The Palace Attractions
In the late 18th century Sajjangarh or the heritage palace of Sajjan was built by its namesake Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874-1884). About 5km west of Udaipur City it is at a height of 3100 feet above sea level and 1100 feet over the Fateh Sagar Lake. The palaces of the fort look like a tiara on the head of a rocky hill, the one on which the fort proudly stands. The rocky crag is massive and has an excellent view of the surrounding hills, pristine lakes and snow-white palaces. The fortplace is crowned by the Monsoon Palace, which also has a panoramic view of the lakes and palaces and the city below. The fort was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh as an observatory to watch the progress of the monsoon clouds over the surrounding areas. It is said that the Rana had planned to build a nine storey observatory here but his dreams remained unfulfilled owing to his untimely death at the age of 26. Towards the left of the Monsoon heritage palace is Shikarbadi or the Khas Odi, a shooting box that lies at the southern end of the lake Pichola. It was built by Sir Sajjan Singh between 1874 and 1884 and now has been converted into a small palace with exquisite surroundings that can be approached both by car and boat. The boat trip is recommended more as it gives an extraordinary view from the south end of the lake.
Ekling Garh or Machla Magra
A little distance away from the Sajjan Niwas Garden is a small fish shaped hill better known as Ekling Garh or Machla Magra. At a height of 2,469 feet above sea level, this place is attached to the walls of Kishan Pol, one of the city gates. Once when the Scindias attacked Udaipur in 1764, the hill was used as an ordnance dump. There are still some pieces of cannons left as evidence of the military episode. Later, guns were fired from this place, a sound that reverberated through the city and even beyond it. They were fired everyday precisely at midday and midnight - with no consideration of the sleep of the subjects