Mehtab Bagh, Agra – The Moonlight Garden

 

Agra is the place where you encounter a lot of masterpieces of Mughal architecture. A lot of monuments and tombs are built here by the Mughal rulers and each of them is unique in its own way. It is here that the famous Taj Mahal and Red Fort are located. After my visit at the Missionaries of Charity on the second day, I went to visit Mehtab Bagh, Agra. On my first day I had no time to visit the place. So I decided to visit it the next day. It was very spacious and ideal to take a morning walk or an evening walk.

 

Mehtab Bagh Agra
Mehtab Bagh Agra | Image Resource : farm4.staticflickr.com

 

The visiting time here is from 6 am to 6 pm. I reached the garden in the evening and got into the garden after I have paid an entrance fee of Rs.10. Mehtab Bagh is located on the left bank of the river Yamuna, opposite to the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. It is a square garden of 300 x 300 meters. It was built by Babur and later renovated by Shah Jahan. It is a very beautiful garden dotted with trees, a wide variety of colorful flowers, pools and fountains. The view you get of Taj Mahal from here is really magnificent. During sunset the dome shows changing colors of Taj Mahal.

 

 

I saw many tourists admiring the beauty of the garden and the beautiful Taj Mahal. There were also many foreign tourists who were accompanied by guides. They took pictures of the garden and the Taj Mahal. There is a myth that Shah Jahan had an idea to build another Taj Mahal here made of black marble, in contrast to the Taj Mahal in white marble. There were 4 sandstone towers at the four corners of the garden, of which only the one in the southeast corner is remaining. I walked around the garden for some time, sat on the lawn and enjoyed the fresh air and watched the people passing by and children playing. Mehtab Bagh, Agra is a lovely place and I enjoyed my visit learning its glorious history there.

 

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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