Not Taj Mahal, the best place to get the magical view of Taj is Mehtab Bagh
If you are visiting Agra, the Taj Mahal is the must-visit place on your itinerary. The Taj Mahal was constructed in the memory of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1631. While the construction started in 1632, it is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653.
It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".
Being one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is a must-see place if you are in Agra. However, you don't have to go inside the Taj Mahal to view the ivory-white marble mausoleum on bank of the river Yamuna.
The best place to appreciate the beauty of Shah Jahan's symbol of love is Mehtab Bagh.
Mehtab Bagh, which literally translates to Moonlight Garden, is a charbagh complex, which lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of Yamuna.
It is said that Mehtab Bagh was built for Emperor Shah Jahan, who wanted a beautiful garden to view the Taj Mahal.
Mahtab Bhagh is a Persian-style quadrilateral triangle inspired by the four gardens of Paradise in the Quran. The four gardens of Mehtab Bagh are designed to align with those at the Taj Mahal.
Mehtab Bagh remains open every day till 12 am. The entry fee for Indians at Mehtab Bagh is Rs 25/-. It is Rs 300/- for foreigners and NRIs.