Maharana Sajjan Singh, the 72nd of the Mewar Dynasty that ruled over Rajasthan, is popular to this day for this far-reaching development efforts, turning Udaipur into the second municipality of the country after Bombay, now Mumbai. He achieved all this in a relatively short span of ten years. And the Monsoon Palace that he built in the late 19th century stands to this day as a symbol of his legacy. Overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake, the palace was built by the king to see his ancestral home of Chittaurgarh. Today, it offers incredible views of the palaces, lakes and landscape of Udaipur city. ALSO READ: Udaipur forts and palaces that capture its history
The Sajjangarh Palace, also spelt as Sajjan Garh Palace, is known as the Monsoon Palace because it was built by the king to see the monsoon clouds arrive every year to bless the parched lands of his kingdom. The palace was, for centuries, under the control of the Mewar royal family. Today, it comes under the Rajasthan state’s forest department and is open to the public. The palace was originally designed to be a five-story astronomy center, but building stopped after the untimely and early death of the king in 1884. It then turned into a residential and hunting lodge in the midst of the Aravalli hills outside Udaipur. Many will also know it from the 1983 film Octopussy, as the home of the exiled prince Kamal Khan and the main villain to James Bond.
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