Sunday, March 25, 2012

this is 'Where Three Empires Meet', 1893

From 'Where Three Empires Meet: A Narrative of Recent Travel in Kashmir, Western Tibet, Gilgit, and the Adjoining Countries' (1893) by E. F. Knight.

Srinagar.
Who knew Walter Roper Lawrence, the British Settlement Commissioner who came to Kashmir in 1889 was known as 'Bandobast walla'!

Ladaki Buddhists. The Naib Wazir of Ladak. Kashmiri Pundits.
The Old Fort. Skardu.

Samaya near Nagar Bank in Hunza

Encampment of Spedding's Pathans (the private army of civil engineer Charles Spedding)

Nilt Nullah from near Maiun

Nanga Parbat

famous Buddha near Mulbee 

Mask of the Dalai Lama descending the temple steps, Hemis,

Leh

Leh Bazaar

Kanjut Valley near Kyber

Kafirs. (From Kafiristan. The so called 'cannibals'. In one incident given in this book, this group of 'Kafirs' comes across as people who were capable of taking that title and play joke upon other people based on their dietary notoriety.

Hunza Envoy

Hunza Raja's Band

Hunza Castle and Town

Raft of inflated Skins, Kapalu

The Devil Dance, Hemis.

Hamis Monastery. 

The Mystery Play, Hemis

Baltis.
From what I have heard these folks were never treated humanely in Srinagar. 

Chorbat Pass

Monastery at Razgo 
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3 comments:

  1. This is a long shot! I am the great grandson of Charles Spedding (as in "Spedding's Pathan picture in this blog". Do you know anything about the roads he built in Kasmir or his work there?!

    With thanks

    Philip Spedding

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    1. Hi Philip
      it's a nice surprise to hear from great grandson of Charles Spedding! I don't have much specific information on Spedding's work in Kashmir...but I will try to dig something up.

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    2. Spedding & Co were involved in building the Jhelum Valley Cart road, connecting Rawalpindi railhead to Baramulla via Kohala. The work on that patch competed in around 1890. E. F. Knight the writer of 'Where Three Empires Meet: A Narrative of Recent Travel in Kashmir, Western Tibet, Gilgit, and the Adjoining Countries' (1893) was a cousin of Charles Spedding.

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