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Simla. General view from Jakko

Simla. General view from Jakko

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 752/12(71)

Item number: 7521271

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Simla from Mount Jakko, Himachal Pradesh, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1865. Mount Jakko is the nearest peak to the hill-station of Simla, a popular resort with British residents of India from the 1820s. Simla became the summer capital of British India when the Governor-General began to take his council with him to the hills to escape the intense heat of Calcutta. It is now the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The main thoroughfare in Simla, the Mall, was a popular place for walks, drives and meetings on summer evenings when the British 'took the air'. Simla was known as the 'English Convalescent Station' as its climate was conducive to good health and the Military Sanatoria of Kasauli, Sanawar and Sabathu were nearby.

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