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.
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.
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.
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.