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For Agraites, petha is not just another sweet. It's an emotion. And a deeply nostalgic one. This irresistibly sweet, translucent, soft candy made from ash gourd (Pumpkin) is Agra's answer to the factory produced candies that are filled with additives and flavorings. 


For all sweet lovers, a visit to Agra entails a frantic rush to the nearest sweet shop in order to dig into the mouth-watering Petha. It has a distinct one of a kind crunch when you bite into it as the rush of sweetness hits your palate. Though pethas have undergone subtle transformation with changing times, we at Bansiwala have retained the authentic flavour of this classic.

History of Petha

Out of Agra's culinary treasure trove comes the soft, translucent dessert Petha, whose popularity can be rivaled only by the magnificent Taj Mahal. A visit to Agra is incomplete without savouring the delicious Petha.

The key ingredients of ash gourd, sugar and water make it the purest dessert in the world. Legend has it, that the royal Mugal kitchens invented this delight when Emperor Shah Jahan ordered his chefs to make a unique dessert as pure and white as the Taj Mahal.

With time, this crystallized pumpkin candy , started gaining prominence amongst the locals and soon became the undisputed favorite treat of everyone from the locals and tourists alike.

History of Agra

Located on the banks of the iconic river Yamuna, Agra is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India attracting visitors from every corner of the globe. Besides being home to some of the world's most spectacular monuments such as the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and the stunning Agra Fort, this city has a lot more to offer. Agra is inundated with beautiful Mughal-era architectural landmarks, but apart from that even the culture, clothing, traditions and most importantly even the food, has a strong Mugal-influence. Agra is the breeding ground of a wide range of delectable dishes that have attained legendary status over the years.