5 ingenious things to see in Sahelion ki Bari, Udaipur

Sahelion ki Bari is one of the best places that I visited during my Udaipur trip. The name ‘Sahelion ki Bari’ means ‘ Garden of the Maidens’. It is a garden constructed by Rana Sangram Singh, one of the kings of Udaipur for his daughter – the princess. Apparently, the princess loved rain and water a lot. But it doesn’t rain here all the time. And the king had to fulfill his dear daughter’s wishes of seeing the rain and playing with water every single day. So, he ingeniously got this garden crafted to fulfill her desire.

Now, that’s the advantage of being a princess. You got your wishes to get fulfilled, no matter how impossible they are!!! So, the king got this garden constructed. Here the queen, princess and their maidens and friends could have a relaxing experience amidst the (artificial) rains. No matter which month or which season of the year it was. And the garden is marked by so many ingenious techniques which make it unique. And also a must visit when in Udaipur. Here goes my own list of things that we got to truly admire for their ingenuity while we walked through Sahelion ki Bari.

The beautiful fountains & pipelines of Sahelion ki Bari

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A beautiful fountain at Sahelion ki Bari

As you walk inside from the entrance, both sides of the pathway are lined with beautiful small fountains. Had they been constructed in the modern era, we won’t have been surprised in the least at their existence and operation. But given the fact that they were constructed and operated at a time when even electricity was not there, they are indeed ingenious. There is a huge network of huge to tiny pipelines below the fountains, with valves at different points to control the pressure. These fountains are purely operated on pressure technique.

The huge bath area of Sahelion ki Bari

As you move further, you arrive at an entrance door that leads into a huge bath area. In the center of this area lies a huge swimming pool. And there is a beautiful fountain in the middle of this pool. So, this was obviously used by the ladies for taking bath and relaxing in the water. Alas, when we arrived here, the pool was undergoing a maintenance. So we couldn’t see the fountain in operation. But we would have so much loved to.

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Huge Bath Area and swimming pool at Sahelion ki baari

Behind the pool is a long array of changing rooms. But just like everything else here, they are not just ordinary changing rooms. Pipelines run upto the roof of these rooms carrying water. And then the water falls into the pool from the beautifully carved openings from the roof. If you picture it all in totality – a pool of water with a beautiful fountain in the middle sprinkling water all over,.Then water falling from the room from behind. If I were in the middle of this pool, I would no doubt feel like enjoying in a beautiful pond in the middle of heavy rain 🙂

The rain water sprinkler fountains of Sahelion ki Bari

As you step out of the bath area and venture towards the left of it’s entrance, you arrive at yet another interesting part of the garden. This part is called “Savan Bhado”. Actually, Savan and Bhado are the names of two months in the Hindu Calendar. And these months get the maximum rainfall. It is a well maintained garden with fountains all around. These fountains act like water sprinklers when turned on. So, as you walk through the garden while these fountains are in swing, you will get the feel of walking amidst the greenery in the soft drizzle. And thus, the name “Savan Bhado”. I wonder how much thought went into producing the different kind of rain experience in this garden , that also amidst nature. And I also couldn’t help but wonder how ingeniously the name of this section of the garden was choosen.

The lotus pond of Sahelion ki Bari

Next, crossing the Savan Bhado area, you arrive at an area with a huge pond like water body in the middle, surrounded by garden on the sides. It is located just behind the changing rooms of the bath area that you visited before. This is called “Lotus pond” because, as obvious from the first look of it, the water body is full of beautiful lotus plantation. It is, definitely, one of the most prominent structures inside Sahelion ki Bari. Again, in the center lies a beautiful fountain, marked by the sculpture of a standing lady. And the sides are marked by beautiful marble elephant statues. By the time we arrived in this area, it was almost getting dark.

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Lotus pond at Sahelion ki Bari

The place looked so beautiful in the light of the dusk accompanied by the lighting in the park that were being gradually turned on. The lotus are in full bloom in the pond. Looks like it is quiet well maintained.

Walking a little further you will spot a pretty sitting area. I don’t know why but it is fenced now, so, visitors don’t have the liberty of enjoying a seat here, like the maidens and queens would have done in the past. Guess it is done to preserve and maintain the structure better since it is centuries old now. Nevertheless, it is beautiful. And we managed a few beautiful snaps through the fencing 🙂

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A nice seating at lotus pond in Sahelion ki baari

The manicured garden of Sahelion ki Bari

As you walk further, gradually you will make a full circle of the whole Sahelion ki Bari garden. Throughout your walk, you will be passing through beautiful greenery that is very well maintained to date. It comprises of beautiful trees, bushes and flowering plants. Although I can understand how easy it is to maintain a garden as of today. But to think of this lush green garden maintained in the era when Sahelion ki Bari was originally conceived! It must have taken an ingenious set of devices to do so, and a lot of labor as well. Also, given the fact it gets really hot during the summer months in Udaipur, with sun scorching high and burning most of the plantations dry, I couldn’t help but wonder how the garden would have been maintained at that point of time.

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Menicured Garden at Sahelion ki baari

However, that’s the whole point of Sahelion ki Bari. The message that I carried from here was that nothing is impossible if you want and get determined to make it happen. And secretly I did wish I were a princess for sometime – wherein some of my own impossible dreams like this rain all the time, any time, could be fulfilled without me having to work so hard towards it 😀 . No wonder – we all want to be a princess (or at least treated like one) for some times here and there in our life.

Overall , Sahelion ki Bari is a refreshing, delightful compact garden to visit in Udaipur city which otherwise bustles with lots of palaces, forts, temples and lakes. We loved the evening that we spent here and I am sure you too will love yours.

Tips on visiting Sahelion ki Bari

  1. Since it is an open garden, best will be to visit it early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not so harsh.
  2. Also, it requires around 1-2 hours to walk through the garden at a slow pace , stopping and admiring the beauty around.
  3. And this is one structure that is open till late in the evening (8pm), so you can plan to stop here by the end of your trip. We did the same.
  4. The garden is located quiet close to Fateh Sagar Lake and Shilpgram. You can conveniently club a visit to Sahelion ki Bari along with these two. You can have a boating done on the Fateh Sagar Lake, visit Nehru Garden that is in the middle of the lake and then head to Sahelion ki Bari next.
  5. While, there is a minimal entrance ticket, it can be conveniently purchased at the entry gate of the garden.
  6. You can hire a guide at the entrance of the garden who can walk you around, filling you in with stories that are relevant to different sections of the garden. But the choice is up to you. You can as well visit on your own. Since the place is very well designed and not so huge. So, you won’t have any problem navigating through it.
  7. Wear comfortable cotton cloths and comfortable walking shoes.
  8. Also, carry a bottle of water with you.

Sahelion ki Bari , Udaipur, Rajasthan , India

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103 Responses

  1. […] The plan was to go to Shilpgram and spend around an hour and then head to the next site – Sahelion ki Bari and finally have a boat ride on the lake before calling it a day. However, Little did we know that […]

  2. […] reached Sahelion ki Bari by 5 in the evening. The word “Sahelion ki Bari” means “Female friends […]

  3. 🙂 A dad who loved his daughter, who happened to be king. What engineers he had!

  4. Sounds like an interesting place. India seems to have an abundant amount of places that we do not have anything even close to in Europe. Well, India is still on my list of countries I need to visit one day. 🙂

    • Definitely India has a lot of diversity. It has all kind of places – hill stations, valleys, pasture lands, beaches, gardens, forts and palaces, ancient temples, culture, art, craft.. and I can go on and on. I have not explored out of India much. But, I know the world has counted hidden treasures of beautiful places all over

  5. travellingslacker

    Udaipur is one fo those biig destinations that somehow have eluded me while I have pursued lesser known places. It s great that you have explored only one attraction in so much detail. This is the kind of thing one needs while explorng a city.

    • Thank you! I live in a metro and I guess because of that, Udaipur appeared to me like a very sweet and small town. I really loved the aura there.

  6. Udaipur really has some amazing outdoor sites to see. Thanks for those tips on when to go to the garden, early morning sounds good to me too and then there might be smaller crowds! Great idea to bring a water bottle!

    • Thanks Mike. Udaipur has so many wonderful places to see, it’s really helpful to plan out your itinerary roughly

  7. Well, I guess being daughter of a king has its perks 😉 this sounds like a lovely place and it’s incredible que engineering behind this place that allows the water to flow everywhere. And we’re talking centuries ago.

  8. it’s so stunning there! the colours in that fountain are so vibrant 🙂

  9. I’ve only visited to Jaipur on a business trip but never got the chance to explore the entire Rajasthan. Udaipur always fascinates me with its rich history and story. I’d love to visit there someday in my life!

    • I liked Udaipur very much, much more than Jaipur, because the town is small and clean and beautiful.

  10. That photos give a wonderful sense of the beautiful location. I really enjoyed the gardens.

  11. Such amazing places and beautiful photos! The colors of the buildings and fountains is amazing! And that giant garden with the elephants looks so incredible!

  12. I have a thing for public baths, I think they are the epitome of the human experience. Enjoying oneself in sync with nature and others!

    Your posts are always well informed and resourceful — thank you for sharing!

  13. I want to be a princess so I can get my every wish fulfilled lol! I certainly wouldn’t wish for rain though 🙂 What a beutiful dedication of love from a father to his little girl

    • And then he was also capable of fulfilling any absurd wish that his daughter made. I guess that also matters a lot 😀

  14. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes when I travel, I forget to double check my itinerary and compare it with the weather or temperature. I appreciate your tips especially to visit the park early in the morning or evening, or when you recommend to visit one part that will be open til 6PM the last. Thank you for such an informative post!

  15. What a stunning place to visit. I love lotus flowers. That pond is magic. Beautiful images!

  16. Hi Neha, I am a solo traveler and i really like how you suggest to visit during the morning or afternoon and why. This is something we sometimes don’t think about but is so important. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Anna. Sometimes, when the weather of the place you are visiting is very different from your own, it’s difficult to adjust and you might need to know what time of the day will be best to visit 🙂 So, we thought it will be really helpful for others

  17. The advantage of being a princess. You always get your wishes fulfilled. It must have been quite difficult to maintain such a beautiful garden in the olden days. We will never get answers for such things now.

    • You are right Soumya. Wish we could have more and more of such gardens all over India

  18. I didn’t realize that there is fountains that shoot water that predate electricity. That is really cool they were able to engineer a fountain without an electric pump. I guess now we just take electricity for granted.

    • So true. We take so many things for granted in our modern world. But when we venture out and look at these magnificent creations of the older world, then we are forced to stop and wonder

  19. I love how colorful everything in India seems to be! Wonderful photos. Loved learning about this place.

    • Thank you! You are right, India is very colorful in all possible ways – be it food, culture, dressing or places 🙂

  20. Hey! I have been there and got some beautiful pics as well… reading your article was cherishing the old memories again… truely beautiful and must visit place..

  21. youngbrokeandwandering

    Wow I would love to visit India it looks beautiful. Those lily pads are astounding! I’ve never heard of this place but definitely adding it to my Indian bucketlist!

    • They are indeed very beautiful. As someone here said, imagine how they would look when in full bloom..

  22. I read lots of articles about udaypur recently. And finally this year of 2017 I am going to backpack udaypur. Thanks a lot for keeping me posted on this place neha.

  23. Udaipur is a great city. I enjoyed my time there so much and was able to experience so much. I found the only western cafe and enjoyed a latte there as an elephant walked by me 🙂 This was near the fort. Also while there I did an art lesson. I am sad that I missed most of the attractions you have mentioned, but it gives me an excuse to go back.

    • Exactly Janine. We always need excuses to return back as soon as possible to the places we loved. Even I fell in love with Udaipur completely

  24. It’s a beautiful place. I remember going there as a kid on a hot afternoon and it gave us all the shade we needed. That lotus pond is beautiful – wouldn’t it look amazing in full bloom!

    • It definitely would. You made me want to go back and see it again when the garden is in full bloom

  25. Love the photos! I’ve been to India it is a fascinating country.

  26. I love Udaipur… the palaces … the lakes… the gardens! What is the best time of the day to visit? Is there an entrance fee?

    • I guess it will be better towards the evening as it’s mostly outdoors. And yes, there is a small entrance fee.

  27. Looks like a beautiful place and your pictures are wonderful! I love a nice garden and this is one to visit for sure!

  28. hairtothereblog2

    That Lotus pond looks amazing, as do all of the attractions you’ve listed! Looks like such a rich and interesting area to explore!

    • It indeed is a very interesting and beautiful garden in Udaipur, a must visit we would say

  29. That photo of the bath area looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to explore the Roman Baths in England, but it is nice to know that there is also one of equal in beauty in Asia!

    • Only you can’t really go take bath here 🙂 but indeed it is very beautiful

  30. the sitting area in the lotus pond area looks beautiful. Would love to see it if I ever visit!

  31. Oh wow. At my college, seniors had a tradition of going “fountain hopping” all over campus. I keep thinking of that seeing all those fountains. Of course that would make for one terrible tourist. I hope I can visit this place one day (sans fountain hopping.)

    • We wish you a happy time when you visit here. I think you will definitely like this place..and there are some very small fountains, a few inches tall. You can easily hop around them 🙂

  32. I’m yet to visit Rajasthan and its high time I visit the colorful state! Thanks for letting me know about these gorgeous options I have in Udaipur! The bath area looks splendid!

    • Its a pleasure Bhushavali. When you visit Rajasthan, we will be more than happy if our writings come to your use in any possible way at that time.

  33. Perfect combination or architecture and nature. It’s always nice to see a well kept garden and I am a fan of Rajasthani architecture. The Lotus Pond looks wonderful.

    • Even I am a big fan of Rajasthani culture. The garden is indeed very beautiful

  34. Alessandra

    So many cultural and beautiful things to see in this garden! It looks beautiful!

  35. Wow! It’s good to be a princess! Thanks for all the tips to make visiting Sahelion ki Bari easier. Looks like it was an amazing day for you.

  36. My mom would love this place. She loves flowers, garden, fountain and this place is full of flowers and fountains. A perfect place for mom. This is so beautiful. Thankyou for introducing this beautiful place of our Country 🙂

    • Thanks Ashwathy. You take your mom there some day if she likes this kind of place. She will definitely like this well maintained beautiful garden

  37. Ah yes, the gardens all look so beautiful! I would love to visit and see the vibrant flowers and fountains in person!

  38. I loved the Saawan Bhado fountain and the Lotus lake the most. I personally loved the whole concept of this Queen’s garden…something that I think got replicated in the Sisodiya Rani Garden in Jaipur. After all the Queen was from Udaipur 😀

    • We missed to visit Sisodiya Rani Garden when in Jaipur. But glad to know it is built on similar concepts. The concept is really ingenious

  39. The lotus pond and manicured garden both look really pretty. I’d love to check it out sometime. And thanks for including the tips on visiting – I always look up what to know before visiting so it’s nice to have it all in one place 🙂

  40. It is beautiful indeed one of my favorite in Udaipur. I loved the tips you mentioned at last. They are of a great help for a visitor.

  41. According to me, Udaipur is the most romantic of all Indian destinations with the Lake Pichola and the City Palace and gardens like Saheliyon ki Bari…it just make you feel so special and royal. Wonderful pictures in your post.

    • You are right, even I liked Udaipur the most of all the places I visited in Rajasthan so far. I simply fell in love with the small town

  42. Sahelion ki Bari looks neat! I like the Lotus Pond and the Huge Bath Area. I’d love to take some photos of those water lilies.

  43. I think it is one of its kind in whole of Rajasthan no?
    Lovely captures. When I was there it was drizzling.

    • Wow..then you really got to feel the essence of Sahelion ki Bari 🙂 It is indeed one of a kind

  44. I really loved the place when we were in Udaipur a couple of years ago. The garden is so beautiful and has a wonderful romantic aura about it.

  45. PackYourBaguios

    What a beautiful garden! I love the story behind it and all of the vibrant colors! The tips are very helpful, too.

  46. What a beautiful garden to explore. All the fountains give it a lot of character.

  47. Great list 🙂 This place is so beautiful!! I haven’t heard for this place before!!

  48. All these ingenious things are amazing. I have to say that I especially like the lotus pond at Sahelion ki Bari. It is just an idyllic image from a dream.

  49. Looks amazing! Those fountains are so pretty! Beautiful photos!

  50. That was one place I wanted to go in Rajasthan but didn’t get a chance to! Maybe next time. Very informative post!

  51. I have been wanting to get here for ages, looks utterly amazing!

  52. I hope to get to India one day! All of the photos and travel blogs of those who travel there show it to be a beautiful and diverse place- I also love the food. hopefully I’ll get there soon!

    • Wish you a happy journey and I am sure whenever you visit here, you will love the diversity of places and things on offer

  53. This garden looks so colorful! I could see my son wanting to explore all around! And the boating sounds fun!

    • My daughter had a lovely time here Marcie so I can say definitely your son will have too

  54. I’ve honestly never heard of this place before. But after seeing your beautiful photos and the many amazing things to see, I’ll have to be on the lookout for this!

    • ha ha .. thank you! This is a garden in Udaipur, Rajasthan in India. Udaipur is quiet famous for it’s beautiful palaces and lakes. So, you will get plenty to read about it if you check out the net.

  55. The lily pads in the lotus pond of Sahelion Ki Bari are huge.

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