Gulab Bagh Udaipur- Oldest Zoo and Garden in Udaipur.
Gulab Bagh, which is also popular as Udaipur Zoo, is one of the oldest zoos and gardens in Udaipur, Rajasthan. spread over an area of 100 acres (40 ha) acres, Gulab Bagh is also the largest Bagh or Garden in Udaipur.
The Word Gulab means “Rose”, whereas Bagh means a “park” or garden. Initially, It was named Sajjan Niwas garden, but later renamed Gulab Bagh because rose flowers are found here in abundance.
It is an old Sub-City Level Park in Udaipur, Rajasthan. With ponds, a library, a zoological park, temples, and several government offices, Gulab Bagh is one of the best attractions in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Location of Gulab Bagh
Gulab Bagh is a fun place situated near the Surajpole area of Udaipur. It is the largest Bagh spreads from the edges of the Suraj pole and the Udia pole area. The road or area outside Gulab Bagh is known as Gulab Bagh Road.
Map of Gulab Bagh, Udaipur
History of Gulab Bagh
Initially, it was mainly known as Sajjan Niwas Garden, which was built by “Maharana Fateh Singh” in 1887. It is considered as the fourth oldest zoo in the semi-continent.
It spans over 70 acres of land and is also one of the most beautiful as well as the largest gardens in Rajasthan.
By Maharana Sajjan Singh’s volition, a horticulturist from Madras named T.H. Story was hired in 1882 to stock the garden with medicinal plants on the 66.5 acres of land and worked there till 1920.
This garden consisted of a Lotus Pond and many beautiful trees that included many species of mangoes, guava, grapes, lemon, bor, mulberry, Rayan, pomegranate, bananas, sapota, tamarind, bullock’s heart (Ramphal), lichi, Arjun trees, etc.
During the year 1882, all the trees had their name-plates denoting English, Hindi, and systematic botanical names, which are no longer visible.
It also has a museum earlier named Victoria museum now known as Saraswati Bhawan Library. Initially, Its foundation stone was laid by Maharana Sajjan Singh on 2 November 1890.
finally, It was inaugurated by Lord Lansdown. Mr. Gauri Shankar Ojha, who was also appointed as the first curator of this museum appointed in the year 1890.
Also, the museum had many ancient and rare artifacts and stone manuscripts, dated 3rd Centaury B.C. to 17th Centaury A.D.
Further, on 19 February 1890, the British Prince Albert Victor unveiled a stone statue of Queen Victoria in front of the Victoria Museum, which was later replaced with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Gulab Bagh Entry Fees and Timings
The minimum entry fee to visit this garden is Rs. 25/ person for Entry to the Garden, Rs. 5/person for Zoo Entry Fee and Rs. 15 for Camera Fee (only for the zoo)
|Monday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Tuesday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Wednesday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Thursday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Friday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Saturday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Sunday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
Timings of Gulab Bagh
Things to do at Gulab Bagh
Gulab Bagh also includes a library, the Saraswati Library, which was initially known as the Victoria Hall Museum. During that time, it was the first museum in the entire Rajasthan.
This library has a collection of over 32000 books related to history, archaeology, Indology, and several manuscripts that date back to the early medieval period.
In addition, it has an RRLF section with 26215 books as well as a kids’ section, which has around 3800 books.
Navlakha Mahal or Navlakha Palace is a religious place especially built by Arya samaj in Gulab bagh. It is located in the middle of the garden.
In fact, this palace is considered to be one of the places where the Arya samaj founder Dayananda Saraswati had spent his spiritual life.
A few years ago, a toy train was also started to visit the zoo, which is open to children as well as adults. The name of the train station is known as Luv Kush railway station.
Gulab Bagh Zoo:
Gulab bagh zoo is the main attraction located in the garden and has a variety of animals in cages.
In addition, there is an artificial water body named Kamal Talai, located in the north-eastern end of Gulab Bagh. It is oval-shaped, which consists of four bridges connecting at the central junction.
Miraj Jyotish Upvan:
‘Mirage Astrology Upvan’ is an acupressure park built and maintained by the Mirage Products Corporate Group. It was constructed with tiles to increase blood circulation in the human body. Apart from this, there are various Ayurvedic as well as non-Ayurvedic plants in the acupressure route.
How to reach Gulab Bagh
You can easily reach Gulab bagh(Sajjan Niwas Garden) by taking Local Buses, Auto-Rickshaws, and Cabs.
Places to visit near Gulab Bagh
Things to keep in mind while visiting Gulab Bagh
1. You can take beautiful pictures at Gulab bagh as Photography is allowed here.
2. Also, It is our moral duty to preserve our nature, therefore do not throw any garbage in the garden.
Finally, we can say if you are a nature lover, then you must visit Gulab Bagh in Udaipur, Rajasthan.