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'Military Report on South-West Persia, Including the Provinces of Khuzistan (Arabistan), Luristan, and Part of Fars' [‎219] (238/466)

The record is made up of 1 volume (390 pages). It was created in 1885. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: Printed Collections.


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' From the head of the Tang, 20 miles from Kir-ab, a diffieult ascent of
First rid e ^ hours leads over the Kiih-i-Be-Ab (no water
118 except that derived from the melting snow),
connected with the Kuh-i-Mangerrah to the west and the Kuh-i-Shahzada-
Ahmad to the east.
Descending off the Kuh-i-Be-Ab, a descent of some miles, another ridge of
jv the great chain, the Kdh-i-Anarah-md, is cross-
econ ncge. and below it the Anarah-rdd reached; this
is the left branch of the Ab-i-Zal.
Beyond it a third range, the Kal-Aspad (white peak), is crossed, and the
valley of the Ab-i-Zal reached, a distance of about
ir rl ge * 30 miles from the head of the Tang. This is
the wildest part of the Lur hills and inhabited by the Dirikawand, who are
continuously in rebellion and most notorious thieves. The country here pre
sents to view a mass of tremendous mountains. The three ranges crossed are
connected with the line of Kialun, Kirki, and Manger rah, and form the outer
line of the Zagros Hange [see pages 355 to 357).
Beyond the Ab-i-Zal the ascent of the second chain, the Kuh-i-Gird, is
Q . effected (round hill). The descent to the Tavin
becond cnam. • j i r™
river and plain occupies two hours. The valley
runs west-north-west and east-south-east, and is 15 miles distant from the Zal
valley. Horses have to be led up the ascent of the Kuh-i-Gird, which is not,
however, so steep as that of the Kuh-i-Be-Ab. A low range separates the
Tayin valley from that of theKayun, distant 5 miles.
From the Kayun valley the Kuh-i-Haftad-Pehlu (seventy-sided hill) is
T1 . , . crossed, here consisting of two ridges, between
which is an open tableland, the Yailaks of the
Dirikawand tribe. The descent of its northern slope through a forest of oak
takes three hours, and from its foot Khoramabad is distant 5 miles.— (Eawlinson.)
De Bode (in February) commencing the descent of the Chul pass at 11 a. m.,
cu i t - i x ^ H'-I S reached the ruins of Jaidar: at noon he
Chul pass via Jaidar to Khora- j i i -i • i t , 3 v 11WUIJ lifc5
mabad. descended a sloping decli vity along a marshy
country to GuivUhoshki; half an hour more
brought him to the spacious meadow of Jaidar, beyond which at the distance
of another half hour's journey lies the Kashgan river. The river is forded with
great difficulty after rain. Two miles north-north-west, beyond the river, oaks
commence to grow and the tents of the Yusufwand, a branch of the Silasila
are met with.
Second stage. —From this point the road follows the right bank of the
Kashgan river for one hour in a north-north-east direction till the Kuh-i-Peru-
Penz is reached, whence a road runs north to the Madian-rud by the Tang-i-
Tul-i-Kesh. The road taking a north-west and north-north-west direction soon
loses sight of the Kashgan river which in its upper course flows south-west
and after an hour and one quarter by a zigzag path a steep hill covered with
oaks is ascended; a further journey of IJ hours leads to the Biala valley
through which runs a stream. Leaving this valley and the Wezenior-kuh to
the left, after an hour's journey the descent is made to the spacious valley of
Madian-rud, in Kuh-i-Dasht, a district inhabited by the Dilfan tribe and
the Azad-Bakti. The pastures of this district and that of Jaidar are excellent.
Third stage. —Half an hour's ride leads to the Madian-rud, 2 miles, after
crossing which a hill is ascended and the road takes a direction due east along
heights covered with oak. A two hours' march leads to another hill, at the foot
of which is the bed of a rivulet full of cascades; after a further journey of 2

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Military Report on South-West Persia, Including the Provinces of Khuzistan (Arabistan), Luristan, and Part of Fars by Major and Bt. Lieut-Col. Mark S. Bell, V.C., R.E.

Publication Details: Simla: Government Central Branch Press, 1885. Prepared in the Intelligence Branch of the Quarter Master General's Department in India.

Physical Description: 3 maps in end pockets. 41 plates.

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1 volume (390 pages)

This volume contains a table of contents giving chapter headings and page references.

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Dimensions: 245mm x 150mm

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