View in the valley of Oodipoor
Engraver: Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857)
Engraving of the valley in Udaipur, by Edward Francis Finden (1791-1857) and Patrick Young Waugh (1788-1829). Plate 13 from James Tod's 'Annals and antiquities of Rajast'han or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India' published in London in 1829.
Udaipur is the new capital of the Mewar State (Chitor was sacked in 1567) and was founded by Maharana Udai Singh (ruled 1567-72) of the Sisodia Rajputs. It is located on the east bank of Pichola Lake in a picturesque valley. According to Tod: '...the valley of Oodipoor' is '...the most diversified and most romantic spot on the continent of India...' and '...the landscape...was abstractedly pleasing. On our left lay the mountains enclosing the capital...while to the east the eye might in vain seek for a boundary'.