Sunset at MONSOON PALACE | Sajjan Garh Palace |UDAIPUR | INDIA | January 2018

Sunset At Monsoon Palace, Udaipur

Monsoon Palace also known as Sajjangarh Palace is built by Mewar kings of Udaipur.  It was initially suppose to be an observatory but later converted to hunting lodge for use by Kings and their guests.  It’s surrounding area is a protected forest known as Sajjangarh wildlife sanctuary.  

The Sajjangarh Palace is located 5 kilometers outside city of Udaipur on top of a hill overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake.  At height of 2500 feet this magnificent Palace offers a commanding view of the Udaipur city.  Tourist come here is enjoy amazing sunset view.

How To Reach To Monsoon Palace

There are tours available at various bucket shops that can take you to the palace and back in a private car.  I also found a shared car service leaving from Bagore Ki Haveli at 5 pm for reasonable price.

In addition to entry fee of Rs 60 per person, there is an entry fee for private car Rs 200 or Motorbike Rs 30.  There is a jeep service that takes people from bottom of the hill to the Palace for Rs 90 per person.  The road leading to the Sajjangarh Palace is steep, narrow and full of hairpin bends.  The ride takes about 10 minutes.  There is a charge of Rs 20 for video camera which is not strictly enforced as most of the people get same results using their mobile phones.

Why Visit Monsoon Palace

The Palace itself is not as beautiful as Palaces in the city near lake Pichola.  However, the place offers a beautiful view of the city and people come here for amazing sunsets

The Hollywood Connection

The Monsoon Palace is used for shooting of famous Bond movie Octopussy.  It appeared as residence of main antagonist character Kamal Khan played by French actor Louis Jourdan.  Disney musical The Cheetah Girls was also shot here in 2008.


Best Time To Visit Sajjangarh Palace

November to February is best time to visit almost all of India including Udaipur.  The sunset is around 5 pm so it is advisable to get there at least 30 minutes before the sunset.

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