The Mohanmandir (water-palace) and the Lake, Udaipur. From the east
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the 'Curzon Collection: Album of views of Udaipur and Chittaurgarh', of the Mohanmandir and the lake at Udaipur taken by an unknown photographer at the beginning of the 20th century. The Rajput capital of Udaipur is situated in a picturesque setting on Lake Pichola, surrounded by hills. The City Palace, begun by Udai Singh (ruled 1567-72), is built beside the lake on the east bank, overlooking a number of island palaces and pavilions. The Mohan Mandir is situated on an island in the north-east corner of the lake and was built between 1628 and 1652 by Jagat Singh (ruled 1734-51). This view from the east shows its asymmetrical waterside elevation, consisting of a stepped pavilion and a projecting colonnade with cusped arches surmounted by chatris enclosing garden courts within, with walls and further pavilions beyond. A river steamer passes the palace in the foreground.