Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of Maidens is a noteworthy garden and a well known tourist spot in Udaipur, Rajasthan. It was Built by Rana Sangram Singh-2 from 1710 – 1734, the ruler of Mewar for the Queen and forty-eight young ladies who were offered as a part of the dowry.
Do not confuse Rana sangram singh-2 with Rana Sangram Singh who was popularly known as Rana Sanga.
This beautiful lush green garden can be found close to Fateh Sagar Lake, in the dry terrains of Rajasthan which is a treat to the eyes.
The legend has it that the Maharana Sangram singh-2 had himself designed the layout of the park and offered it to his queen and forty-eight young ladies chaperons who went with the princess to Udaipur as a part of the dowry. To help them escape from the political hustle and bustle of the Kingdom and to offer every one of them a place where they can rejoice and find contentment, satisfaction and fulfillment.
LOTUS POND WITH ELEPHANT SHAPED FOUNTAINS
Beautiful elephant shaped water fountains. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the water is coming out from the trunk of the elephant. Amazing isn’t it.
While strolling in the garden you’ll find beautiful flowers, lovely lotus pools with elephant shaped fountains.
The water from the Fateh Sagar lake was fed to these beautiful water fountains. Actually, Fateh Sagar Lake is almost at a height of 100 feet from the Saheliyon ki Bari from there the water from the lake was brought down to the garden via pipes. Due to this height difference, the falling water used to create a pressure which in turn made the water fountains function in the Garden of Maidens.
Unfortunately, in the year 2004, the water in the Fateh Sagar Lake dried due to which the fountains at Saheliyon ki Bari stopped functioning. Therefore, pumps were installed to keep the fountains working.
However, the conditions are not the same as before and the lake is full of water now but now the water from the lake is not used anymore in the fountains.
BIN BADAL BARSAT (or Rain Without The Clouds) FOUNTAIN
Now the story goes, that the daughter of the Maharana was dancing in the garden under the rain, when the rain stopped. She was just 12 at that time and was quite unhappy about it. So, she demanded the king (her father) that she wants rain and wants the rain to never stop. The King told, that it is up to the god and that he has no control or power over the rain.
However, she wasn’t satisfied and was very adamant and stubborn about it and wanted the rain. We all know the science behind it and that it could not rain without the clouds. To make the innocent kid understand this was quite difficult. Therefore, the king ordered to construct a fountain to fulfill his daughter’s innocent demand.
The normal time sightseers spend at Saheliyon ki Bari is around 50 minutes. There is no time limitation and you can invest as much time you want between the entry and closing time. Taking a stroll in the garden was quite pleasing. The fragrance of the fresh leaves, flowers, grass and the moist soil lifts your mood and you feel connected to the mother nature. I feel this was the sole purpose of making gardens where one can connect to the nature and to get rid of the stress. It seems fair to me why the king built this garden for her queen.
Also, the chirping of the birds and the sound of the water falling from the fountains was like music to my ears. If you’ve ever noticed, it gives you that sense of relaxation and you automatically feel calm. That feeling is magical.
Though many might consider it as an ordinary garden however, the history associated with it makes it extraordinary.
How to reach: very close to the city and can be reached using local or private transportation which are easily available. Very close to Fateh Sagar Lake and you can consider visiting the place on the same day.
Hours: from 8 AM – 8 PM
Best Season: Between November to February.