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The Monsoon Palace is set high above Udaipur in a reserve which houses tigers and other wildlife. There is a beautiful abandoned palace which has a colony of monkeys living in the grounds. Pilgrims visit to watch the very beautiful sunset over the distant valleys below. The local women wear beautiful coloured saris which stand out against the dusty sand coloured backdrop of the marble palace and its surroundings. These beautiful windows, high up on the second floor made a lovely frame for nature's spectacular sunset. I was drawn to the intricate detail around the arch and the filigree patterned rail which was quite low (about knee height).


more from Wikipedia...........
The Monsoon Palace, formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, overlooking the lake Pichola. It is named as Sajjangarh after Maharana Sajjan Singh (18741884) of the Mewar Dynasty, who built it in 1884. It offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built basically to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace. It is said that the Maharana built it at the top of the hill to get a view of his ancestral home of Chittaurgarh. Previously owned by the Mewar royal family, it is now under the control of the Forest Department of the Government of Rajasthan and has been opened to the public recently. The palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset.
High in the Aravalli Hills, just outside Udaipur, the Palace is illuminated in the evenings, giving a glow of golden orange. The palace was used in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy as the residence of Kamal Khan, an exiled Afghan prince.
Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, which encircles the palace, was established in 1987. It covers an area of 5.19 square kilometres (2.00 sq mi). It is a well protected sanctuary now with concrete wall of Kishan Pol surrounding it. The hillside is thickly wooded and the former rulers maintained this area as a royal shooting preserve. When Udaipur was attacked by the Scindias in 1764, the hill was used as an ordnance dump; some cannons still remain.
The palace overlooks the sanctuary, which is a reserve for reptiles, tigers, nilgai, sambhar, wild boars, hyenas, panthers, and jackals. It is also popular for bird watching. The reserve can also be approached by a trek (as an adventure) starting from the Gorilla Point to the Jiyan Sagar or the Bari Lake to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Aravalli hills and the wildlife of the reserve forest.

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  • Copyright: Kathryn Weir (kathryn_weir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 463] (2056)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-02-25
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2012-10-02 0:40
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