Sawan Bhado is one of the least known parks in Jaipur. I do feel this adds to its charm because it is devoid of crowd one witnesses in parks like Central Park and Jawahar Circle Park. This is in the lesser-visited areas of Ramniwas Garden, the north-western corner.
This park is influenced by the Victorian (English) gardens. And I’m not surprised because it was founded in the late 19th century during the British rule of India when European influence was dominant.
Sawan Bhado is definitely not the oldest public park in Jaipur. One of the oldest public parks in Jaipur is Jai Niwas Garden, near Govind Dev Ji Temple and City Palace. Ramniwas Garden was influenced by the Mughal Char Bagh pattern. The Mughal style was a dominant influence in architecture during the 18th century when it was founded.
During the Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II’s rule, a new public park was founded in 1868 AD. It was towards the south of the walled city of Jaipur enclosing an area of 33 acres. It came to be known as Ramniwas Bagh or garden. Here is a picture of Ram Niwas Garden during its initial years. This was clicked by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II at the time of the founding of Albert Hall Museum.
It was designed by Dr. De-Faback who based in Deoli in Tonk. The layout was inspired by the Mughal Char Bagh pattern. Later, the Prince of Wales Edward Albert VII’s visited Jaipur during an eight-month-long India trip in 1875. He laid the foundation for the Albert Hall Museum in the center of Ramniwas garden.
This had been much before the New Gate was created under the rule of Sawai Man Singh II; it did not have a thoroughfare as we see today. New Gate is one of the nine gates of Jaipur.
Sawan Bhado Park was made in Victorian style, and it has many fountains, a conservatory, a tropical house for plant acclimatization. The display of a variety of plants and trees was one of the cornerstones on which it was constructed.
Bhado is better known as Bhadrapada and coincides with August-September. I’m unsure, but I assume this park was meant to recreate the greenery one sees during the monsoon season. The monsoon lasts from July-September in North India.
Sawan Bhado Park has an extensive variety of flora. In my opinion, this is one of the most densely covered parks in Jaipur.
It is one of the few parks which has a walking path that is mostly shaded by large trees.
There are many old fountains in this park. While some are original & in pristine conditions, others have undergone renovation.
This park is designed on various levels unlike other parks in the city. The solitary exception is Smriti Van which is not a park but a forest land that has been landscaped.
Sawan Bhado Park includes the following areas
- Fern House
It has a large variety of ferns.
An information board has also been installed in the fern house about the variants that one can find here.
- Palm Garden
A section of this garden has many variants of palms. This is close to the Fern house.
- Rose Garden
- Garden Of Seasons
- Circular Fountain
- Jogging Track
There are many seating benches spread all over the park. Many of which are under shaded areas.
Trees & Plants in Sawan Bhado
As mentioned before, there are a variety of trees in this park. The most common trees one can find here are Neem, Ashok, Peepul, Chill, etc. I found only a few trees having name & description details i.e. its common and biological names.
The park has a variety of trees and shrubs. While some are indigenous and hardy variety others are decorative. Here are a few pictures of the flowers from this garden. The first one is Frangipani /Plumeria or Champa as it is known. This tree has a strong mythological association with Hinduism. As per the legends, the Gopis of Lord Krishna conversed with Champa trees.
Here is a picture of water lily. This flower variant is not commonly found in this region. Instead, the lotus is more popular than water lily.
The boundary is lined with Bougainvilleas which is not native to India. This ornamental vine was first introduced in India in 1860 AD.
Samuel Swinton Jacob
One of my favorite parts of this park is this corner with an old Chhatri made out of white marble. It acknowledges the contribution of Col Samuel Swinton Jacobs towards the built heritage.
One can experience the fine workmanship in this cupola or Chhatri. Stone sculptors of Jaipur are always in demand across the world. Previously, they used only hand tools but now they have adapted to changing times.
The beautiful architecture of Albert Hall Museum is the brainwork of Samuel Swinton Jacobs. He amalgamated three different styles- Rajput, Gothic and Mughal. His design philosophy is used by architects as an inspiration and is known as Jeypore Collection.
All days – 9 AM to 8 PM.
Unfortunately, the timings of Sawan Bhado Park in Ramniwas Garden are quite odd. It opens for visitors from 9 AM which means it is not open for morning walkers.
I fail to comprehend why the authorities have decided to keep it closed for morning walkers. The walkers typically prefer 5 AM to 8 AM. I wish the timings were aligned for morning walkers.
The ticket for Sawan Bhado in Ramniwas Garden costs Rs 20 per person.
Sawan Bhado is a historic park and is unlike any other. It is not as huge as Central Park but its small size is compensated by the serenity. I appreciate its peaceful environs which are hard to find in other parts of Jaipur. Where else can you find some me-time in the heart of the city? If you are visiting Sawan Bhado Park, do consider visiting the Albert Hall Museum and Masala Chowk which are in the vicinity.