Udaipur Gardens : Flora and Founa
Nature gifted the ‘Garden City’ of Udaipur with abundance of water and richness of soil, and man carved out of them beautiful gardens—the well known resorts of leisure and pleasure for tourists visiting this city. Large gardens and orchard are integrated part of the history of Udaipur. Their location and size represent the balance between the natural landforms of the city and built environment.
Sahelion-ki-Badi (Girl Friends’ Garden or Honoured Girls’ Garden) is a small ornamental garden, just adjoining the east of the embankment of Fatehsagar lake was constructed in its present form by Maharana Fateh Singh after the original garden had been washed away on account of the breach of its old embankment. This unique garden made for Princess & Queen
A profusion of flowers, well laid court-yards and lotus-pool studded with water fountains guarded by four marble elephants—each elephant sculptured out of a single piece of stone—will feast the eyes of visitors. Spacious and well maintained lawns beautified by blooming flowers and the setting of huge groves of trees present a spectacular sight to enjoy.
The fountains at Saheliyon Ki Bari give a marvelous feeling of rain without monsoon. The technique of operating the fountains is energy conserving and oriented upon the gravitational force principle. When the fountains are in their showery action creating rain-like sounds, white elephants emit water through their lovely trunks on lotus leaves, water rains down the circular eaves of the chhatri standing in a huge water pool—visitors find themselves amidst the rain-like scenes and atmosphere
to be seen, believed and enjoyed.
The garden has assumed the attraction of one of the glamour spots of the city for cine-film-shooters and has contributed considerably to the scenic beauty of a number of film pictures.
On completing his visit of the garden, the visitor will feel himself carried-into a fairy-land permeated with romantic air. The garden is open to visitors from morning to evening during scheduled hours.
SAJJAN NIWAS GARDEN (Gulab Bagh)
Gulab Bagh is the biggest garden in the city has a large collection of various species of Indian plants and herbs. Sajjan-Niwas garden, covering about a-100-acre-area and having plentiful verdure, was laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh (1859-74). It has electrically lit and well planned tarred roads, well maintained spacious lawns, a good museum, a library (containing rarest and valuable paintings, manuscripts and books of historical importance). main water pumping station and water reservoir of the recently laid out comprehensive water supply scheme are also here.
The garden, apart from its commercial value, is actually a Zoological & Botanical garden with Wild Life Park in it. The administration has protected and revitalized this garden gradually. A visit to this spacious garden and various places in it will soothe the soul and enrich the mind of visitors.
Nehru garden is beautifully developed by PWd and is located in the island of Fateh sagar Lake. Boating facility is available to get in the park.
MANIKYA LAL VERMA GARDEN, Machala Magra
The Manikya Lal Verma Garden, at Dudh Talai, carved out of a rugged rock at an attractive eminence is on the Fateh Sagar Drive. It is permeated with inviting atmosphere to provide passers- by with a soothing halt and a viewsome change from the monotonous expansion of water of the lake in front.
The grandeur of this garden lies in its wall maintained smallness. A peep from the eminence at the vast sheet of water reflected by mountains, gives a panoramic view of Nature’s beauty and the sinking sun blessing the parting evening with its golden hand’ which appear quivering through the ripplets of the gloomy lake. This park is developed by Nagar Parishad (Municipal Council) Udaipur.
DEENDAYAL UPADHYAY GARDEN
It is another beautiful garden developed around the Doodhtalai by Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) Udaipur, the local development authority. Both the hill gardens are well maintained and give the terrace view of lakes and natural beauty. On the other hand it is the Sunset point. Behind the long range of Arravallis the sun sets in another hemisphere. The scene over the lakes gives new thoughts to poets, authors and inspiration to lovers. The musical fountain in Deendayal Upadhyay garden attracts tourists and local residents.
The Pearl Hill covers the eastern coastal area of Fateh Sagar. Well-maintained rock garden with the monuments of Maharana Pratap and his patriot colleagues cannot be missed. The statue of Maharana Pratap mounted on his beloved horse Chetak creates the scene of the battle of Haldi Ghati in mind.
Other Gardens to visit
Rajiv Gandhi Park, Rani Road (Under construction)
UIT Wolkem Park, Near Swaroop Sagar
Sanjay Gandhi Garden, Rani Road
Nehru Bal Udhyan, Town Hall
Guru Govind Singh Park
Mohta Park (For small public meetings and get-together)