The Monsoon Palace
THE MONSOON PALACE
In India Udaipur is a most interesting place and also known as the city of lakes. It is considering that every year more than 6 million people visit Rajasthan; it is not surprising that many of them stop in this beautiful city. Its beauty is incredible. In fact, it is measured the most romantic city in India.
The Monsoon Palace (monsoon), formerly known as Saijan Garh Palace, is a palatial residence located on a hill in the city of Udaipur, overlooking Lake Pichola. It was called Saijangarh because of the Maharana Saijan Singh of the Mewar dynasty, who built the building in 1884. The place offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces, and surroundings. The palace was built basically to see the monsoon clouds, so the name of Palace of the Monsoon is quite appropriate. It is said that the Maharana built the palace at the top of the hill to get a momentary look of his former home of Chittaurgarh.The Monsoon Palace is illuminated at night offering an orange glow. The palace was used in 1983 for the film “Octopussy” by James Bond as the residence of Kamal Khan, an Afghan exiled prince.The Monsoon Palace is located about 5 kilometers west of Udaipur and a winding road leads up to the hill. A boat trip on Lake Pichola offers excellent views of the palace and allows visitors to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
The palace reflects the history of the Newar kingdom. The initial builder of the Monsoon Palace was the Maharana Sajjan Singh, the 72nd ruler of the Mewar dynasty who ruled from Udaipur for a short period of 10 years until he died too early. The Mewar dynasty traces its history to Guhil, who founded the state of Mewar in 568 ADWhen Sajjan Singh accepted the crown he was only 15 years old, and his uncle Sohan Singh claimed his right to the crown even with the help of the astrologers, who claimed that the time for the coronation was not appropriate. But the British agents of that time, who were in favor of Sajjan Singh, intervened and persuaded the astrologers to give a favorable date for the coronation. So the Coronation of Sajjan Singh took place two years later to be nominated for the crown. Since his uncle continued to maintain an inflexible attitude toward the newly crowned Maharaja, his property was confiscated and he was also imprisoned. The Maharaja considered a progressive ruler and a “man of vision” and after being invested with power in 1876, launched a broad program of activities for the development of his kingdom with facilities and infrastructure such as roads, works of water supply, in addition to an improvement in the environment through forestation and the reform of the lake. Sand was removed from Lake Pichola and the masonry dam was rebuilt to improve storage capacity, in addition to preserving its national heritage due to its interest in the arts and culture.
The most ambitious project he undertook was the construction of the Sajjan Garth Palace, also known as Monsoon Palace, as a backdrop in the western part of the city of Udaipur (it is believed that the lack of water was the reason that the palace became ruins in the following years). It was during his rule when the city of Udaipur earned the distinction of being the second city Municipality in India, after Bombay. For his outstanding achievements in the development of the Mewar kingdom and to remind him that it was a princely state under British rule, he was conferred the title of “Great Commander of the Star of India” in November 1881 by Lord Ripon, on the occasion of the coronation of Queen Victoria as Empress of India.
Structure of the Palace
The Palace, built with white marble, is located on the Bansdara peak of the Aravalli hills, at an elevation of 944 meters above sea level, and overlooking Lake Pichola which is 340 meters below the palace. The original intention of the Maharaja was to build a complex of nine floors, basically as an astronomical center, and thus to monitor the movements of the monsoon clouds in the area surrounding the palace, in addition to providing work for the people. It must also serve as a place or meeting point for the royal family. Unfortunately, the Maharaja died prematurely at the age of 25 years (after 10 years of government between 1874 and 1884), for which his plans were stopped for a time. Before his death, the palace was partially built and was completed by his successor, King Maharaja Fateh Singh, who used it to observe the monsoon clouds. The royal family also used the palace as a hunting lodge.
The white marble palace has two tall towers, as well as a large central courtyard with a staircase and many rooms and rooms. The palace has been built on marble pillars, which have been carved with exquisite ornaments of flowers and leaves. The walls are covered with lime mortar. At night, the palace illuminated with its Rajasthan architecture comprising domes, fountains and balconies offers a beauty of fairy tales. The only structure for collecting rainwater is an underground cistern with a storage capacity of 195,500 liters. Despite this storage, the water proved insufficient, and it is believed that this is why the palace was abandoned.
The Monsoon Palace is not so away from the Udaipur. The palace can be easily accessible by the road from the Sajjan Singh Sanctuary. You can take the taxi or ‘auto rickshaw’ services. The Sajjan Singh Sanctuary and the Palace are chief magnetism so you can enjoy here until sunset. Udaipur is perfectly associated by road and air links from all parts of the country.
Other locations nearby the Mansoon Palace
BADA MAHAL:- Bada Mahal, the garden palace, is built on a rock formation of 90 meters in natural height The Mahal is considered as part of the Men’s Palace of the city, built in Rajput-Mogol architectural style, encloses a beautiful garden, green meadows green, spacious courtyards, massive pillars, terraces, balconies, attractive royal fountains and real apartments.
PALACE OF THE CITY: – City Palace, the largest palace complex in the state of Rajasthan. It’s a majestic white marble palace superbly situated perfectly on a peak that reflects its beauty on Lake Pichola. The palace is a sample of the style of Mewar architecture and the evolution of architecture in Mewar based on European and Chinese architectural methods. The interior of the palace is impressive. It has beautiful paintings, large silver doors, frescoes, worked mirrors, fountains, and gardens.
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