Monday, 21 February 2011

Stunning secret castle garden in Rajasthan

There can be few things more surprising than finding a secret flower garden in the middle of Rajasthan, India, but I'm staying there right now - at Castle Bijaipur, near Chittaurgarh - with my intrepid travelling friends from Jardins sans Frontiers. No chance to post recently because we've been way off the beaten track, but I have a brief internet connection and wanted to share this beautiful place with you.
The ruling family still resides in part of the castle, but has opened much of the property to guests. Life doesn't get much better than this - in a charmingly restored property overlooking verdant countryside at this time of year. But the most exciting part is the garden surrounding the castle - complete with lawns and glorious borders - that remind me of home.
Many of the plants here are reminiscent of English flower borders and all the family take pride in their unusual plot within the castle walls. There are flowers in all the garden areas within the garden walls, as well as many fine trees. Outside the castle walls there is little to see except verdant countryside.
Tonight we go to the tented camp run by the castle management and then back to Udaipur, where we'll have a permanent internet connection and be able to tell you all about our travels to date. Namaste!

14 comments:

  1. dear charlotte , what a beautiful garden - clearly the influence of the brits lingers on. enjoy and thx for sharing. cheers, cm

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  2. What a wonderful secret garden.

    FlowerLady

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  3. what a gorgeous landscape and a beautiful colorful garden...I was so uplifted by all that color...so lucky to stay there and experience it firsthand...

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  4. Oh my goodness Charlotte this is truly beautiful. What a life you really do lead.

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  5. What a stunningly gorgeous garden! I hope you have safe travels and looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh my goodness but you've brought so many memories flooding back to me as I read through your blog - 25(!) years ago we travelled round Rajasthan and visited so many places. It was wonderful and I'd love to go back....if only via your blog! Thanks for rekindling the memories! :)

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  7. Glorious! Glorious! Glorious! What a treasure. :o) Lucky lucky you!! There is 3" of snow forecasted for my "castle". Ugh!

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  8. That was fun. What a find for the intrepid travelers. Such colourful garden beds too - I am still trying to determine what all the flowers are.

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  9. How cool. You are right, hidden objects, be they gardens, rooms behind staircases or a little drawer in an old chest, are just waaay better than regular versions! :)

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  10. Hi Charlotte.
    Det er så herligt at følge med dig ud i den store verden, jeg kan sagtens følge din begejstring over denne smukke have.
    Take care.
    Kh Lone

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  11. Miss Charlotte how wonderful and exotic your life seems!! So happy that you have this blog so that we can share in your adventures!

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  12. So beautiful! This makes me miss India so much, and quite jealous that you get to be there in winter when all these beautiful annuals are in bloom.

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  13. The lushness of the ornamental plants is in contrast with the dryness of the surroundings. I can imagine their water system is good there, just wonder where they get them

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  14. Hello Charlotte, how delightful..i have always been slightly disappointed with gardens in India but you have found a lovely one...more please!

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