Located at the heart of Fateh Sagar Lake, the Nehru Garden is a pleasant place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing and touring in the city. Named after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, this sprawling garden island covers an area of 40 acres and contains a mini-zoo for kids, a lily pond and flower gardens. It overlooks the ancient Moti Mahal of Maharana Pratap and offers a pastoral view of the Aravalli Hills.
Inaugurated on the 14th of November in 1967, this garden is beautifully developed by the PWd. This sprawling rectangular garden has been laid of an oval-shaped island, which is the largest among the three islands in Fateh Sagar. Nehru Garden is commonly frequented by backpackers and families as well as couples.
You can dress in whatever you find comfortable and when visiting this place during daytime, do not forget to bring a bottle of drinking water, a sunshade, a sun lotion and perhaps a wide brim hat as you will most likely be under the open sky. To have a stunning view of the place, you must visit it during early evening, when the sky is filled with color and the island is brightly lit. Make sure you carry a camera, preferably with water reflections, to snap a number of photos inside the park. You can take photos in front of the boat-shaped cafe, on the beautiful fountains ad other areas of the park.
As you explore the park, you will come across some verdant flower arrangements in a riot of colors, as well as stunning lilies, with the gentle breeze gusting from the lake all the while. There are also small pavilions in the four corners of the garden. The site is absolutely free from irritants and noise, and is very peaceful, an ideal place to spend in solitude, enjoying the wind and its natural beauty.
The distinct water fountains, looking similar to those in Brindayan Gardens in Mysore, are another interesting object in the park. They are pyramid in shape and are of channel type. In the northwest part of the garden is a boat-shaped floating restaurant. Just a few meters away from Nehru Garden, you can view the Udaipur Solar Observatory, regarded as the best solar observing site in Asia.
From this island, you can observe the rugged Aravalli hill on all three sides and the bronze status of Maharana Pratap with his horse Chetak on top of Moti Magri. The Fateh Sagar Lake is also a perfect haven for avian population. Besides the trees and flowers, you will see many kinds of birds here, both resident and migratory birds.
From the bank of the Fateh Sagar, a boat service is available to visit the Nehru Garden. The ferry ride normally costs 30 rupees per head for to/from journey. Admission fee to visit the park is 50 rupees, and a minimum of six passengers are required when booking a full boat. On the way to middle of the lake, the boat will navigate on the other side of the lake before getting into the park.