The wooded Rajmahal hills with an encampment below at Maharajpur.
Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)
Watercolour of an encampment below the Rajmahal hills from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Malda to Gunga Pursaad Vol. II' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1817-21. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief (r.1813-23), was accompanied by artist Sita Ram (flourished c.1810-22) to illustrate his expedition to Bengal in 1817 and his convalescent tour in the Rajmahal Hills in the winter of 1820-21.
View of the wooded Rajmahal hills with an encampment below. The Rajmahal hills, located in Bihar, approximately extends over 24 miles at an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea-level and includes the ridges of Mori and Sundgarsa. The Mughals relied on the Rajmahal hills, especially the Teliagarhi pass, a pass between the hills and the Ganges River, as a strategic defence position and constructed a large stone fort at this point. Inscribed below: 'Camp at Mahaiagpore.'