Sind Valley. View near Gagangair
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a view of the river near Gagangair in the Sind Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. The Sind River is a tributary of the River Jhelum, and runs through the Sind Valley in Kashmir. The source of the Sind 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 entering through a swampy delta. 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.