Rajasthan is popular for its architectural grandeur. Monsoon Palace located in Udaipur is one of those wonderful creations. Also known as Sajjangarh Palace, this Rajasthan’s one of the finest pieces of architecture is known for its glittering beauty and glorious charm. The palace built in the late 19th century by Maharana Sajjan Singh is now a government-owned heritage site. The fort was once an astronomical center which was also known as the hunting lodge.
Monsoon Palace has been known for its spotless beauty is a perfect example of Rajputana architectural wonder. The palace is located on a lofted platform and offers magnificent nature views around. The sunset views from the palace need a special mention because of the exuding charm. It’s actually not a good update to share that the palace has been neglected of late. Yet this place is often visited by historians and nature lovers. Located 5 km to the west of the Udaipur city, the palace is located 9 km from the Winding Road.
The fairy-tale like looking structure overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake and is known one of the finest creations of the Mewar Dynasty. One just can’t take a special mention of the sprawling countryside and the great outdoors around. As the name of the palace goes, it is here that the Maharaja of the Mewar Dynasty used to watch the monsoon clouds. It is also believed that the
Maharaja initially wanted to build a 5-story astronomical center atop the building but after the king’s premature death the palace turned into a popular hunting lodge.
Located in the deep embrace of the Aravallis, the palace located on the Udaipur’s outskirts is a treat to behold towards the evening, especially when the palace is illuminated in the evenings, exuding the bright golden glow. The palace is also famed for its feature in the epic Hollywood movie Octopussy – a James Bond film released in 1983.
Made from white marble, the palace is located on the Bansdara peak of the Aravalli hill range. The palace has an overall elevation of 3100 feet above the sea level. Lake Pichola is located towards the west of Monsoon Palace almost 1100 feet below its location. As the palace was primarily built to keep a track of the monsoon clouds thus acting as a vital astronomical center, and also became a vital source of employment for the people around.
The white marble palace has high turrets and guards regulating the towers and palace premises. Apart from that, there is a grand central court with staircase and lots of rooms and quarters around. The marble pillars encircling the building from all sides is a noticeable feature and once can’t take eyes off them easily. Lime mortar layering on the wall, exquisite motif work on the pillar makes for a noticeable feature of the palace and looks so appealing. Along with all that the domes, fountains, and jharokhas give the palace an exotic look. The Monsoon Palace upholds the Rajputana architecture in true taste and is a living legend from the past century. Speaking of scientific accomplishments and other unique features of the palace, there is a unique water harvesting structure to collect rainwater in an underground cistern. It has a storage capacity of 195,500 liters and exists in the precincts of the palace. With all the aforesaid features, the water supply to the palace was once found inadequate and thus the palace was abandoned.
Getting to this place and figuring out the logistics could be tiring at times because the place doesn’t have clear directions at several places. It is, therefore, advised to take the help of a guide heading to the Monsoon Palace. There is an easy trek leading to the Palace which is mostly studded with exciting nature views. So reaching up to the palace is indeed a treat for everyone who loves to trek and is looking forward to some adventure. From the gate of the Sajjangarh Palace, the trek uphill takes about an hour with beautiful views of Udaipur opening up as you keep walking up higher. Not to forget the quietude enveloping the place would keep you away from the bustle of the city.
One can easily spot the plethora of birds on the way, encircling the surprising greenery of the place. One can also stop for some refreshments at the restaurant adjacent to the palace before finally entering the beautiful palace. It is the views around that people mostly visit the palace for. A relic of Sajjan Singh’s whimsy, which includes a crystal collection at the City Palace. Something that Sajjan Singh never got to see for himself, but visitors can take a look at it by paying INR 680. Sajjangarh offers a 360-degree view of Udaipur, lake Fateh Sagar and the Aravallis which complete embellish the palace and surroundings.
The Monsoon Palace still remains a major tourist attraction in Udaipur and is truly an architectural wonder from the past.