Video: Fountains @ Sahelion Ki Bari in Udaipur on my wheelchair
Most of us are familiar with the modern light and sound shows that are put up with the use of musical fountains of varying length and breadth.
But this Sahelion Ki Bari (aka Garden of the Maidens), built over 300 years ago, is nothing but pure magic. The Maharana specially created Fatehsagar lake so that it’s stored water can be used in this garden. Because of the higher elevation of the lake, water would flow into the fountains without the use of any motors.
Magical fountains at ‘accessible’ Sahelion Ki Bari
They are a total of five fountains with one of them in the centre. At any time in the surrounding four fountains, if you start clapping rigorously, the strength of the water flow increases. It was a truly magical moment to see my family clapping and the intensity of water in the fountain go higher.
Accessible pathways at Sahelion Ki Bari
At the entrance is the Welcome fountain that goes along the pathway. Further down is Savan Badho. When you close your eyes and listen, you will feel like it’s raining. The Kamal Talai fountain pond is filled with Lotus plants. It is said that the king and queen would sit on opposite sides of this fountain and watch the artisans perform. The fourth fountain is in Raas Leela area where the royalty enjoyed playing Holi. The fifth is Bin Badal Barsaat that the Maharana created especially for his daughter. This is the only inaccessible place in the entire garden because of its steps.
Way to Saavan Bhado Fountain
Kamal Talai Fountain
Elephant statue at Kamal Talai Fountain
Bin Badal Barsaat Fountain
Overall, there are pathways leading to all the fountains, except one, and through the beautiful flower gardens. Sahelion Ki Bari is clearly one of the most accessible places in Udaipur and no wheelchair user should miss this.