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It is also said that Maharaja Sajjan Singh wanted to construct a nine storey building to use this as an observatory to watch the progress of the monsoon clouds over the surrounding regions. But couldn’t fulfill his dream as he died at the age of 26. Inside the palace, there is a very old painting of an artist's plan of the nine storey observatory. Later Maharaja Fateh Singh completed the construction of the monsoon palace. The palace is somewhat dilapidated, but still worth visiting. Now it is under the Forest Department of Rajasthan.
It attained popularity in 1983, when a part of the James Bond film 'Octopussy' (as the residence of Kamal Khan, an exiled Afghan prince) was filmed here. Today, most guest houses in Udaipur still advertise free showings of 'Octopussy' as part of their accommodation.
Built in white marble, the palace stands three floors tall. it has a grand central court with a staircase and a number of rooms and quarters. The wall of the monsoon palace are plastered by lime mortar and pillars are carved with exquisite motifs of leaves and flowers. The white marbled palace looks extremely beautiful during monsoons. For collecting rainwater for consumption all year around, the monsoon palace has an underground cistern with storage capacity of 195,500 litre.
The ground floor is converted into a museum, with a collection of pictures, paintings and maps.
From the monsoon palace, one can have a magnificent view of lakes of Udaipur and Aravalli hill ranges and at night, the palace is illuminated giving a stunning look. It is also famous for the beautiful view of the sunset and Sunrise.
Shikarbadi or the Khas Odi, situated toward the left
of the monsoon palace is another near by tourist destination. The area
surrounding the palace has been designated as a national park "Sajjangarh
National Park' . Established in 1987, it boasts variety of interesting
wildlife, most notably peacocks.