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In Narkunda Forest.

In Narkunda Forest.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 15/1(48)

Item number: 48

Length: 23.1

Width: 28.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View showing a road and sheer cliffs in foreground with a conifer forest in the background near Narkunda in the Himalaya Mountains, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98'. This is a late print (1890s) from a Samuel Bourne photograph; Bourne's original negative number (259) has been scratched out and replaced by a new reference. What gives Narkanda its awe-inspiring view of the snowy peaks is the fact that it is located on the ridge of the last watershed before the Himalayan range. Below Narkanda, to the north is the Sutlej Valley and beyond it is the snowy massif. The ridge on which Narkanda stands is the watershed between the Sutlej on the north and the Giri river. The sleepy town of Narkanda sits astride the watershed between the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. The road here was part of the old Hindustan-Tibet caravan route.

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