Friday, January 31, 2014

Tree Bridge: Bijbehara Bridge, 1870


Came across this image over at ebay. It was getting sold without much detail besides a date. Took sometime to identify the place. But in the end , its distinctive look, trees growing on the bridge, made it easy.


Bijbehara bridge,
1870
Photographer: Unknown. (Probably Bourne)
[Update: Photographer: Francis Frith. An album dating around 1850s to 1870s. via: Victoria and Albert Museum.]
About the Bijbihara Bridge, Pandit Anand Koul in his book 'Geography of The Jammu and Kashmir State' (1925)' given the date of erection of the bridge as 1631 and name of builder as Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh. In additional remarks he states that the bridge was originally a little higher up.



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