I was very excited to visit Sajjan Garh Palace, Udaiur, Rajsthan since I had investigated something on my own before I even went to Udaipur. I am quite curious and I wanted to know more about Udaipur before I arrived to be able to relate things.
Historical places such as Sajjan Garh palace will only make sense to you when you know little history, stories or myths associated with them. Otherwise, you’ll only view them as old monuments and will leave the destination unsatisfied or quite disappointed.
So, let’s go back to why I was happy to visit the Sajjan Garh Palace or the Monsoon Palace, which is another popular name given to it. The reason makes Sajjan Garh palace no ordinary palace.
Many might not be aware that the famous James Bond Movie: OCTOPUSSY was filmed in the Sajjan Garh Palace. If you’re a James Bond fan then I’m sure you have seen OCTOPUSSY starring legendary Sir Roger Moore as the British spy James Bond code named 007, Kabir Bedi and the Sajjan Garh palace was portrayed as Kamal Khan’s residence (used the palace as a place to hide). It’s a classic bond movie and was released in the year 1983.
The Sajjan Garh palace was named after the 72nd ruler of Mewar dynasty, Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874–1884). The idea behind building the Monsoon palace was to watch the Monsoon clouds. Therefore, it is popularly known as The Monsoon Palace.
The palace was constructed on the Bansdara peak which is at an altitude of 3100 ft (944 m) in Aravalli Hills. Initially, he was planning to construct a 5 storey astronomical center however, due to his early death the plans were cancelled and was later completed by Maharana Fateh Singh for watching the monsoon clouds. Later it became a monsoon palace and a hunting lodge.
The Sajjan Garh palace is also known for its beautiful sunsets. Unfortunately, I could not capture one like I did at Fateh Sagar Lake.
Sajjan Garh wildlife sanctuary was created in 1987 and encloses the Sajjan Garh palace, which is a reserve for tigers, panthers, hyenas, boars, deer, etc.
This place is for everyone and not for everyone. What I intend to state is that everyone visits the palace of Sajjan Garh, but not everyone is optimistic when they leave the Sajjan Garh palace. Perhaps because it is very simple or basic from the inside as there is not much to explore.
I still believe that your trip to Udaipur would be incomplete if you miss your visit to the Sajjan Garh Palace although it is empty from within and there is nothing much to explore. Trust me once you get here, you’ll fall in love with the views it has to offer, as it overlooks the city of Udaipur, the Fateh Lake Sagar and Lake Pichola.
You can capture beautiful images of the Sajjan Garh palace, since the views are exceptional.
The average time that tourists spend at Sajjan Garh Palace is about 1 hour. There is not much to explore apart from the views if offersand the importance it holds. They also have a café at the entrance of the Palace where you can enjoy light refreshments like tea, coffee or any other beverage of your choice. You can also visit the Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary. Unfortunately, due to lack of time we were unable to visit.
How to reach: It not far from the city and can be reached using local or private transportation which are easily available.
You would have to purchase the ticket for a personal car/cab from the main entrance which will take you to the Bansdara peak and will take around 15-20 minutes to reach the Sajjan Garh Palace. The roads are well maintained. However, while coming back you might have to wait a little longer. Sharing is the only option, waiting there to go down the mountain. During peak season the wait can be longer.
Between December to February.
8 am to 6 pm