Agra is known for its fabulous marble-made handicrafts and soft stone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Agra's major handicraft products besides marble and inlay work are: leather ware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work. Agra offers a variety of leather items including footwear, purses, bags, and decorative items.
You can also shop for sandal and rose wood items, brass and stone decorative pieces, embroidered rugs, stone inlay work and floor carvings.
When in Agra, it is worth taking out time to see what Zardosi is (even if you don’t intend to buy). Zardosi is a unique 3 dimensional thread work that originated in Agra during the Mughal reign and has held on till today. In today’s modern era, artisans of Agra has perfected the art of creating wall hangings, table cloths and cushion covers made of Zardosi.
It seems the street vendor selling “Itar” (a common Urdu word used for pure form of perfume) is of immense interest to tourists. These local perfumes are made out of flowers and can be had in variety of scents like lotus, magnolia, poppy, rose, etc.
Agra is also famous for its carpets and Dhurries. You are bound to be escorted by a salesman to a nearby factory to see the process of creation of these items. The city has been a centre for the art of making carpets and Dhurries since the Mughal days.
The main shopping areas of the city are Sadar Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, Munro Road, Raja-ki-Mandi, Sanjay Place, MG Road and the Taj Mahal Complex.