Ghaut scenery [?near Khandala]. 96032
Photographer: Scott, Charles
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph was taken by Captain C. Scott in the late 1850s and published in an album entitled 'Views on the Bhore Ghaut, shewing some of the Railway Cuttings' (J. Hogarth, London, 1860). The railway connecting Thana through the Thal and Bhor Ghat inclines was the initiative of George Clark, Chief Engineer of the Bombay Government. The Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company developed the scheme in the 1840s and the Bhor Ghat pass was opened in 1861 as the main route over the Western Ghats, linking the sea coast with the Deccan. The very faded rock face in the distance is probably the landmark known as the Duke's Nose.