Sind Valley. Watercourse from the Pass
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph taken in the 1860s by Samuel Bourne of the Zoji La Pass in the Sind Valley in Jammu and Kashmir. The Sind River in Kashmir is a tributary of the River Jhelum. The source of the river is traditionally considered to be the sacred Lake Gangbal on Harmukh Mountain. The Sind flows for sixty miles and joins the Jhelum at Lake Anchar at Ganderbal. Bourne undertook three extensive expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas between 1863 and 1866. He submitted many photographs to the 6th Annual Exhibition of the Bengal Photographic Society of 1863. The judges and critics were impressed with the clarity and composition of his images, and awarded Bourne a gold medal for one of his views of that year's expedition.