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Clump of chenars at Achibul

Clump of chenars at Achibul

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: Photo 883/(49)

Item number: 88349

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of chenar trees by the stream at Achabal from the 'Album of Indian Views' taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. Achabal (literally peaceful place) lies close to the old direct road to Srinagar from Pahalgam. The gardens here were laid out by Nurjahan in 1640 around a natural spring. The Chenar tree which was planted extensively by the Mughal emperors in Kashmir is now a distinctive feature in the valley. Chenar, or Chinar is the Persian name for the Oriental Plane Tree (Platanus Orientalis). The tree is a magnificent sight all year round, with the colour of its leaves changing from golden yellow to red, and is often planted along the river.

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