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General view of Simla 39434

General view of Simla 39434

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 394/(34)

Item number: 39434

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of was taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s as part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. It subject is Simla, a hill-station with a pleasant temperate climate, which first became popular with British residents of India in the 1820's. It also became the summer capital of the Bengal Presidency when the Governor-General began to take his council with him to the hills to escape the intense heat of the plains. Simla was also known as the 'English Convalescent Station' as its climate was very conducive to good general health in contrast to the heat and conditions in the winter capital of Calcutta. Nearby were the Military Sanitoria at Kasauli, Sanawur and Sabathu.

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