Simla, Old Temple (Hindu) above the Waterfalls
Artist: Scott, Mrs WLL
This lithograph is taken from plate 8 of 'Views in the Himalayas' by Mrs WLL Scott. Writing of the temple architecture in the Himalayan region of Shimla, Scott said: "the temples have a kind of tower, oftener round than square placed behind the body of the building. The gable end is usually in front (having a window in the centre like a pigeon house) and curiously wrought in arabesques."
This sketch shows the first of the temples seen in the mountains, situated in a valley of "noble cedars" about two miles from Simla and about half a mile from the first of 13 waterfalls "by which the mountain torrent that flows through the valley of Simla falls into the plains". Mrs Scott wrote admiringly of the natural beauty around Shimla. She noted: "the firs of the Himalayas are magnificent and of 14 different kinds ... of these the cedar bears the palm for size and beauty."