Saheliyon ki Bari Udaipur

Saheliyon ki Bari Udaipur
Vital Information for Visitors

Saheliyon ki Bari, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all day

Visiting Timing:

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Entry Fees:

INR 10 - Indian
INR 50 - Foreigner


Approx 30 Minutes


Garden of Maids - An example of Rajput architecture

Saheliyon ki Bari (the Garden of Maids) is a prominent historical garden in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Renowned for its unique architecture, serene ambiance, and cultural significance, this enchanting garden has captivated visitors for centuries. The garden stands as a living testament to the opulent lifestyle of the Rajput rulers and their dedication to creating spaces of beauty and leisure. Saheliyon ki Bari is located close to the eastern embankment of Lake Fateh Sagar. The strategic location offers breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding hills, adding to the charm of the garden. The garden's proximity to the City Palace, another architectural marvel of Udaipur, makes it a convenient and integral part of the city's historical and cultural landscape. The entrance of Saheliyon ki Bari opens up to a world of lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and the gentle rustling of leaves, creating an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the bustling city. This pleasure garden commemorates the times when the maids waiting on the queen and the princesses formed an important community. The curiously seductive garden is renowned for its lotus pool, fountains that are in the shape of birds, blooming green lawns, flower beds and marble floors and presents a magnificent view for the Jagdish Temple visitors.

History: The history of Saheliyon ki Bari is deeply intertwined with the rich legacy of Mewar. Built in the early 18th century, the garden stands as a testament to the architectural prowess and artistic sensibilities of the Rajput rulers. The construction of the garden commenced in 1710 AD and Maharana Sangram Singh II commissioned the construction in 1734 AD. The sole purpose was to provide a recreational space for the royal women and their entourage. The garden served as a retreat and a venue for leisure activities, offering a respite from the formalities of the palace. Legend has it that the Maharana gifted this enchanting garden to his queen and her 48 maids as a gesture of love and appreciation for their companionship.

Architecture: Saheliyon ki Bari is known for its distinctive architectural elements that reflect the finesse of Rajput design. The architectural grandeur of Saheliyon ki Bari reflects the cultural syncretism that prevailed during the Mewar era. The garden is adorned with ornate pavilions, fountains, kiosks, marble elephants, and intricate sculptures. The garden has several fountains. When working, they create the illusion of drizzle and then rain.

The garden is marked by many ingenious techniques which make it unique. Upon entering, one finds a captivating scene flanking the pathway—charming little fountains on both sides. The marvel lies in the fact that these fountains were conceived and put into operation during an era devoid of electricity. Imagine the ingenuity! Below the surface, a complex network of pipelines, ranging from substantial conduits to petite channels, weaves its way, complete with strategically placed valves to regulate the water pressure. It's fascinating to note that these fountains operate solely on the ingenious principle of pressure.

Within Saheliyon ki Bari is located an expansive bathing area. Dominating the center of this space is a sizable swimming pool adorned with a captivating fountain at its heart. It offers a serene setting for bathing and relaxation. Adjacent to the pool is located a long array of changing rooms. But, these are no ordinary changing rooms. Intriguingly, pipelines extend from the floor to the ceiling of these chambers, transporting water. The water cascades gracefully into the pool through exquisitely carved openings in the ceiling. The architectural ingenuity creates a water oasis with a mesmerizing fountain at its core, casting droplets in all directions. Simultaneously, water descends from the rooms above, creating a spectacle akin to enjoying a peaceful soak in a splendid pond amidst a gentle downpour.

After the bathing area, a visitor reaches to the ‘Savan Bhado’ section of the garden. It is characterized by the rain water sprinkler fountains of Saheliyon ki Bari. Intriguingly, the names Savan and Bhado correspond to two months in the Hindu calendar known for their abundant rainfall. This meticulously maintained garden features a plethora of fountains that transform into water sprinklers when activated. As one strolls through the lush landscape, surrounded by these lively fountains, it's akin to wandering through verdant foliage in a gentle drizzle.

There is a lotus pond in the Saheliyon ki Bari. The lotus pond is a vast water body adorned with the splendor of blooming lotus plants, creating a breathtaking scene. Water pool is graced by fountains that create a soothing melody as the water cascades. The mesmerizing sound of water adds to the overall tranquility of the garden, providing a serene backdrop for leisurely strolls and quiet contemplation. At the heart of the pond stands an exquisite fountain featuring the elegant sculpture of a poised lady, flanked by graceful marble elephant statues. The marble elephants, each sculpted from a single block of stone, stand as sentinels at various corners of the garden. These majestic elephant sculptures are a testament to the craftsmanship of the artisans of that era, showcasing intricate carvings and attention to detail.

The manicured garden of Sahelion ki Bari is marked by impeccably preserved greenery, featuring enchanting trees, shrubs, and blossoming plants. A rose garden in the campus boasts of having more than hundred varieties of roses. The garden also houses a museum showcasing an extensive collection from royal households. Among the exhibits, you'll find intriguing glimpses of the past through old photographs and peculiar items like stuffed cobras and other animals.

The pavilions, known as 'kiosks' or 'chhatris,' are delicately carved from marble and adorned with exquisite detailing. These pavilions served as meeting points for the queen and her companions, where they could engage in conversations, cultural performances, and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

The garden has been witness to countless cultural events and festivities over the centuries. Traditional music and dance performances, often organized for the entertainment of the royal court, echo the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. These events continue to be celebrated in modern times, attracting tourists and locals alike. Saheliyon ki Bari is not merely a relic of the past; it is a living heritage that continues to inspire artists, architects, and enthusiasts. The conservation efforts undertaken to preserve the garden ensure that future generations can marvel at its beauty and learn from the architectural and cultural legacy it represents. As visitors wander through the marble pathways, amidst the fragrance of blooming flowers and the symphony of fountains, they are transported to an era of regal elegance and artistic brilliance, making Saheliyon ki Bari an indispensable chapter in the story of Rajasthan's majestic past.

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