The Garden Guide

Mahtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden)

The Moonlight Garden was a projection of the Taj Mahal garden - on the other side of the river. In 1652 Aurangzeb wrote to his father telling of a visit to 'the blessed tomb' and commenting that 'the Mahtab Garden was completely inundated and has lost its charm, but soon it will regain its verdancy. The octagonal pool and the pavilion around it are in splendid condition.' The Mahtab Bagh was lost under the mud but re-excavated in the 1990s. Originally, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the Taj Mahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river. [See Villiers Stuart Mughal Gardens on Mahtab Bagh]

The Moonlight Garden is on the north bank of the River Yamuna ©
Taj Mahal reflection in River Yamuna Taj Mahal reflection in River Yamuna

Mahtab Bagh, Agra, India

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