Saheliyon ki Bari meaning Garden for the Maidens is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake designed as a peaceful retreat outside the old city of Udaipur. The garden can be described as a poetic description so is the beauty of this garden. Garden of Maidens was built was built in the 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies. The Legends speak that this garden was designed by the king himself as a token of gift for his queen. As the queen was accompanied by 48 maids in her marriage. Hence the garden was constructed to give them pleasurable moments away from the political intrigues of the court. The garden presents a perfection fusion of the Indian and English architectural styles.
This renowned garden is famous for its lush green lawns, intriguingly constructed fountains, beautiful lotus ponds and its indigenous marble arts. The romantic ambience of this magnificent garden is enhanced because of its lush green gardens, flowerbeds, marble pavilions, bird fountains which makes this place more beautiful. The fountains are fed by water of the lake gushing through ducts made for these same purpose which creates a distinct sound for each channel and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambience of the place.
In the years which followed Maharana Bhupal Singh grew a founding for this place and built a pavilion of rain fountains in the thought process of forming an illusion of rain dancing in cadence with dancing maids. the kings used to enjoy a lot around the pools and fountains. these fountains were brought down from England. The main reservoir has four black marbled kiosks in its corners and one white marbled kiosk in its center. Hence on the top of each kiosks, are in the form of sculpted birds that spurts water from their beaks producing the effects of rain.During the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh, flood occured in the lake and damaged a part of the garden but it was reconstructed to the present form.
There is a museum which exhibits a huge collection of royal households which is another attraction in the garden. there is collection of ancient pictures and things from bygone periods. Another interesting sight are the stuffed cobras and other animals which will be a added tint to your journey.
Saheliyon ki Bari with its beautifully maintained lush gardens, crystalloid fountains, carved pavillions and the lotus pool is a picturesque sight to behold and hence a must visit place for the touristers of Udaipur.