Also known as Sajjangarh Palace, this famous palace in Rajasthan is perched on a hill top. Formerly counted as monsoon retreat for Mewar rulers, this palace was frequently visited by the royal families to enjoy monsoon. Encircled by Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, this palace offers breathtaking views of the lakes and Udaipur city. Monsoon or Sajjangarh Palace is amongst the most celebrate historical places in Rajasthan you can’t afford to miss.
Located on a Bansdara peak of Aravalli hill (3100 ft above sea level), Sajjangarh Palace is built with stunning white marble. As per the plan laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh, the Palace was supposed to be nine stories, but due to the premature death of the King, the planned was shelved. However, it was later completed by Maharana Fateh Singh, his successor. The Royal family used the Sajjangarh Palace as a hunting lodge as well as to watch the monsoon clouds which brought the name of Monsoon Palace to the Sajjangarh Palace.
The foundation of the Fort is laid on marble pillars which have exclusive motifs of flowers and leaves carved all over it. The palace walls are plastered with lime mortar. There is a vast central court with a stunning staircase and several quarters and rooms. The Fort has high turrets and guards monitoring each of the towers. The domes, fountains, and jharokhas all around the palaces are the exquisite marvels of Rajasthani architecture.
The construction of the Monsoon Palace/ Sajjangarh Fort & Palace began under the command of Maharana Sajjan Singh. Maharana Sajjan Singh was an influential thinker, developer and a short-lived ruler of Mewar dynasty. Even though he ruled for ten years only (from 1874-1884), he made an extraordinary contribution in preserving and establishing the glory and culture of the Udaipur City. His civil works included construction of dams and roads, water supply and infrastructural developments.
Under the reign of Maharana Sajjan Singh, in the 19th century, Udaipur has been crowned with the second municipality of India. In November 1881 on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s crowning, the Maharana was awarded the title “Grand Commander of the Star of India” by Lord Ripon.
How To Reach Sajjangarh Palace:
The City of Lakes, Udaipur, is very well connected. There is an airport, railway station and a national highway connecting it to all nearby cities and states. You can reach Sajjangarh Palace via multiple ways mentioned below.
Airways– Dapok airport of Udaipur is about 27.4 Km away and can be easily reached by domestic flights from Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Ahmedabad.
Railways– You can take a direct train to Udaipur from various places such as Mumbai, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Chennai, and Ahmedabad. Udaipur railway station is 7.9 Km from Sajjangarh Fort.
Roadways– The Sajjangarh Palace is 10km away from central Udaipur City. You can take a local cab, auto-rickshaw or a bus run by the government to reach the destination.
For commuting to and from the Palace, it is advisable to hire a private taxi service. We at Udaipur Tourism have listed the top car rental companies in Udaipur offering a safe and comfortable ride to every sightseeing place in Udaipur.
Main attractions of Monsoon Palace: Sunset view from the palace
Entry fee: INR 10/person for Indians and INR 80/person for foreigners
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm