On the Jhelum [Srinagar] 75212100
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph on the Dhal Canal, on the River Jhelum, near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, from the Macnabb Collection, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1865. The Jhelum is one of the five tributaries of the Indus, the great river which has its source in the Himalayas and from which India takes its name. The twin-peaked mountain in the distance of this view is the Takht-i-Suleiman (Throne of Solomon). The Takht-i-Sulaiman, the highest point of the Sulaiman range, which runs north to south along the western edge of the Indus river valley in Central Pakistan, is a popular Muslim pilgrimage site. Bourne undertook three extensive expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas between 1863 and 1866. He took many views of the city of Srinagar and its surroundings during his stay and commented, 'Photography here became one of the most delightful occupations'.