Sisodia Rani Bagh: A royal tryst with nature

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The Sisodia Rani Bagh was a soothing end to my over-charged and overwhelmed senses – that I had from visiting the heritage forts and palaces of Jaipur. 10 kms from the city center of Jaipur, we ended up here just in time for a sunset. For my travel companions, it was a welcome change from the walking that they had done through the day. For me – it was just the place that I needed to collect my thoughts, absorb all that I had seen through the day and spend some time relaxing behind the lens ;-).

Sisodia Rani Bagh
Sisodia Rani Bagh

The Sisodia Rani Bagh is a perfect haven from the bustling city life. It was in fact, made as a haven for the Queen, so that she could spend some time away from the court politics. Interestingly, this place still remains peaceful and to me, still does its job of shielding people from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Sisodia Rani Bagh is a great combination of history and nature. It enthralled me on various counts and here are those reasons –

History of Sisodia Rani Bagh

I have already told you about the Saheliyon ki Bari in Udaipur. However, I happened to visit the Sisodia Rani Bagh first. The concept of the garden was quite similar to the one in Udaipur, though I found the one in Udaipur more elaborate and romantic. 🙂

The Sisodia Rani Bagh in comparison, is more serene and calm. To share my imagination – I could picture elegant Queens with their hand maidens just strolling around, quietly enjoying nature at Sisodia Rani Bagh. In contrast, I could picture mischievous Queens running around and playing with the fountains at Saheliyon ki Bari. 😉

The reason I thought of Saheliyon ki Bari is because these royal gardens were laid down for the 2nd Queen of Maharaja Jai Singh. The Queen Sisodia Rani was from the Royal family of Udaipur and since this garden was built later than the one in Udaipur, I am guessing that the Queen got this idea from her maternal home :). You can read about the rest of the history here.

History of Sisodia Rani Bagh
History of Sisodia Rani Bagh

Garden Structure at Sisodia Rani Bagh

Palace at Sisodia Rani Bagh
Palace at Sisodia Rani Bagh

The entrance to the garden is through a small palatial structure. The structure itself, was so beautiful and colorful. Different scenes from the life of Lord Krishna and Radha were painted on it and with the sun setting on it low, I had a blast capturing it. The ticketing office is located here and you can get a glimpse of what could be inside as you go in to get your tickets.

Pavilions at Sisodia Rani Bagh
Pavilions at Sisodia Rani Bagh
Smaller watch pavilions at Sisodia Rani Bagh
Smaller watch pavilions at Sisodia Rani Bagh

Once you enter the gardens, you see lots of pavilions and fountains interspersed with lots of greenery. The effect is quite soothing the eye. I felt an immediate calm rushing through me, cooling down my over-heated senses. I hope my pictures make you feel the same. 🙂

Pavilions at Sisodia Rani Bagh
Pavilions at Sisodia Rani Bagh

At some points, I felt as if the Mughal-Rajput gardens resembled the ones at Taj Mahal. Specifically, the picture above made me feel that.

Here and there are some statues of Lord Krishna and Radha. That along with the pavilion sketches and the lattice work screens add to the artistic beauty of this place.

Radha-Krishna statues within Sisodia Rani Bagh
Radha-Krishna statues within Sisodia Rani Bagh
Krishna's statue in Sisodia Rani Bagh
Krishna’s statue in Sisodia Rani Bagh

Delightful Flora and Fauna

Note the use of the word Nature in my post heading. Half the reason why this place is so beautiful are the gorgeous flowers, the trees and the chirping of thousands of winged beauties in this place. Take a look.

Floral delights at Sisodia Rani Bagh

You don’t really have to hunt hard to find the fauna. The squirrels scamper all around you as walk or even sit on the lawns. A lazy eye here and you are bound to find some woodpecker pecking away. I saw quite a few unusual birds too. However, I was so intent seeing them and absorbing them that I forget to click them for you. Also, I admit that naming these winged beauties is not my cup of cake – I know they are unusual but I really cannot identify them.

Peacock at the far end of Sisodia Rani Bagh
Peacock at the far end of Sisodia Rani Bagh

I am told that there were peacocks that used to roam around freely in this park and some still do, frequent it. Personally, I believe it –  for I found one, in the vicinity, preening and posing for me. 🙂

Sisodia Rani Bagh – A Photographer’s Paradise

Sisodia Rani Bagh
Sisodia Rani Bagh
 Sisodia Rani Bagh
Sisodia Rani Bagh

With gorgeous heritage buildings, flanked by a green paradise and its frolicking inhabitants. Sisodia Rani Bagh is a photographer’s delight. Every angle has something different for you. For me, the best part was the setting sun casting an unusual glow over this entire heritage garden.

Sunset at Sisodia Rani Bagh
Sunset at Sisodia Rani Bagh

No matter if you are a heritage photographer or a nature photographer, there is something for you here at Sisodia Rani Gardens.

 Sisodia Rani Bagh
Sisodia Rani Bagh
 Sisodia Rani Bagh
Sisodia Rani Bagh

We of course, grabbed a few memories of our own. My personal favorites were the pavilions that added a natural frame to my pictures.

Just some “Me Time”

After I had explored it and captured it, I slowed down a bit. I lay there on the grass, listening to the sounds of chirping birds and scampering squirrels and did nothing. The 5 minutes of this “Me Time” helped me soothe my senses, re-energise myself and more importantly, absorb all that I had seen and done through the day. The best part – it wasn’t just me feeling this. My travel buddies and my hubby too, took this opportunity to just sit on the lawn and gaze at infinity.

Kids at Sisodia Rani Bagh
Kids at Sisodia Rani Bagh

The kids – they too, had their “Me time” – and why not? 😉

We left the Sisodia Rani Bagh with a strange calm and headed back to our hotel in Jaipur. I know that I can never justify why you should go to this place – I mean, there isn’t anything that unusual either. If you are short of time, you likely with skip it but for me, it was a strange and unique experience. I cannot justify it beyond what I have already said.  I guess, sometimes, not everything has to have a logical reason. Sometimes, you just need to let things be. Sisodia Rani Bagh may not be unique in a logical sense, and may not always be a “Must-do” among the many things to do in Jaipur, but to me, it surely was a befitting end to a day of sightseeing in Jaipur.

Sisodia Rani Bagh

Getting here:

  • My earlier posts on Jaipur will serve as a guide to getting into this city.
  • Sisodia Rani Bagh is slightly on the outskirts, in a direction that is completely opposite to the fort area of Jaipur. There are a few buses to Sisodia Rani Bagh, but the best way to get here is to hire a cab.

Travel Tips:

  • The Sisodia Rani Bagh does come under the composite tickets. However, if you want to visit it separately, the entrance for Indians is at INR 50 while for an overseas visitor, it is INR 200.
  • The Sisodia Rani Gardens are open from 8 am to 8 pm. Given this and the distance, it is advisable to either start your day with these gardens or end it with a visit here.
  • There are no guides available here. Frankly, there isn’t too much to see and hence, you may not even need one.
  • There are no cafes or restaurants nearby. Hence, stock up your snacks and water before heading here.
  • There are decent restrooms available at the gardens.
  • When visiting in the evenings, keep a mosquito repellent handy.





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49 Responses

  1. WOW mumma !!I loved your PICTURES. WELL TAKEN!!


  2. Truly a colorful delight.. one must respect the Rajasthani folks to bring so much color to otherwise dry state. You are so right it is a photographer’s paradise with….

    • 🙂 Thank you Prasad. I could not have put it any better. They sure know how to add color to the place.

  3. Gorgeous garden and beautiful photos. That is the kind of place I could spend an entire day wandering around and taking photos. The travel tips are really useful.

  4. What a beautiful place. I could happily escape court life to here! It’s really amazing.

  5. I remember it from a long ago a college trip! Lovely pictures Ami!

  6. How beautiful and enchanting are the colors! Truly a delight. These colors bring so much of vibrance. A catchy narrative.

  7. Jatin Chhabra

    Great pics Ami, love the Squirrel one. But sadly Sisodia rani bagh has lost its place in top tourist destinations due to new Delhi Jaipur Highway which has replaced the old route where Sisodia rani bagh is. I myself have never visited the garden but after your post I am temped to visit it, which I will do this month. Keep enjoying Jaipur…

  8. The pictures are beautiful, Ami. It’s great to see that the garden and the palace are well-maintained. It’s a picturesque place…loved the flora and fauna…. frangipani being my favourite flower… 🙂

  9. Wow Ami! We are actually headed to Jaipur in September. Best time for stumbling upon these posts of yours 🙂 they are very informative, and I am feeling the excitement already 🙂 When did you visit Jaipur?

    • Just a couple of months back. Glad you are heading there soon. It is a lovely place

  10. looks awesome:-)

  11. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! grand and gorgeous place, will love to visit the place, very nicely presented with beautiful pics.

  12. Awesome place Amazing pics.

  13. Jaipur and rajasthan is been on our wishlist for so long – sigh!

  14. Lovely pictures Ami! I love how you document Rajasthan! 🙂

  15. Truly a palace fit for a queen! What an amazing place!

  16. How lovely the grounds are! I could get lost in that detail and architecture.

  17. I’m very glad you get days like that to just be “behind your lens” so we can reap the benefit of your lovely pictures. 😉 I’m assuming Lord Krishna is the same Krishna of the Hare Krishnas?

    • Thank you Melody. And yes, Lord Krishna is the same as the one in the chants – Hare Krishna.

  18. I can see why you would have felt so peaceful… The architecture is beautiful… Befitting the queen. Thanks for the travel tips. Never knew there were so many lovely places near Jaipur

  19. Wow! you have portrayed ur travel beautifully thru these pictures. Looks like an amazing place.

  20. Rajasthan is my state and I love how you’ve captured the colorful state with such passion. Loved the post!

  21. wow..this place looks really awesome. I must visit it sometime 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Hargun. You are likely to find a lot of pictures for your Musings 😀

      • You are welcome 🙂
        I could see that in your photography..! That’s indeed a great place to contemplate and click 🙂

  22. Beautiful place with such a rich history. I could definitely spend the day there wandering around.

  23. This looks so exquisite and serene. I did not know that this one was similar to Saheliyon Ki Wadi in udaipur. And yes the place is indeed a photographer’s paradise, an ideal setting for some Bollywood Epics!

    • Thanks Vyjay. It is not so similar as Saheliyon ki bari though the concept I felt, was something that was emulated from there.

  24. shobha42016

    What a pretty garden! I’m glad Queen no 2 was so high-maintenance specifying she gets to bare the heir and have her own palace – she left a beautiful legacy in these gardens.

    • Absolutely. Privileges of being beautiful and wealthy – you get what you want 😉

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