Located just north to the glorious wonder called the Taj Mahal and overlooking the Agra Fort and Yamuna river on the opposite side, Mehtab Bagh is one of the last Mughal gardens and one of the most scenic spots in Agra. Perfectly quadrilateral in shape and colloquially known as the Moonlight garden, the stunning Mehtab Bagh is the last one of the eleven similar Mughal- built garden complexes along the Yamuna bank. Laid out in just the right symmetry and perfectly aligned with the gardens of Taj Mahal, the garden provides a picture-perfect view of the Taj from the fountain at the front of the entrance gate. Mehtab Bagh is a popular sunset spot among the photography fanatics and nature enthusiasts.
The splendid Mehtab Bagh has four sandstone towers, one each at the corner with a huge octagonal tank right in the centre. It is believed that Shah Jahan especially got the bagh designed for his personal interests so he could come up here and admire the infinite beauty of his favourite piece of art. On the moonlit nights, the clear reflection of the wondrous Taj Mahal in the waters of the park is a sight beyond description. Mehtabh Bagh is now a horticulture delight with scores of vibrantly blooming floral plants and medicinal herbs, besides the umpteen fruit trees, which add to the beauty of the park.
Located at a distance of barely 7-8 kms from the Taj Mahal complex in the heart of the city, the garden can be easily reached through local electric/ battery operated rickshaws. You can also hire auto-rickshaws to reach the park. The city is also well connected through state-run buses which you can avail. Alternatively, you can book taxi cabs from anywhere in the city. Recently, the management has also come up with the option of the ferry ride from the eastern side of the Taj to across here.
The best time to visit Mehtab Bagh in Agra is either early in the morning or during sunset because Taj Mahal presents a spectacular look during these times. It is not advisable to visit the garden or stroll around it during the afternoons in the peak summer months since summer in Agra is hot, humid and uncomfortable. During monsoon, frequent showers flood the garden and make the soil sticky to be strolled on. Thus, the best season to visit is the winter season when the sky is clear and the afternoons are comfortable to remain outdoors.