Raj Samand lake with its bund [Kankroli]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Rajsamand Lake from the 'Reading Collection: Views of Udaipur' taken by an unknown photographer c.1910. The photograph is part of an album containing architectural and topographical views of sites in Rajasthan, mainly of Udaipur, originally in the collection of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, Lord Reading, who served as Viceroy of India (1921-1926).
The lake lies between the towns of Kankroli and Rajnagar about 56 km to the north of Udaipur. It is one of several artificial lakes in the environs of Udaipur created by the Sisodia Rajput rulers of the Mewar State. The lake was built by Maharana Raj Singh I between 1662 and 1676 as a famine relief work, and was created by constructing a dam across the Gomati, Kelwa and Tali Rivers to supply irrigation to local agriculture. This is a view from a neighbouring hillside looking down onto the dam, known as the Nauchowki Bund, at the southern end near Kankroli. .