A secluded garden for a rebellious queen

Queen Sisodia, the second wife of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, was so abhorred of the political intrigues at the royal court, that she demanded her own dwelling. Jay Singh granted it to her in 1779; a charming palace at a comfortable distance of the court in Jaipur. The fresco’s, depicting scenes of the love of Radha and Krishna, are well-conserved. The building overlooks a layered garden with fountains and pavilions, surrounded by mountains.

August 2010, by Karolien Bais



Moved by the work of the renowned Sri Lankan brothers Geoffrey and Bevis Bawa, I started exploring the landscaping in Asia. Finding exquisite examples was easy, whether it was in the palace gardens of the ancient Mughal Empire or in the urban parks of the modern megalopolis.

A secluded garden for a rebellious queen
Tribute to a Bengali architect

Urban landscaping in Tokyo
Zen gardens: The essence of nature

Hong Kong
City dotted with public green

Sri Lanka
The Brief Garden of Bevis Bawa
Geoffrey Bawa’s scaping in nature

A stylish oasis in dusty Kathmandu