Saheliyon ki Bari, a Must Visit in Udaipur, Rajasthan

We were at Udaipur, finally, at the city of lakes. I was eagerly looking forward to our visit to this exotic city. Udaipur is described as the ‘most diversified and most romantic spot on the continent of India’ by Colonel James Tod in his Annals and Antiques of Rajasthan (1828).

Unfortunately, it rained there heavily that day. The city was experiencing a spell of extended monsoons much to the relief of the locals there. Broken branches of trees blocked not only the roads but also our plans to visit Lake Palace Hotel. We wanted to take the boat ride to the beautiful and luxurious Lake Palace Hotel in the Pichola Lake.

Lake Palace Hotel near Saheliyon ki Bari (This Lake Palace Hotel is situated inside the Pichola Lake on a raised land and the water around is not due to rains. Boats are the only means of access.)

 

Visit to Saheliyon ki Bari

Change of plans and we set off for the Saheliyon ki Bari (Garden of Friends) through a long circuitous road. It was built in the 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies. His Queen was accompanied by her 48 friends and maids at the time of her marriage as a part of the dowry. The King designed the garden himself and offered it to His Queen and her friends to provide them with pleasurable moments away from the political intrigues of the court.

Saheliyon ki Bari gardens
Saheliyon ki Bari the garden
Later Maharana Bhopal Singh built a pavilion of rain fountains in the pools which he imported from England. The main pool has four black marble kiosks and a white marble kiosk in the center. The pigeons sculpted at the top of these kiosks were part of the fountain and spurting water in to the pool.

Saheliyon ki Bari the pool

Timings and Tickets to Saheliyon ki Bari

Seeing the crowd there we could make out, the Saheliyon ki Bari is a pleasure park and a green retreat for the Udaipur dwellers.

Visiting time to Saheliyon ki Bari is from 9 am to 6:30 pm daily. Entry fee is Rs. 5 per person.

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40 Responses

  1. Swarna says:

    That’s rich! I’m so glad it’s open for public to visit.
    That was a worthy detour, wasn’t it?
    That rosebud shows such promise!

  2. Hilary says:

    Beautiful and interesting as always. I love that fountain, and the lovely flower in the photo above it.

  3. richies says:

    Better than watching the Travel Channel. Thanks for the lovely post

    An Arkie’s Musings

  4. George says:

    What beautiful gardens. The hotel in the top picture looks fascinating.

  5. The very name itself is so beautiful, and the garden fulfils that promise, no?

    I am sorry that you missed the Lake Palace

  6. An unexpected detour, and look at the beauty!

  7. thyme says:

    I love the photo’s! That Lake Palace is supposed to look like that, and it was not because of the rain?

  8. Gretchen says:

    Just too beautiful! The fountain, flower, etc.. I would truly enjoy visiting there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. “In” the lake is right!! Wow..what a sight. Looks like a beautiful place however…the gardens are beautiful!

  10. Thanks all!

    Yes Thyme, the Lake Palace is like that built inside the lake in a raised portion of land and not because of rains.

  11. Carver says:

    I’m sorry the rain interfered with your plans but you got some wonderful shots. I enjoyed this sequence of photographs.

  12. as always your post is so informative and the photos beautiful. enjoy each and every one.

    have a wonderful week.

    erin

  13. alicesg says:

    Wow interesting photo. I thought the palace was submerged in flood. Cool. It is something like a floating palace. Very beautiful. Come visit my chinese dolls. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. ewok1993 says:

    India has so much to offer. I bet if you can even see all of them in one year’s time.

    Happy February.

  15. Mojo says:

    So the palace/hotel is supposed to be in the middle of the lake like that? I thought it had simply flooded! How cool!

  16. Ash says:

    Fantastic images, Indrani. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Wow these are beautiful photos and i love that water fountain

  18. What a beautiful garden! Not a bad gift, hey? But then again, not everyone gets to be a queen either, lol! Thanks for bringing us along; looking forward to your visit to the Palace on Water!

    Greetings from Africa!

  19. Aviral says:

    that flower is so beautiful, just like all the other pics

  20. Lovely snaps !! I like the first one… most…

  21. Reader Wil says:

    I always enjoy visiting your blog! It’s not only informative but also very beautiful! I should love to stay in that hotel!! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Babooshka says:

    Such an interesting post and beautiful images.

  23. Gattina says:

    Beautiful and interesting ! I wished I could visit it !

  24. AJEYA RAO says:

    Very beautiful place. Have read of it before.

  25. so beautiful photos!
    have a nice week ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. What a beautiful spot for a hotel, but was it flooded in this picture, as it looks like it is?! As usual fascinating post.

  27. What a beautiful spot for a hotel, but was it flooded in this picture, as it looks like it is?! As usual fascinating post.

  28. That’s quite an eye opening flood. We have similar monsoon like rain storms here in south Florida, but nothing compared to what they get in west India.

  29. Wren says:

    That’s quite a nice wedding present, isn’t it? A lovely place to get away from it all.

  30. chrome3d says:

    I canยดt get past that Lake Palace hotel. Such an intriguing building.

  31. magiceye says:

    thank you for the lovely trip!

  32. Baruch says:

    A hotel in the middle of a lake – how beautiful & different!

  33. GMG says:

    Hi Indrani! Udaipur and the Lake Palace: one of my dreams; one day… ;))

    Meanwhile, you canโ€™t imagine what youโ€™re missing at Blogtrotter now… Lol!!
    Have a great week!

  34. Kat says:

    That mentioned dowry system sounded interesting :)))

    The rose pic is a jewel-in-the-crown.

  35. The Udaipur is in my list of must see places too Indrani, in particular, the Lake Palace. Unfortunate that your plans had to change, but Sahelion ki Bari seems like a nice place too.

  36. What a great post for MyWorld! That Lake Palace Hotel is awesome!

  37. Louise says:

    This is GREAT! I MUST get to that hotel!

  38. Awesome Indrani!

    and all this built to keep the spouse happy!

  39. Lakshmi says:

    brought back such nostalgic memories

  40. Vamsee says:

    I want to Rajasthan….more so after reading your posts. Keep them coming.

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