It is commonplace among people of various times to exchange pleasantries with presents. Some people even take that extra mile to present their dear ones with valuable gifts. These gifts can be of any nature and to any extent. In fact, all of us should have known about the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan who constructed the Taj Mahal in fond memory of his beloved lady, Mumtaz. But here is a gift that is genuinely rendered by a King, keeping in mind the Princess as well as the maidens who assisted her along with the Dowry. And that gift happened to be a garden, known as The Garden of the Maidens.
The Garden is located in the northern part of Udaipur City in the state of Rajasthan, basking on the banks of the exquisite Fateh Sagar Lake. The Udaipur Railway Station is just a mile away from the site and Maharana Pratap Airport is the nearest Airway Junction in about 25km. The garden can be comfortably reached either by a cab ride or with the help of an auto rickshaw from both the junctions.
The term ‘Bari’ refers to ‘Garden’ and ‘Saheliyon’ literally means ‘Maiden’. So the exact translation of ‘Saheliyon-Ki-Bari’ can be precisely arrived as ‘The Garden of the Maidens’. This Bari is built by Maharana Sangram Singh in the early 17th century – i.e. from 1710 – 1734, as a present to his Queen and her 48 Royal attendants. The intricacies of the Bari include four elegant water pools embellished with several fountains, well-carved kiosks and some marble tuskers. The Garden was further beautified by Maharana Bhupal Singh who was a descendant of Sangram Singh Ji. Maharana Bhupal Singh constructed a canopy of rain fountains to make an illusion of rain dancing so as to light up the moods of the already dancing women.
The elephant-shaped and birds-shaped fountains are the most important features of this garden beside the lotus pools and marble pavilions. What is so special about these fountains in comparison with so many others around? – This question should be daunting any reader by now and here is the answer for it. Apart from the graceful designs the kiosks carry in their bird-like spouts and the elephant-shaped spurts, the water ducts from which they beget water are exclusively made for them to facilitate this purpose. And the fact remains that, the fountains are not fed with water by inducting electrical or mechanical motors. Rather, the water ducts gush out the water from the Fateh Sagar Lake with the pressure that is naturally exerted by the Lake waters. These fountains are believed to have been imported from England back then.
In addition to these, the lush green lawns and marble pavilions radiate intimate romance in the atmosphere abiding to which the kings once rejoiced with their queens relieving themselves from political obligations in steals and snatches. The museum that stands by the garden will quench our thirst on ancient paintings and other royal households while the stuffed cobras and other animals provide a cue to adventure. Even though the garden is worth a visit anytime in the year, the best time to visit is between July and September as we will be given a warm greeting by the bougainvillea plants in addition to the cool monsoon climate. Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is Khushi-Ki-Bari.
How to reach :
Udaipur is one of the most popular and well connected cities in Rajasthan, it is well connected through air and road links as well as railways and because of that a person traveling to Udaipur has all the options available and if a person is planing a road trip then also Udaipur is well connected to all the major cities of Rajasthan.
Maharana Pratap airport or Dabok airport is how the Udaipur airport is known as and it is well connected by daily flights from all the metro cities of India.
Udaipur railway station: It is known as udaipur city railway station (UDZ) and is well connected via rail route will all the major cities and town and trains are available round the clock also it is dotted with a number of hotels and lodges so if a person has not booked a place to stay can easily find accommodation here before starting his journey to the city of lakes .
by road connectivity: udaipur is connected to rest of the country through 3 national highways i.e NH8, NH48 , NH27 and apart from state transport buses there are a lot of private bus operators who connect udaipur to rest of the country and the kind of buses range from regular buses to sleeper coaches and Volvo bus service which is also operated by rajsthan state transport.