Sajjangarh - Udaipur

Located in Udaipur Sajjangarh a huge palace on a one of the highest peaks around, Bansdara Mountain, 5 km. west of the city towards Rampura. Overlooking Pichola Lake, it is 335 m. from the city level and 944 m. above sea level. Beginning in 1883, Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874-1884) commissioned Sajjangarh, for two reasons. First, it was to be used as a resort by the Maharanas of Mewar, a summer retreat for watching the progress of the monsoon clouds over the surrounding areas (which led to its nickname of the Monsoon Palace). Second, it provided work for those without means. Maharana Sajjan Singh did not complete this palace during his lifetime and Maharana Fateh Singh completed it later.

From the palace's lofty vantage point, the view of the Aravalli Hills, lakes, forests and rivers beyond the dazzling whitewashed town is breathtaking. During the monsoons, the fort's distant silhouette is shrouded in a haze of clouds and rain. Allegedly, Sajjan Singh had planned a nine-storey observatory here, but his plans were cut short with his death at the age of 25.

The magnificent white marbled palace has high turrets with a guard on each. These turrets overlook the nearby jungle infested with wild tigers and venomous snakes.

The palace on the hilltop looks like a bejeweled tiara on the hill. The objective of building this fort was to keep a constant check on the progress of monsoon clouds in the adjoining areas. Folklore says that the Maharana had actually intended to construct a nine storied observatory at this point. But his untimely demise did not let him fulfill his wish.

Regarded as one of the best attributes of Sightseeing in Udaipur the palace is a favorite with the tourists for its excellent architecture. Visitors love to keep standing in the little turrets for hours and admire the scenic beauty around.

Although it remains a popular tourist destination (though the narrow, winding road to the top of the high hill can be daunting), Sajjangarh is no longer under the jurisdiction of the Mewar family.