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Station view, Mt Abu

Station view, Mt Abu

Photographer: Deen Dayal, Lala

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 430/21(36)

Item number: 4302136

Length: 20.3

Width: 28.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Mount Abu in Rajasthan, taken by Lala Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of places proposed to be visited by Their Excellencies Lord & Lady Curzon during Autumn Tour 1902'. Lord Curzon served as Viceroy of India between 1899 and 1905. This is a general view of the hill station at Mount Abu, a plateau in the Aravalli Hills 1200 metres (4000 feet) above sea level. From 1840 Abu was used as a summer residence by the Political Superintendent of Sirohi and a sanatorium was subsequently built for invalid soldiers. From 1845 until 1947 it was the headquarters of the British Resident in Rajputana. In the foreground of this view is the Nakki Talao lake; the name is derived from a legend that the lake was excavated by the fingernails (nakki) of the gods. To the north-east of the town is the famous Jain temple complex of Dilwara, a pilgrimage site built between the 11th and 15th centuries.

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