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Bridge of boats on the Ravi - Road to Shahdara.

Bridge of boats on the Ravi - Road to Shahdara.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(127)

Item number: 502127

Genre: Photograph

Photograph showing a bridge of boats on the Ravi river near Shahdara, now in Pakistan, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views. The river of Northwestern India and Northeastern Pakistan, and one of the 'five rivers' which give the Punjab its name, the Ravi rises in the Himalayas and flows westwards towards Pakistan. Shahdara lies on the right bank of the Ravi River opposite the city of Lahore. As a key halting spot after crossing the Ravi en route to Kabul and Kashmir, it was a place where the Mughals camped, it was also a recreation area close to Lahore. It was thus an important centre of the Mughal empire and they embellished it with magnificent gardens.

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