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Sonali Agrawal

Why Sajjangarh is called Monsoon Palace

In the city of lakes, Udaipur, Sajjangarh Palace is a hilltop palatial residence overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake. Do you know why it is called Monsoon Palace? And who built Sajjagarh Fort? Let us unfold the secrets.

Sajjangarh Palace is popularly known as Monsoon Palace, Udaipur, as it provides a panoramic view of the entire Udaipur city from Bansadara Hill. Monsoon Palace is surrounded by lakes, palaces, and countryside and was built to watch clouds during the rainy season.

Monsoon Fort, Udaipur, is among the best places to visit in Udaipur during monsoon— named after Maharaja Sajjan Singh of the Mewar Kingdom. It is one of the historic palaces built during the 18th century.

Located at a distance of five kilometers from Udaipur city, it stands tall on Bansadara Peak with beautiful white marble carvings. It was primarily built to watch the movement of clouds and was a summer retreat center for Mewar kings.

The sunset view of this palace is what attracts tourists the most. It is a breathtaking combination of architecture, overlooking the lake and Aravalli mountains with an entire Udaipur city view.

After exploring the fort do visit Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 5.19 kilometers and is home to wild animals, including tigers, reptiles, deer, nilgai, Sambar, wild boars, panthers, hyenas, foxes, and many more. The palace looks magnificent in the evenings.

History of Sajjangarh Fort/ Monsoon Palace

Sajjangarh Fort was built over 200 years ago, in 1884, as a royal home for Maharaja Sajjan Singh of the Mewar family. It was the Mewar king’s most ambitious undertaking that remained incomplete due to his premature death. Later, his successor, Rana Fateh Singh, finished the building.

The architecture of the Monsoon Palace

Located midst Bansadara hill, Aravalli at 3100ft above sea level is one of the famous places to visit in Udaipur in monsoon. Maharana Sajjan Singh laid out a plan for nine stories but his sudden death delayed the construction. However, Maharana Fateh Singh took command and completed the project. It was a hunting lodge back then with a cloud movement watching zone, hence called Monsoon Palace.

The fort’s foundation is laid on marble pillars with elaborate floral and motif carvings, an attribute of Rajasthan forts. Lime mortar is used to plaster the walls. It boasts a magnificent staircase and lengthy halls with servant quarters and rooms. The Fort contains guard towers that keep an eye on the surrounding region. The domes, fountains, and jharokas make this castle a sight to behold. However, the fort’s subterranean floor remains closed and unavailable to tourists. Locals claim it to be a haunted place due to many unnatural experiences. Also, after 7 p.m., the route is closed to tourists because it is unsafe.

Best Time to Visit Sajjangarh Fort

If you intend to visit Monsoon Palace. So, let me inform you that the ideal season is from October to March. You may also visit during Udaipur’s rainy season to witness the beautiful vegetation of the Aravallis. Summers are not friendly since Rajasthan is a desert country and extremely hot during the summers, making travel difficult.

How to reach Monsoon Palace?

By road: Sajjangarh is 10 km from Udaipur City. You can come here by taxi, bus or an auto.

By Air: Sajjangarh’s nearest airport is Maharana Pratap Singh Airport. It is well connected domestic airport from major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmadabad, Jodhpur, and Jaipur.

By Rail: Udaipur Railway station is 7.2 km. You can reach here from Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Kolkata, or any major cities.

Sajjangarh Palace Timing, Location, and Ticket Prices

Address: Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, 313011
Timing: All days open, 9 am to 5 pm.
Entry Fees: 110 INR for Indians and 300 INR for foreigners
Nearby Places to Visit: Sajjangarh Biological Park, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Palace, Lake Pichola.

Things to do in Udaipur in the monsoon

Monsoons in Udaipur are pleasant and less humid. The monsoon season lasts from July to September. The temperature here is between 33 to 23 degree Celsius. There is no effect on tourism due to weather as the lakes are lively and greenery is at its peak during these days.

If you are here during the monsoon, you can’t miss visiting these places.

  1. Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace (For a panoramic view)
  2. Lake Pichola ( For a glistening boat ride)
  3. City Palace ( Royal gem)
  4. Bagore ki Haveli ( A cultural excursion)
  5. Rayta Hills (For scenic beauty)

Tips to Visit Udaipur during Monsoon Season

⦁ Do not forget to pack an umbrella or a raincoat, medicines, comfy shoes, light clothes, waterproof bags, and a camera to capture the beauty of the city’s travels.

⦁ Try booking hotels beside Lake Pichola as they are relatively cheaper during the rainy season and provide a gorgeous sight.

⦁ Travel by train rather than bus for utmost comfort.

⦁ Reach Bagore ki Haveli 15 min before the Dharohar show— so you get front seats.

⦁ Do not forget to indulge in the local cuisine of Daal, Baati Choorma, Ghevar, and Laal Maans.

⦁ Carry cash for hassle-free shopping and roaming.

⦁ Do not forget a boat ride at Lake Pichola.

⦁ And lastly, visit local shops for Rajasthani Odhanis and Bandhani dresses.

When it rains, Udaipur is bliss. Many offbeat destinations are famous amongst locals during monsoons. If you pack it right and plan your trip, you will enjoy every moment of the city. We bet you can’t avoid an ultimate monsoon Udaipur trip!

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