The Sahelion ki Bari or the Garden of the Maids of Honour was designed as a peaceful retreat outside the old city of Udaipur. This beautiful garden is said to have been built by Maharana Sangram Singh II in 1710-1734 for the 48 girls, received as part of his dowry. The garden is well known for its lush green lawns, marble art, and fountains. It has a white marble chhatri fountain in the center and black marble chhatris at the corners. Outside this courtyard are fountains, pools, lawns, flowers, and trees. Many of the fountains present here are made of cast iron. They were made in England and would not be out of place in an English seaside resort. The large circular fountain pool is ornamented with marble elephants and fountains. This garden presents a perfect fusion of Indian and English style of architecture.
Saheliyon Ki Bari, one of the most beautiful and popular destinations of Udaipur is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake. Apart from scenic beauty the garden also possesses a museum, of which the main attraction is some stuffed cobras.
After a few years, Maharana Bhopal Singh imported some fountains from England and built a pavilion of rain fountains in 1889. One can also see some of the cenotaphs made of marbles inside the garden.
The terraces of these cenotaphs have water fountains shaped like birds from whose beaks water gushes out in thin sprays like the singing rain – producing a wonderful sight.
All these things make Sahelion ki Bari an interesting place to visit. During the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh, the flood occurred in Fateh Sagar lake and damaged some part of the Sahelion ki Bari but the king reconstructed it to give the present form.
Location- The Maharana Pratap Airport is 25 km away from Saheliyon-ki-Bari. The Udaipur railway station is also just a mile away. Tourists can easily hire a cab or rickshaw to reach the historic garden.
Timings– The Saheliyon-ki-Bari is opened from 8 am to 5 pm.