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Maharana Sajjan Singh built a magnificent and stunning palatial residence on the Bansdara peak of Aravalli hills in 1884. The palace provides a panoramic view of the City Palace, Lake Fateh Sagar, countryside, and the king’s ancestral home, Chittorgarh.
The Royal family used to feast their eyes on the monsoon clouds from Sajjangarh Palace, which is why the palace is known as Monsoon Palace. It also served as a hunting lodge for the royal family. Fairy lights at night give a spectacular view of the palace.
During monsoon, clouds scud by, and the mist forms on the lake, and colors change in the surroundings. It was initially conceptualized as an astronomical center for tracking weather and the monsoon. The palace was named after Sajjan Singh, who built it in 1884.
It lies about two miles to the west of Udaipur and visible from all corners of the city.
Maharana Sajjan Singh, the 72nd ruler of the Mewar dynasty, succeeded in the seat of Rana in 1874. He pulled off many civil projects, including Monsoon Palace, dams, roads, and water supply, during his rule of ten years from 1874 to 1884.
During the late years of his reign, he kicked off the most ambitious project of Sajjangarh Palace. Unfortunately, he died before he could complete it as per his vision of an astronomical observatory. Fateh Singh completed the construction. Maharana Sajjan Singh chose it as his palatial observatory.
In the evening, you can witness a stunning sunset from the vast balconies of the heritage building. Currently, the Forest Department of Rajasthan owns the palace. It is open for public visits.
Earlier, Mewar king ruled from Chittorgarh. One holy sage advised the king to establish a kingdom in the fertile valley surrounded by the Aravali Hills. So, Mewar King founded Udaipur in 1557.
After Mughal Emperor Akbar attacked Chittorgarh, Udai Singh shifted kingdom to Udaipur for safety. Udaipur developed into the capital of Mewar and turned into a princely state of British India in 1818. King George V regarded Udaipur as the most picturesque city amidst the mountains.
The façade is made of stark white marble in true Rajasthani style. Rajasthani architecture reflects in the domes, fountains, jharokhas, and high turrets. Marble pillars form the foundation of the fort. These marble pillars have been carved with exclusive motifs of flowers and leaves. The walls also have detailed carvings.
Lime mortar was used for plastering the palace walls. The central court has a staircase that leads to several quarters and rooms. The interiors dazzle tourists with an undeniable charm.
The ground floor now houses a museum with a collection of maps, paintings, and pictures.
An underground harvesting structure had a cistern of 195, 500 liters capacity in the palace to collect rainwater. It did not prove adequate due to Rajasthan's arid conditions. Eventually, the royal family abandoned the palace.
In 1983, James Bond film Octopussy featured it as the palace of exiled Afghan prince Kamal Khan. Afghan prince happened to be the villain of the movie.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.