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The Garden of the Maids of Honour was designed as a peaceful retreat outside the old city of Udaipur. The garden is said to have been made for the 48 girls Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-1734) received as part of his dowry. Having been damaged by a breach of the Fateh Sagar dam in the late nineteenth century, the gardens were re-built. Their central feature is a beautiful courtyard with a central tank. It has a white marble chhatri fountain in the centre and black marble chhatris at the corners. Outside this courtyard are fountains, pools, lawns, flowers and trees. Many of the fountains are in brightly coloured 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. It is a well-maintained and attractive garden, interesting to garden historians as an example of the Mixed Style, which Humphry Repton would have admired. The nineteenth century was a time when English gardens incorporated Indian features and Indian gardens used English features.

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  • almost 7 years by Charlotte 4 / 5

    This really is a lovely garden, particularly at this time of year when the monsoon has brought rain to this magical city. Part of the garden's charm is to see the local people enjoying themselves as they admire the lush lawns and water gardens that were built in the 18th century and are now being restored to their former glory. This makes a very welcome break from the constant buzz of Udaipur, with its traffic and vendors.

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Sahelion-Ki-Bari, India Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
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