Category : India
Capturing the most well-shot places is always challenging for you have to look for angles that might bring that spark in the photo. To shoot Taj Mahal, the most photographed place in India, is a devil of a job but once you do that it actually feels as if you’ve conquered something.
Not writing this post solely for photographers but also for people who wish to look at Taj Mahal from a different eye. Because going offbeat is the new black, haha!
I was on a three-day work trip in Agra which required me to sit and observe, basically research work. I had to kill my time and not just kill, but kill it worthy enough of the death. 😛 Born and brought up in Delhi makes you a frequent visitor of the Taj Mahal. Ditching it, I went to Agra Fort and Mehtab Bagh to take a fresh panorama of the city.
Mehtab Bagh, also known as the Moonlit Garden, lies in the North of the Taj Mahal next to river Yamuna. Like me, if you too always wondered where people get that Insta-famous photo clicked while sitting on a boat with the backdrop of Taj Mahal, it’s Mehtab Bagh!
MEHTAB BAGH HISTORY
It’s hard to gather the history behind this garden due to lack of information provided. Upon struggling on the internet, I found out that Shah Jahan found this garden as an ideal place to view Taj Mahal because of its perfect alignment with it. It was designed beautifully as a Charbagh complex with water fountains and colorful trees. After Shah Jahan’s imprisonment, the garden was ruined by frequent floods from River Yamuna and villagers taking away its chunks. It was forgotten until Archeological Survey of India (ASI) restored the garden in 1990’s setting new patterns and guidelines.
ABOUT THE GARDEN
The garden is very basic. Don’t let your expectations reach the sky. I went in the evening to spot the sunset and spent good two hours sitting next to the river on a platform. The river, of course, is not clean. 😛 Also, because there was not much water, boating was closed. The month of May, it is. However some locals told me that boating is illegal here yet private tours are carried out by local agencies. You will find trails of different kinds of trees and plants in the garden. But again, nothing exclusive.
The only reason you must go here is to marvel at the white wonder of the world from a fresh perspective. I’d love go boating around midnight to capture the Taj Mahal in white moonlight.
MEHTAB BAGH TIMINGS
It is open from sunrise to sunset
MEHTAB BAGH ENTRY TICKETS
Entry ticket costs INR 15 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners.
Let me know in the comments below if you made it to this place, and how much did you like it?
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