Saheliyon ki Badi, Wolkem Park, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park and Maniklal Verma park at Dudh Talai, etc have been Udaipur’s garden destination for decades now. With Malls coming up across town, there has been a dearth of new exciting developments in terms of gardens or parks.
A breath of fresh air comes in the form of Pratap Park, that has come up at the Pichola Ring Road, at a virgin location on the southern banks of Pichola. This area is going to be new for everyone in the city as well as for tourists and the development of a public park in the area is a positive step in developing the other side of Pichola, which is not very frequented.
Giving onlookers and visitors a not very oft seen view of Udaipur from the denser side of Pichola, the park is equipped with world class standards in form of making it an eco-friendly park complete with Solar Lights, Neem Fertilisers, recycled cement slurry tiles and local stones. For those who are unfamiliar with the area, there are two roads that lead to it, one is via Mulla Talai, which is a precarious route, replete with narrow lanes, et al, while the other is the more adventurous and easy route from Dudh Talai, through the Jungle Safari route.
The park has been developed in memory of Late Shri Pratap Singh Bhandari, who has been instrumental in developing tourism in Udaipur and surrounding areas.
Pratap Park, situated on the shores of historical Lake Pichola has been developed and would be maintained by the Pratap Basantilal Bhandari Charitable Trust. The park built on an area of about 60,000 Square feet, comprises of an open gymnasium, a 250 meter acupressure walking track, gardens with mogra flowering and ample parking.
Taking a cue to create patriotism for the city of Udaipur, the “I LOVE UDAIPUR” sign in iron letters with the lovely backdrop of Lake Pichola and the City Palace.
This public – private partnership would enhance tourism by becoming a perfect photo spot and make open spaces for the locals to lead a healthier living.
Come summer months, this would easily turn out to be a location of choice for tourists, trekkers as well as locals, who will be pleased to witness the much lovelier view from the banks of Pichola, with the twin seven start hotels, the Lake Palace, City Palace, Jag Mandir and Machla Magra all encompassed in one beautiful panoramic view.