Sajjangarh – Monsoon Palace of Udaipur
Maharana Sajjan Singh ( 1874-1884) built the Sajjangarh Fort in 1884. He was one of the rulers with an artistic flair who also developed the infrastructure for
Maharana Sajjan Singh ( 1874-1884) built the Sajjangarh Fort in 1884. He was one of the rulers with an artistic flair who also developed the infrastructure for railway, water and road. The fort overlooking the Fatehsagar lake gives a panoramic view of the city. It was built so that the royal family could enjoy the monsoon view. Maharana Sajjan Singh wanted it to be a five storeyed astronomical centre to keep track of the monsoon clouds but with his untimely demise, the plan couldn’t be carried out and the fort was turned into a hunting lodge and a monsoon palace. One can enjoy the beautiful sunset view while in the fort.
Located on the Bansdara peak, its main purpose was to serve as a resort to the royal family. Maharan Sajjan Singh had partially built this palace and the work was later completed by his successor Maharana Fateh Singh. The palace is made of white marble and has a grand central court and a lot of rooms. The pillars have motifs of flowers. The entire palace is rich in Rajasthani architecture with jharokhas and fountains as you would have in any palace of your dreams. The beauty of the Sajjangarh fort is on its peak at night when all these jharokhas are illuminated giving it an extravagant look.
There is provision for underground water in cisterns though it is said that despite this facility the water supply was inadequate and that is the main reason for the abandonment of this beautiful place. The first look makes it seem mysterious but that doesn’t stop anyone from further exploring the inner beauty. Octopussy, a James Bond film, was shot here in the year 1983.
It is now being controlled by the Forest Department of the Rajasthan Government and is open for public viewing.