In all Indian cities, even in the most crowded and chaotic, there is an oasis of peace. Small orders where you can take refuge and forget for a few hours of the jungle of traffic, the excitement and the horns. Jaipur also houses its small paradises. Just 10 kilometers from the Pink City, on the road from Jaipur to Agra, you will find the Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh (the gardens of Queen Sisodia), a vergel in the middle of the Rajasthani arid land. Entrance costs 20 Indian rupees and enjoyment and recreation are guaranteed. The best time to visit is from July to March.

Sisodia Jaipur Garden

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This opulent garden-palace was built in 1728, by King Sawai Jai Singh for his second wife, Queen Sisodia of Udaipur, who married on the condition that his son be the successor to the throne. Like other monuments of the time such as the Taj Mahal or Humayun’s tomb, it is a symbol of eternal love and one of the best examples of the elegance and aesthetics of Mughal architecture.

With a mountain background, it was a natural sanctuary and the place of retreat of Queen Sisodia, where she went with her court ladies. A recreation palace away from the walled city, where he could connect with nature and flee from the court of Jaipur and its political intrigues.

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh Garden in Jaipur

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The careful royal garden mixes traditional Indian designs with the Mughal style and is the perfect resonance of several levels in a frame with fountains, seasonal flower beds, iridescent water channels, painted pavilions and galleries, which merge in the center. It embodies the sensory refuge, surrounded by fragrant bushes, tall magnolia trees and peacocks that emerge among the vegetation and give us an idea of ​​the placid courtly atmosphere. It is decorated with murals of great plasticity where hunting scenes and narrative representations of the history of the immortal love of Radha and Krishna, eternal gods-lovers of Hinduism, which symbolize here the love of the Maharaja for Sisodia are embodied.

It is worth visiting the interior of the two-storey palace, ghostly and decadent, which is located at the top of the garden. It still retains carved wooden furniture, couches, mirrors and other decorative elements. Away from the passage of time, they show off their faded splendor. From the top floor the view of the garden is excellent, an ideal perspective for photography lovers.

As an added curiosity, these gardens have become in recent years a popular exterior for Indian cinema, in addition to hosting weddings and private parties. If you want to get away from the worldly noise and travel back in time to the recreational environment of the Mughal courts, be sure to visit these gardens on the outskirts of Jaipur where you can take a quiet walk between Ashoka trees, birds and aromatic plants.