MONSOON PALACE UDAIPUR
The palace provide us a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was made chiefly to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace.
SOME MORE ABOUT MONSOON PALACE
It is said that the Maharana built it at the top of the hill to get a vision of his ancestral home, Chittorgarh. Previously it was owned by the Mewar royal family, it is now under the control of the Forest Department of the Government of Rajasthan and has just been opened for the public. The palace give’s a beautiful view of the sunset to the tourist.Its builder, Maharana Sajjan Singh, first planned to make it a five-storey astronomical place. The plan was rejected with Maharana Sajjan Singh’s premature death. It was then changed into a monsoon palace and hunting lodge. High in the Aravalli Hills, just outside of Udaipur, the Palace is illuminated in the evenings, giving a golden orange glow.
The history of the palace reflects the history of the Mewar kingdom. Sajjan Singh, Maharana , the initial builder of the Monsoon Palace was the seventy–second ruler of the Mewar Kingdom and ruled from Udaipur for a short period of 10 years until his untimely death. The Mewar kingdom traces its history to Guhil who founded the Mewar State in 568 AD. Maharana Sajjan Singh came to the throne when he was 15 years old. However, his uncle Sohan Singh has given a challenge to his right to the crown and even plotted through astrologers, who said the timing for the coronation was not appropriate. Fortunately for him the then British agent, who was in favour of Maharana Sajjan Singh, intervened and persuaded the astrologers to give a favourable date for the crowning. The eventual Coronation of Maharana Sajjan Singh took place two years after this. As the trouble-maker uncle was still persisting with his obstructions towards the newly crowned Maharana Sajjan Singh, his property was confiscated and he was eventually imprisoned.
After he was invested in 1876 the Maharana Sajjan Singh, considered an enlightened ruler and a “man of vision”, launched a massive programme of prograssive activities in his kingdom, in particular, enlarging infrastructure facilities such as roads, water supply and other civil works. He also found civil administration and courts. He also improved the general environment of Udaipur by afforestation and lake upgradations. He had Lake Pichola desilted and the masonry dam re-built to upgrade storage capacity, as well as preserving the historical heritage in line with his personal attentive in the arts and culture. The most ambitious project he undertook was making the Sajjan Garh Palace, or the Monsoon Palace, as a western backdrop to Udaipur city.
It was during Maharana Sajjan Singh’s rule that Udaipur gained recognition as the second Municipality in India, after Bombay. In remembers of his outstanding achievements in preserving and developing the Mewar kingdom, and to remind him that his was a magnificient state under the British Raj, he was conferred the title of in November 1881 by Lord Ripon, on the function of Queen Victoria’s crowning as the Empress of India