Simla, 1883-84 752155
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Shimla from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Miscellaneous views, taken in 1883. 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 conducive to good general health and the Military Sanatoria of Kasauli, Sanawar and Sabathu were also nearby.