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The cart-road, Winter [Simla].

The cart-road, Winter [Simla].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(155)

Item number: 502155

Genre: Photograph

Photograph with a view of a snow-covered road in Simla (Shimla), Himachal Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views. Simla, once a small village in the Himalayan foothills named after the goddess Shyamla Devi, was discovered by the British after the Gurkha Wars in the early 19th century and developed by them into a resort and recuperative station with many sanatoria. It grew into the largest hill-station in India and the Governor General began to take his council there to escape the intense heat of Calcutta 1,300 miles away. It thus became the summer capital of the British administration, and during the season was the fashionable focus of Indian society. In winter the town was quiet and its population was thinned as people retreated to work in the plains once more.

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