Major Attractions: Saraswati Library, Navlakha Mahal, Toy Train, Gulab Bagh Zoo, Kamal Talai, Miraj Jyotish Upovan.
Ideal Visit Time: The best time to visit the Gulab Bagh is between the months of September to March.
About Gulab Bagh
Gulab Bagh (Sajjan Niwas Garden) is the largest garden in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. It’s situated at the center of the city, spread from the edges of Surajpole and Udiapole area, and the nearest colonies are Nayio ki Talai, Choti Brahmpuri, Kalaji-Goraji and Mograwadi. It is spread over 100 acres (40 ha) of land. The garden has innumerable varieties of roses. Gulab Bagh gets its name from the abundance of rose flowers it has. Gulab Bagh is an old sub-city level park. There are lush green campuses and many interesting places including ponds, libraries, zoological parks, temples and several government offices. It has 12 Bovri’s, 5 Tubewells, 1 Large Pond, 1 Zoological Park, Some Of The Temples – Arya Samaj, Hanuman, Dargah and a range of Government offices like 2 forest Offices, 2 PHED Offices, 1 PWD Office, 1 Library etc. The park has 4 entrance gates, which are designed artistically as old masonry structure. Only 2 of the 4 gates are open to the general public and 2 operational entries. The gates have decent parking facilities and currently have 350 wheeler cars and 50 car parking facilities inside the park. The whole park is surrounded by a boundary wall, 3-5 meters high and is made of a mixture of concrete, stone and brick.
History Of Gulab Bagh
Gulab Bagh, also known as “Sajjan Niwas Garden”, built it by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1887. It is the fourth largest zoo in the semi-continent. It is spread over 66 acres and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and largest gardens in Rajasthan. In the garden there is a lotus pond and many distinguished trees with many species of mango, guava, grape, lemon, pod, malabury, ryan, pomegranate, banana, sapota, acacia, bull’s heart, litchi, Arjun tree, wood apple, corunda, camper, citron, berries, pomelo, sweet neem, curry lime, ficus species, anola, jack fruit, dhanvarzia, grandi flora, jasmine, daud and so on. A small pond existed in the garden before it was demolished to construct the Water Works complex. In this pond is a water lily, Victoria sp. was initially planted. Victoria’s leaves can withstand a baby in a chair placed on it, which is a common property for all the water lilies in the genus due to the structure of the plant. The Garden draws it name as Gulab Bagh due to the presence of a ranch where variety roses can be found in abundance. The garden was also called Bada Bagh but the name dropped has out of popular use.
On the occasion of Maharana Fateh Singh, in the 5th, various flowers and vegetables were organized in the garden. For the amusement at the zoo, a fight was conducted between a lion or a tiger and a wild boar. Then in the fifth decade, zoos included a number of rare species, including black leopards, rhinos, ostriches, zebras, and hulk gibbers. Most of the animals were transferred to other zoos in India after independence.
Let’s talk about some attractive places of Gulab Bagh:
Gulab Bagh encompasses a library, Saraswati Library, which was originally a museum known as Victoria Hall Museum. This was the first museum in the whole of Rajasthan, constructed by Maharan Fateh Singh in 1887, which was made operational for public on 1 November 1890. In 1968, the museum was relocated to City Palace and renamed as the Pratap Museum, when the building was transformed into a public library. The museum is still famous for its collection of antiques, curios, royal household items and other interesting relics of the past. The library contains more than 32,000 books on history, archeology, indology and several manuscripts dating back to the early Middle Ages. There are 26215 books in the RRLF section, 3800 books in the Kids section. After registering with the library, several books are available for reading for 14 days. It has a large statue of Queen Victoria carved in white marble. This statue was originally placed in a large garden just outside the library. But after independence, around 1948, this statue was replaced with one of Mahatma Gandhi’s to cherish the victory of nationalism.
Gulab Bagh has a Nabalakha Mahal or Nalakha Palace, a religious place of Aryan society. It is located in the center of most of the entire garden. It is considered as a place where Dayananda Saraswati, the founder of the Aryan society, spent his spiritual life.
There is also a small train that meanders within the zoo. It is open for kids as well as adults, and there is a nominal fees for the ride. The train station is named as Luv Kush Railway Station.
Gulab Bagh Zoo
Located in a zoo garden, a short distance away through rose trees and open gardens. The zoo is very small. Animals and birds of different species are kept in cages. There is enough fun for kids who can be seen craning their necks to get a glimpse of a tiger or bear.
There is a huge artificial water body named as Kamal Talai, situated towards north-eastern end of Gulab Bagh. It is an oval-like structure, consisting of four bridges connecting with each other at the central junction.
Miraj Jyotish Upovan
There is an Acupressure Park called ‘Miraj Jyotish Upovan’ built and maintained by Miraj Product Corporate Group. It contains donated tiles to increase blood circulation in the human body. It exhibits numerous ayurvedic and non-ayurvedic plants throughout the path of acupressure.
How To Reach
Since Golab Bagh does not have its own transport station, you have to go to Udaipur first. Then you can easily go to the Golab Bagh by hiring a taxi or cab.
Trains such as Mewar Express, Annanya Express, Gwalior-Udaipur Express and Chetak Express run on a daily basis connecting the city with Ahmadabad, Sealdah and Ajmer. Once you reach the station, you can hire an auto-rickshaw or take one of the many city buses or taxis to get down in the city.