Rai Angan or King's Porch, City Palace, Udaipur
Photographer: Baudesson, O.S.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Rai Angan or King's Porch, City Palace at Udaipur, taken by O.S. Baudesson in 1882, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Udaipur was established as the new capital of the Sisodia Rajput by Udai Singh (ruled 1567-72) after the sack of Chittorgarh by the Mughal armies of Akbar in 1567. The magnificent City Palace, the main royal residence, was built on the east bank of Lake Pichola, an artifical lake built in the 14th century. The construction was begun by Udai Singh in the 16th century; subsequent rulers continued to add to the palace up until the 18th century. The impressive series of buildings with tiers of delicate balconies, turrets and domed kiosks at the upper levels, all faced with white plaster, are built in a mixed Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. This view shows a colonnaded verandah in the palace.