SajjanGarh Fort

sajjangarh

Name            : SajjanGarh (Monsoon Palace & Hunting Lodge)

Situated       : 100 feet over the FatehSagar Lake

Built year     : 1874-1884

Person built : Maharaja Sajjan Singh

Sajjan Garh is a huge palace on Bansdara Mountain, five kilometres west of Udaipur towards Rampura. Although the palace is closed to the public, the views of the Aravalli Hills, lakes, forests and rivers make a trip here worthwhile.

Beginning in 1883, Maharana Sajjan Singh commissioned the palace to be used as a resort by the Maharanas of Mewar, a summer retreat for watching the progress of the monsoon clouds over the surrounding area. It also provided work for those without means. Sajjan Singh did not complete the palace during his lifetime – it was finished later by Maharana Fateh Singh.

SAJJANGARH WILD LIFE SANCTUARY

For the adventure junkies, Sajjangarh wildlife sanctuary is a popular excursion, located a mere five kilometres from Udaipur. The wildlife sanctuary and the Sajjangarh palace that is within the area of the reserve, were the brainchild of Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874-1884). As the entire area stands 3100 feet above sea level and 1100 feet over the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Maharana planned to build a nine storey observatory but his dreams remained unfulfilled due to his premature death at 26 years of age.

The Sajjangarh palace is an excellent location for an exceptional view of the surrounding hills, pristine lakes and gleaming palaces of Udaipur. On a visit here, also make a short boat ride to Shikarbadi or the Khas Odi, a shooting box that lies at the southern end of the lake Pichola for a stunning view. It can be reached by car also.

The Sajjangarh wildlife sanctuary is a reserve for Nilgai, Sambhar, Wild boars, Hyena, Panther and Jackal. Birds also home in here as well as various reptiles. A nature trek starting from the Gorilla Point to the Jiyan Sagar or the Bari Lake is an excellent way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Aravalis and experience the wildlife up close.

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