Ajmer - White marble audience hall overlooking Lake Ajmer.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a marble pavilion, Ajmer, from an Album of Miscellaneous views in India, taken in the 1880s. Due to its strategic location the city went through many dynastic changes from Mewar to Malwa to the Mughals to the British. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (r.1628-58) laid out the Daulat Bagh, or 'gardens of splendour', which stretch from the bund of the lake in the direction of the city. Shah Jahan also built marble pavilions in the Daulat Bagh, along the Anasagar Lake. These were restored by Lord Curzon in 1899 and became a part of the British Residency. This is a photograph looking across the pavilion with its marble pillars towards the Anasagar lake. A European figure is seated on the balcony overlooking the lake.