

Craving juicy, tender Seekh Kebabs or perhaps the heavenly melt-in-your-mouth Galouti Kebabs? Look no further, because Agra's culinary scene has got you covered.

Each dish is a testament to the city's vibrant culinary heritage, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Oh, and if you’re a fan of a good biryani, Agra features arguably one of the most tender meat nestled biryani—an absolute must-try when you're in the city.

There are also plenty of vegetarian options to choose from as well, with many restaurants offering delicious meat-free alternatives.

Some popular restaurants to try Muslim-friendly Mughlai cuisines include:

  • Taj Bano

  • Taj Mahal Restaurant

  • Golden Street Restaurant

  • In Dish

  • Daawat-E-Nawab

Also read: 5 Latest Halal Travel Apps Every Muslim Should Have

5. Stroll at Mehtab Bagh

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Next thing on your list should be to escape the chaotic city and take a stroll through the serene gardens of Mehtab Bagh.

Located along the banks of the Yamuna River, this picturesque garden offers breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal, especially during sunset.

Mehtab Bagh, also known as the Moonlight Garden, was originally built as part of the Taj Mahal complex and served as a moonlit pleasure garden for the Mughal emperors.

For a truly memorable experience, we recommend arranging a private sunset tour of Mehtab Bagh. It's a sight that will stay with you long after you leave Agra.

6. Shop From Local Markets

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No trip is truly complete without a bit of shopping for your friends & family back home.

In Agra, you're in for a treat with its vibrant local markets offering an array of unique gifts. We suggest you head over to Sadar Bazaar, conveniently located near the Agra Cantonment Railway Station.

Sights, sounds, and colors, the local Sadar Bazaar is full of them. Some of the best selling gift items in the market for tourists are traditional handicrafts, marble artifacts, and fine leather goods.

You can also make your way to Kinari Bazaar, located near the iconic Jama Masjid. Here, you'll be captivated by the intricate embroidery work, including the dazzling zardozi and delicate chikankari.

Also read: 14 Must-Visit Souks Around The World

7. Offer Prayers at Jama Masjid, Agra

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Jama Masjid Agra, one of the largest mosques in India, is a stunning example of Mughal Era craftsmanship.

What's great about it is that it's open to everyone!

You can drop by any day from 7 AM to 12 noon and again from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

And if you prefer to avoid the scorching heat, plan your trip between November and March when the weather is more comfortable for sightseeing.

Also read: Exploring The World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Mosques

8. Relax by the Yamuna River

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Last, but not the least, after spending a few days exploring the historical wonders of Agra, consider taking some time to unwind by the tranquil waters of the Yamuna River.

Find a quiet spot along the riverbank and settle down with a picnic basket filled with local delicacies.

For a more active way to enjoy the river, consider renting a boat and embarking on a leisurely cruise along the Yamuna.

Besides, if you're feeling adventurous, you can also explore the riverside on foot or by bicycle at your own pace.

Also read: The Best Muslim-Friendly Destinations to Visit for Thrilling Experiences

Wrapping Up

Hopefully, you're all set with your bucket list for your upcoming visit to Agra.

This wraps up our guide on 8 top Muslim-friendly things to do on your next trip to Agra.

Safe travels and enjoy your time in the city of love!

Interested in learning more about must-visit destinations in India? Check out HalalZilla’s dedicated archive section on India here!

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