Udaipur is known as the city of lakes and the Lake Pichola is one of its grandest lakes. At least that’s where every tourist is first headed or rather directed by everyone. But this city has plenty of quaint little nooks where one can relax for a bit, surrounded by nature.
One such nook is the courtyard of maidens or the saheliyon ki baari. This is a gorgeous garden built by the King Sangram Singh for his bride and her 48 handmaidens. He wanted to gift them a quiet secluded corner in the kingdom, away from the hustle bustle of his court.
The garden is laid out with manicured green lawns, four pools, marble elephants, lily ponds, bird baths and feeders and several fountains. There is a small yet gracious building which is now the museum which houses artefacts and history of this royal family of Udaipur.
Lush pink Bougainvillea blooms can be found all over in this park with a pond of lilies, quietly guarded by charming elephant sculptures. The pond is bordered by little squirts of fountain sprays which diligently give out small streams of water.
One can roam around in peace and listen to the birds twitter about. It’s a great place for photography and provides a gentle respite from the desert heat in summer months. I am guessing its a much favoured spot by lovers looking to be romantic in such great surroundings 😉
Have you ever visited Udaipur? What was your favourite thing on that trip? Did you get a chance to visit Saheliyon ki baari?
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- Saheliyon ki baari have an entry fee of INR 5/-
- Its open from 9 am to 5 pm daily and there is no fee for photography.
- Udaipur is well-connected to New Delhi and other major cities by rail, road and air.
- There are some amazing homestay options in Udaipur and other hospitality choices to suit every pocket.
- The Mewar festival in March-April is a happening event in Udaipur and it would be great if you can visit at that time.