Visit to Sajjangarh Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan
There are so many WOW places in Udaipur, and with just a day and half in hand we were forced to choose between the sight seeing spots. We didn’t want to rush through all the spots just to mark them ‘seen’. So the evening was set aside for the Sajjangarh Palace, located on Bansandra Mountain of Aravalli Range, 5km from Udaipur.
When Maharana Sajjan Singh built this in 19th century (it took 10 years 1874 – 1884), his intention was to use this as an observatory to watch the progress of the monsoon clouds over the surrounding regions. His plan was to construct nine floors observatory there. Unfortunately the King died young at a tender age of 26.
A very old painting of an artist’s plan of the nine storey observatory.
The palace now stands three floors tall. It is popularly called ‘Monsoon Palace‘ after the shooting of James Bond film Octopussy. The ground floor is converted into a museum, with a wonderful collection of pictures, paintings and old maps. Though a section of the palace is in a dilapidated condition, lot of effort is being taken on the remaining parts to maintain its past glory.
Sunset from Sajjangarh Palace
The view from the higher floors is mesmerizing and the sunset that day was spectacular.