The Taj Mahal sure looks marvellous even from just its grand entry, but did you know that Shah Jahan built the best view of this mausoleum from a crescent-shaped plain across the Yamuna River? During the 17th century, when the Mughal rulers spared no expense to indulge their whims, the 25-acre land was spectacularly transformed into a moonlight garden known as Mehtab Bagh, teeming with breezy pavilions, white pathways, fountains, and pools.
Over the centuries, floods plus locals scouring for building materials almost wiped out the existence of this medieval retreat until in 1994, when excavation started. This revealed a stunning four-quartered garden that perfectly blended with the soulful complex of Taj. [Read more…]