Known worldwide for the magnificent white marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal
, Agra has long attracted visitors from far and wide. With a number of other historical places to see, the city also has some beautiful gardens where you can relax and appreciate the greenery.
Mehtab Bagh means ‘moonlight garden’. It was the eleventh garden built by the Mughals on the banks of the river Yamuna. Situated across from the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal, this garden is an ideal place to spend some time amid nature. It has walkways, spacious pavilions, alluring fountains, and a great variety of plants and trees. Constructed with the idea of providing a great view of the Taj Mahal, this garden has been rebuilt and restored recently.
Mehtab Bagh, Near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Ram Bagh is the oldest Mughal garden existent today, and is now a part of the Rambagh Palace Hotel. In 1528, Emperor Babur built this Persian garden, which showcases great Islamic architecture. Ram Bagh means ‘the garden of relaxation’, and was thus built as a retreat for Babur. If you stay at the hotel, make sure you spend some time in the garden, too.
Ram Bagh, Firojabad Road, Near Aligadh Hatrash Road, Ram Bagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Situated in the center of the city, Paliwal Park is the best green space in Agra. It covers 70 acres, including a small lake, and has a variety of plants. Earlier it was called Hewitt Park, but was renamed in commemoration to Uttar Pradesh’s first Finance Minister, Shri Krishna Dutt Paliwal. There are a number of educational institutes around, so it makes a nice hangout place for students. Morning walkers come here every day, and children like to play here too. You can even enjoy boating on the lake here.
Paliwal Park, Pandit Motilal Nehru Rd, Civil Lines, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Shah Jahan Park
Dayalbagh is a memorial garden situated 15 kilometers from Agra. It was built in remembrance of the founder of the ‘Radha Soami Satsang Movement’. The entire memorial is a collection of temples, gurudwaras, mosques and viharas, depicting the religious mix that formed the basis of Dayal Sahib’s preachings. This is a must-visit place in Agra.