Scenery on Chambal river, three miles above Kotah in Rajputana
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the scenery on the Chambal River, near Kotah in Rajasthan, taken by an unknown photographer for the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Northern Circle (North-Western Provinces and Oudh) in 1896-97. The Chambal River originates near Kota and travels easterly 900 km before emptying into the Yamuna River, of which it is the largest tributary. In the Progress Report for those years, A. Führer wrote, "The banks of the Chambal just above Kotah are most romantic...and remind one of the scenery on the Rhine or Rhone. Few portions of our globe attest more powerfully the force exerted by the action of water to subdue every obstacle than a view of the rock-bound channel of this stream in its adamantine barrier. The stream here forced its way laying bare the stratification from the water's level to the summit, from 300 to 600 feet in perpendicular height, the rock appearing as if chiselled by the hand of man. In its indented glens and deep dells are hidden away many treasures of art and antiquity..."