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Agra Heritage Walks

Agra, India
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About Agra Heritage Walks
Agra heritage walks is an initiative run by UP80 - A group of artists that are living in the city of Agra and working towards a trans-disciplinary art residency in the city itself. Agra Heritage Walks was started in July 2017 with the aim of spreading awareness about the rich culture and heritage of the city. We focus on lesser known monuments or areas of the city. We partner with women, local small businesses and artisans and make them benefit from the tourists while also providing them a platform to show their skills. For example three women from the historic Kala Mahal area have been regularly hosting tourists to traditional food and in turn they make profits and also get appreciated for their skills. Our objectives are a) highlighting heritage, culture and culinary art of the city b) highlighting lesser known monuments and streets of the city.
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Heritage & Handicraft Tour

Agra is mainly known for some major industries like the footwear industry, jewellery industry, tourism industry, etc. Their export system runs all over the world. But apart from these, there are a lot of small and traditional businesses like the kite factory, thread factory, wooden utensils factory, zardozi arts, etc. They have been running for centuries by some old families who live in Agra. Whenever we walk or go through the old markets of Agra, we can see very small shops that include kite making, thread making, zardozi art, and marble work, but when we enter these shops, we can see huge galleries where workers carry out their work. During the walk, we will explore the working system of these small factories that have silently been serving the city for generations. You will bear witness to the fast handiwork here along with the myriad skills.
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3 hours
from US$ 125.93

Story of Spices- A Food Tour of Agra

Walking down the lanes of Agra leaves one absorbed by the aroma of the different spices, various food stalls and the overall diverse cuisines of the city. Be it while looking at the century-old spice shops at Rawatpada or eating the delectable and famous mutton stew at Pakiza Meat Shop, it is a wonder how different spices and flavours blend into the living history of the city, and how modern alterations to the original dishes over time have created new flavours that still retain the cultural significance of the dish. Join us on a food tour across the old city as we take you through a journey of myriad palates, with a variety of different dishes ranging from Mughlai non-vegetarian cuisine to braj ke bhalle, and discuss how the different spices/preparations used by generations have influenced the food and living culture of the city.
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3 hours
from US$ 125.93

Agra, The City through Poetry

Reading the poets of Agra can make one realise that language is not a barrier but a tool to establish human connections. Be it Nazir Akabarabadi, Ghalib, or Mir Taqi Mir, the city and its culture has been documented beautifully in poetic verses. This tradition has continued with new poets emerging and evolving from different languages and communities.

Join us on this poetry walk across the old city as we visit the birthplaces of some great poets, read and talk about the poetry of Agra, and try to understand the submergence of language within the city’s unique cultural richness.
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2 to 3 hours
from US$ 69.49
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kristen p wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois18 contributions9 helpful votes
After taking this tour, we took several other tours with the same group. All the tours were great. The guides are all super-friendly and helpful. They took us places we would never have found on our own. We got some great items at the shops they took us to as well. Can't recommend checking this group out enough.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mirko B wrote a review Jan 2020
Leffe, Italy27 contributions16 helpful votes
Recommended by Indian friend .we met this guys for Taj Mahal tour. Despite the horrible weather..tour was so much fun and interesting! They do it passionately and it comes to you! They're both interested in givin' something special of they're homeplace..and taking something of yours! Definitely more than a tour!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Joyce S wrote a review Dec 2019
New York City, New York1 contribution
I had a great time learning about this ancient city in depth with my guide Tahir and a local friend. Tahir knows well the history, the community and the hidden gems in this city that my local friend has no knowledge of. So if you are interested in some in-depth learning of Agra, I bet you have no better alternative source! :)
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from AgraHeritageWalks, Manager at Agra Heritage Walks
Responded 30 Dec 2019
Hey Joyce, thank you so much for posting the review. Look forward to host you and your mom to this beautiful city.
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sachkulk wrote a review Dec 2019
Pune, India2 contributions1 helpful vote
Tahir is the best ambassador Agra could have hoped for. We went with him on a exploration journey at Taj Mahal; and later the 'Rise of Mughals' tour at Sikandara. One can not miss his command on the language, the history and the understanding of the local culture. He takes us through the Mughal history pages with effortless ease and also makes us think about how the psychology and behaviour of the rulers and the elites remain the same whether we are talking about ancient era or the modern times. His love for Agra, the city he lives in and works in is very obvious in whatever he says and does. I was thinking about Taj and Agra fort as the only places worth visiting in Agra till I met Tahir. He has definitely got us interested in exploring multitude facets that the city has to offer; and we are definitely going there again for a more prolonged stay now. Tahir is a great guide, a great communicator; but most importantly, he is a great human being always ready to help us and make our stay in Agra comfortable. Thank you, Tahir, for helping us get acquainted with the real Agra culture.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from AgraHeritageWalks, Public Relations Manager at Agra Heritage Walks
Responded 30 Dec 2019
Dear Sachin, Thank you so much for the review of our walks. I am really happy that you and your family had a great time here and that we all together were able to udnerstand our cultural heritage and also discuss politics of our time and past. Look forward to host you again.
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Donna H wrote a review Dec 2019
Vancouver22 contributions2 helpful votes
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We met Tahir at the Coral Tree Home Stay and learned about his tours. We had a most interesting day touring old Agra, AKA “The City”. We learned so much and had a most enjoyable afternoon with Tahir. If you like to interact with the locals and have an authentic experience from a knowledgeable and passionate person, you will enjoy this tour. Questions are encouraged and the tour is delivered from the heart. Tahir’s family has lived in Agra forever and he knows the ins and outs of the city. He is an excellent guide and we left feeling like friends. I would most definitely recommend booking a tour with him. If I had another day in Agra, I would!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from AgraHeritageWalks, Manager at Agra Heritage Walks
Responded 15 Dec 2019
Thank you so much Donna. It was a pleasure to take you and Eric around and get to hear your stories as well :)
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