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The Tonga Road [Simla].

The Tonga Road [Simla].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 15/1(72)

Item number: 72

Length: 20.7

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View taken near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', in the 1890s. The hill-station of Shimla, now the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, became a popular resort with British residents of India in the 1820s. It also became the Presidency's summer capital when the Governor-General began to take his administration with him to the hills to escape the intense heat of Calcutta.

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