Srinugger, Cashmere [Srinagar, Kashmir]. Commissioner's House.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
This view of the British Commissioner's House in Srinagar was taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Natural lakes, picturesque canals and narrow lanes winding amongst old timber houses typify Srinagar. The city was a favourite of the Mughal Emperors as it was cool and refreshing after the heat of the plains of North India where they held their government. They planted beautiful gardens with stepped terraces and flowing watercourses. From 1793 Srinangar was the summer capital of the British. The ruler of Kashmir allowed them to come but not initially to build. The British visitors therefore lived in houseboats for which Srinagar has since become legendary.