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Simla in winter: View on Jakko above Combermere Bridge

Simla in winter: View on Jakko above Combermere Bridge

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: Photo 883/(8)

Item number: 8838

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a snow scene Shimla from the 'Album of Indian Views' taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. This is a view on Jakko above Combermere Bridge. Mount Jakko is the peak nearest to the town. Combermere Bridge was built in 1828 by Lord Combermere, Commander-in Chief in India, to connect Simla and Chota Simla (Little Simla). The hill-station of Shimla, now the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, became a popular resort with British residents of India in the 1820s. It also became the Presidency's summer capital when the Governor-General began to take his administration with him to the hills to escape the intense heat of Calcutta 1300 miles away. Shimla was known as the 'English Convalescent Station' as its climate was so conducive to good general health and the Military Sanatoria of Kasauli, Sanawar and Sabathu were also nearby.

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