Udaipur has several historical wonders at different locations, which offer visitors a glimpse of its glorious past. Among them are the magnificent palaces built at a time when the region was dominated by rulers of Mewar dynasty. One such palace is the Sajjangarh Palace, popularly called 'The Monsoon Palace'. It was built in the year 1884 by Maharana Sajjan Singh, for the purpose of enjoying some fabulous views of monsoon clouds. Over a period of time, it became one of the well-known tourist places in Udaipur visited by numerous tourists coming from different corners of the globe. The palace also featured in the 1983 Bond film 'Octopussy', as the home of an exiled Afghan prince, Kamal Khan.
|Sajjangarh Palace, Udaipur|
The Sajjangarh Palace has been built using white marble on Bansdara Peak of Aravalli mountain range. Maharana Sajjan Singh had intended to build a nine-storeyed astronomical centre for ascertaining weather conditions based on the movement of monsoon clouds. Unfortunately, this plan had to be shelved owing to the untimely demise of the visionary ruler at the age of twenty-six. The partially-built structure was completed later on by Maharana Fateh Singh, who succeeded him. Tourists enjoying their Udaipur holiday can find numerous rooms and quarters in this palace while exploring the structure in detail.
During the evenings, this palace wears a totally different look with the illuminations. The structure is one of the finest examples of Rajasthani architecture, and has a unique water harvesting system that stores rainwater in an underground cistern. Surrounding this palace is the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established in the year 1987. Tigers, jackals, wild boars, and panthers are some of the animals found in this sanctuary. Accommodation in any of the popular Udaipur resorts would make it very convenient for tourists in visiting Sajjangarh Palace and other famous attractions of the city.