Sitting atop the Bansdara hills in the Aravalli range and overlooking the Fateh Sagar lake, this white palace seems just like a fairy-tale castle, one which holds within its walls memories of kings and queens. This 19th-century marble palace was constructed by Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar dynasty, and was named after the king. Originally planned to be an astronomical centre, it was later turned into a monsoon palace and a royal hunting lodge, at the untimely death of Sajjan Singh.

Strategically built to let the royal family enjoy sightings of the monsoon clouds, a harbinger of happiness in the desert state, it stands shrouded in melancholy today. However, it offers stunning views of Udaipur and the surrounding countryside and lakes, specially during sunset. At the foot of the hill is the 5-sq-km Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary, where wild animals like chital, sambar, wild boar, and blue bull can be seen. Nearby is the Jiyan Sagar lake also known as Badi lake.

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