Saheliyon Ki Bari is one the most beautiful gardens and a major tourist destination in Udaipur. The garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. English translation of Saheliyon Ki Bari means "Garden of maids". This renowned garden is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, presenting a green retreat in the dry lands of Rajasthan. Garden of maids was built in the 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies.
As per the legends, the garden was designed by the king himself and he
presented this garden to his queen. Actually, the Queen was accompanied
by 48 maids in her marriage. To offer all of them, pleasurable moments
away from the political intrigues of the court, this garden was made.
This patterned garden used to be the popular relaxing spot of the royal
ladies. The queen with her maids and female companions used to come here
for a stroll and spend their time in leisure.
Due to this fact, the garden got its name. The superb architecture of
the garden provides a breath-taking view to any observer. The garden is
embellished with numerous fountains in its four water pools, chiseled
kiosks and marble elephants. It is also celebrated for its lotus pool
and bird-fountains. The lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble
pavilions further enhance the romantic ambience of this magnificent
In the later years, Maharana Bhopal Singh really liked this place and
built a pavilion of rain fountains. The thought was to form an illusion
of rain dancing in cadence with dancing maids. The Kings used to enjoy
around the pools and fountains of this garden. These fountains were
imported from England and you can trace them along with the main
reservoir of the garden. The main reservoir has four black marbled
kiosks in its corners and one white marbled kiosk in its center. On the
top of kiosks, these fountains are in the form of sculpted birds that
spurts water from their beaks producing the rain effect.
The museum exhibiting the huge collection of royal households is
another attraction of this garden. It has many ancient pictures and
things of the bygone period. Sight of stuffed cobras and other animals
will definitely add a tint of adventure to your trip. Above all, you can
stroll through the shady lawns, where the bunch of bougainvillea will
bend down to greet you. Today, Saheliyon ki Bari has become the pleasure
park for the recreation of Udaipur dwellers.
Garden of Maids is actually a place to visit by any visitor to this
city. The crystalloid fountains, lotus pool, marbled elephants
sprinkling water and many more attractions provide truly a picturesque
sight to behold.