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Sajjangarh Palace
High on a top of the hill just outside Udaipur lies this remarkable 18th century palace, with an incredible view of the Mewar landscape. Originally projected to be a towering five-story exorbitant centre, it was later discarded and used as a hunting lodge or monsoon palace. About 5km west of Udaipur City it is 1100 feet over the Fateh Sagar Lake and at a height of 3100 feet above sea level. The palaces of the fort give the impression of being a tiara on the head of a stony hill, the one on which the fort pompously stands. The unsteady cliff is massive and has an exceptional view of the pristine lakes, adjoining hills, and snow-white palaces. The fort place is crowned by the Monsoon Palace, which also has a panoramic sight of the palaces and lakes and the city below. The fort was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh as an observatory to watch the movement of the monsoon clouds over the neighboring areas. It is believed that the Rana had intended to build a nine storey observatory but his dreams remained unconvinced owing to his unfortunate death at the age of 26. Towards the left of the Monsoon heritage palace is the Khas Odi or Shikarbadi, a bombardment box that lies at the southern end of the lake Pichola. Now it has been converted into a miniature palace with lovely surroundings that can be approached both by boat and car. It was built by Sir Sajjan Singh between 1874 and 1884. The boat trip is suggested more as it gives an astonishing view from the south end of the lake.

Formerly owned by the Mewar imperial family, it is now under the power of the Forest Department of the Government of Rajasthan and has been opened to the community recently. The palace provides a gorgeous view of the sunset. It reflects the olden times of the Mewar kingdom. Sajjan Singh, Maharana, the original builder of the Monsoon Palace was the seventy–second sovereign of the Mewar empire (1874–1884) and he ruled from Udaipur for a small period of 10 years until his premature death. The Mewar family traces its account to Guhil who founded the Mewar State in 568 AD. Even though Sajjan Singh received the tiara when he was 15 years old, his uncle Sohan Singh had challenged his right to the tiara and even plotted through astrologers, who had said the timing for the crowning was not suitable. But the then British agent, who was in favor of Sajjan Singh, intervened and convinced the astrologers to give a positive date for the coronation. Even then, the crowning of Sajjan Singh took place two years after he was designated to the crown. As the dilemma maker uncle was still persisting with his stubborn attitude towards the recently crowned Maharana, his belongings were confiscated and he was also imprisoned.

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