Taj Mahal viewed from Methab Bagh

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Mehtab Bagh

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This park, originally built by Emperor Babur as the last in a series of 11 parks on the Yamuna’s east bank (long before the Taj was conceived), fell into disrepair until it was little more than a huge mound of sand. To protect the Taj from the erosive effects of the sand blown across the river, the park was reconstructed and is now one the best places from which to view the great mausoleum.

The gardens in the Taj are perfectly aligned with the ones here, and the view of the Taj from the fountain directly in front of the entrance gate is a classic. It's a popular spot at sunset; the ticket office closes 30 minutes before sunset, so don't leave it too late. An autorickshaw here from central Agra costs around ₹150.