View from 'Gorton Castle' looking North-East, Simla
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from 'Gorton Castle' looking north-east, Simla, Himachal Pradesh, from the Macnabb Collection, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1865. The hill-station of Simla was 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. 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. This view was taken from 'Gorton Castle', designed to resemble a Gothic castle, one of the houses in the area for annual rent to visitors.