Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace)
Sajjan Garh, also known as Monsoon Palace, is built on the Bansdara peak at the height of approx. 1km. This palace was built with white marble in 1884 by Maharana Sajjan Singh.
The palace gives a wonderful panoramic view of the Udaipur city. It was built to watch monsoon clouds for weather forecasting as well as to have a view of Chittaugarh, the ancestral home of Maharana. It also served as holiday home and hunting lodge for royal family. There was a rain water harvesting system in the palace with a large reservoir, despite that due to the lack of water the palace was abandoned and later came to ruins.
There is now a wild life sanctuary encircling the palace controlled by forest department of Rajasthan Govt.
The entry ticket is for Rs 20 and there is an extra charge for the vehicle. The climb to the top of the hill is steep and with lot of turns. The path goes through the wild life sanctuary, although the road is fenced both sides with a wall. There is no shop at the palace except a restaurant.
The palace is not well maintained and there is hardly anything to see other than the spectacular view from the palace. From the front of the palace you can see the whole Udaipur including the lakes. The back of the palace gives you a beautiful sunset view but nothing compared to the sunset at Madikeri, Coorg. After the sunset you can enjoy the Udaipur city view. As we were leaving from the front side, we had a night view of the Udaipur city with lights glowing below and moon shining in the sky.
The entry to the palace closes by 5:30pm so make sure to reach in time if you want to see the sunset. The palace is illuminated in the evening and you can see it glowing in the dark from the city.
By the time you leave the palace after watching the sunset, the evening view of the city welcomes you.
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