The village of Niti, Kumaon (U.P.). 4 June 1812
Artist: Hearsey, Hyder Young (1782-1840)
Water-colour painting of the village of Niti in Kumaon (Uttar Pradesh) by Hyder Young Hearsey (1782-1840), 4 June 1812. Inscribed on the back in pencil is: 'Neetee - called also Leetee - frontier Village of Bootan - 1812.'
Niti is one of the last villages in India on the border with Tibet. It is situated at the head of the Niti Pass which in ancient times connected India and Tibet on the trade route. The valley has been the home of the Bhotia tribes for generations and the women from the village have traditionally collected flowers from the nearby Valley of the Flowers, a sacred valley used by Hindu sages on account of its exceptional solitude.