Don’t leave any cash or valuables in your hotel room. Check all hotel, restaurant, and lounge bills for mistakes.
Never pay anybody in advance for anything, especially taxi drivers. Pickpockets should be avoided.
If you do decide to buy anything, keep in mind that most things are cheap knockoffs of originals that are unlikely to survive long.
During the winter season, the weather in Agra is unpredictable, and temperatures may drop below freezing; be prepared.
Some unscrupulous carpet salesmen utilize the typical ‘bait and switch’ scheme to defraud you of your hard-earned money. If you purchase anything, insist on transporting it personally; otherwise, what you get in the mail may not be what you expected. A carpet store called ‘Kanu Carpets’ is especially notorious for this — it is best to avoid shady-looking shops.