Simla from Jakko
Photographer: Saché, John Edward
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by John Edward Saché taken in the 1870s, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. A view of Simla taken from Mount Jakko, the peak nearest to the town and a place for morning and evening walks. The hill-station of Simla, 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. Simla 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.