The royal city of Udaipur is known world over for its fabulous palaces and beautiful lakes and gardens. The magnificence of this abode of kings is the cumulative effect of all the exquisite tourist destinations it flaunts with elegance and pride. Another feather in the cap of this popular tourist destination is the Monsoon Palace, formerly known as Sajjangarh Fort. The palace used to serve the purpose, or more prudently, the recreational activity of watching monsoon clouds. The palace offers a panoramic view of the beautiful city.
The palace is named after the king who commissioned the construction of the palace, Sajjan Singh. Adorned in beautiful white marble, the palace was initially constructed to serve as a tourist resort for the royal family as well as a watch tower to keep track of and view the sundry monsoon clouds. The palace is a treat to the eyes at night as it is illuminated in traditional Rajasthani style, with ‘Jharokas’ and beautifully carved out pillars that add up to the exquisite beauty of the palace. The palace doesn’t appeal any less than a fairy tale castle at night. This is one of the main reasons that makes Sajjangarh Palace one of the most popular tourist destinations of Udaipur.
The palace attracted the attention of many filmmakers as well. Certain scenes of James Bond movie ‘Octopussy’ were shot here. Sajjangarh fort is definitely a tourist destination worth to visit.
When to visit : Sajjangarh Fort
Best time to visit: August - February
Opening hours:9:30 AM - 6:30 PM