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Discover the untold stories of Agra’s Mughal women

As Mehir guides you through the city, she’ll show you key monuments that have either been built by women or inspired by them…

By Aayush Rathi
Founder of Roobaroo Walks, Alfred&'s partner in India

Discover the untold stories of Agra’s Mughal women on this local walking tour. You’ll be led by Mehir, an artist who grew up in Agra and knows the city intimately. She can show you Agra through her eyes and share what life is like for women today in India. I think this tour is important because so much of our history is male-dominated; you hear about kings and soldiers but not women. So, it provides a fresh perspective that you then carry on your journey across India.

As Mehir guides you through the city, she’ll show you key monuments that have either been built by women or inspired by them. Many people don’t realise that the women of the Mughal dynasty like Khanzada Begum and Mumtaz Mahal were a powerful force who shaped politics and culture. You’ll stop at the Itmad ud Daulah, which is known as the baby Taj as it served as inspiration for the Taj Mahal itself. It’s a majestic, white-marble monument that resembles a jewellery box, built by Mehr-un-Nissa as a tomb for her father. An emperor’s wife, Mehr was one of the most famous women of her era.

During the tour, you’ll also get to meet and interact with women who live in Agra now. Mehir will introduce you to various artists and jewellery makers, a flower garland specialist and Zardozi embroiderer. You’ll get to chat and learn about their lives as modern women in Agra. Travellers love this contemporary view and having the chance to meet and hear about the real women of Agra.

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Alfred & Aayush Rathi

Together with his wife, Aayush Rathi founded Roobaroo Walks in 2015 to help visitors explore India’s rich heritage, curating experiences that revolve around local people and interpreting their stories through a historical lens. Having originally trained as an engineer, Aayush now works with over 20 storytellers who lead Roobaroo tours in eight destinations around India.
Aayush Rathi, founder of Roobaroo tours in Agra and Amritsar