Moon Garden

 No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~Hugh Johnson

So back to India.  Arriving in Agra on a Friday was a brilliant plan because the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.  Doesn’t sound like a brilliant plan does it.  Well, arriving when the Taj was closed allowed us to visit all of the places I have shown you so far.  We were also able to get a pre-sampling of the Taj in all of its glory from the Mehtab Bagh (Hindiमेहताब बाग़Urdu:ماہتاب باغ‎, translationMoonlight Garden). DSC01262 This was a beautiful garden spot across a little river and mort of the Taj Mahal complex with Agra Fort on the other side of the Taj.  I have read different stories from different sources that claim the garden was built by Shah Jahan in the 1600s or that it was built by the Emperor Babur in the mid 1500s but the truth of the matter is I could care less who built it.  It was amazing to walk through this garden, smelling the flowers and watching the people tend it and suddenly look up and see the amazingness of the Taj Mahal across the river. DSC01268 We were a little concerned that by sneaking a peak at the Taj from this angle might ruin the first grand impression of the hall the next morning, but not to worry.  The next day it was still a shocking and grand surprise. Just a few more of my favorite photos of this evening.

There is a legend that surrounds this area which I will go into more detail on in a future post.  Just a taste though…

The garden was designed as an integral part of the Taj complex in the riverfront terrace pattern. Its width was identical to that of the rest of the Taj.[2] Legends attributed to the travelogue of the 17th century French traveler Jean Baptiste Tavernier) mention the wish of Shah Jahan to building a black marble mausoleum for himself, as a twin to the Taj; however, this could not be achieved as he was imprisoned by his sonAurangzeb. – WIKIPEDIA

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