Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace

Price Range

10 - 80.00

Reviews

4.4

Overview

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.

 

History

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.

 

Architecture

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

  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm

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.

 

How to Reach

  • Road : The Monsoon Palace is 10 km away from central Udaipur City. You can hire a local cab, auto-rickshaw, or board a bus to reach the destination.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Indians : 10 INR
  • Foreigners : 80 INR per person..
  • Camera Fee : 20 INR...

Things to Do

  • Many hills lie below the palace, and these surroundings have historical significance. You can explore the hills.
  • Carry a camera and click images at the sunset point with golden-orange light.
  • Shop for souvenirs in markets at Udaipur. Markets in Udaipur have options in all price ranges.
  • You should try local Rajasthani food. Charcoal by Carlsson, Neelam Restaurant, Restaurant Harigarh, and Grasswood Café are the right spots to savor delicious cuisines.
  • You can go to a wildlife sanctuary nearby with your kids. Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is home to local and exotic fauna and flora. When you take a safari ride in the hunting grounds, you may run into wild boars, hyenas, barking deer, sambhar, nilgais, jackals, panthers, birds, tigers. Gorilla Point is the starting point of jungle safari. Safari ends at the Bari Lake amidst charming views of the Aravalli hills.
  • You can trek with your friends to reach the palace capturing lovely views.
  • Bari lake is an artificial lake around the sanctuary to spend time with family.

Address

Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Road, near Mewar Garh hotel, Eklavya Colony, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Fact Book
Fact Book
09/19/2020 15:18
The Monsoon Palace, also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is named Sajjangarh after Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874–1884) of the Mewar Dynasty, who it was built for in 1884. The palace offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built chiefly to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace. It is said that the Maharana built it at the top of the hill to get a view of his ancestral home, Chittorgarh. Previously owned by the Mewar royal family, it is now under the control of the Forest Department of the Government of Rajasthan and has recently been opened to the public. The palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset.
SAPNA SHETH
SAPNA SHETH
09/20/2020 13:49
It was ok.. it needs renovation.. it can be skipped if visiting Udaipur for a short time..
Tinesh Shah (Megh)
Tinesh Shah (Megh)
09/14/2020 10:43
A definite place to visit during moonsoon 😍
Gaurav Panchal
Gaurav Panchal
09/09/2020 20:51
Very nice palace in the rainy or winter season or in cloud weather.
IT'S TERRIFIC
IT'S TERRIFIC
09/19/2020 16:46
Just see the photos❤️❤️

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