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'Military Report on South-West Persia, Including the Provinces of Khuzistan (Arabistan), Luristan, and Part of Fars' [‎246] (275/466)

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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R oute N o. 2 — cone Id.
From Kum to Gulpaigdn —concld.
Distances in"
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Names of towns, villages, &c.
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Crosses several imgation channels, irrigating fields growing wheat, which is 1' high
and of good quality.
G ulpaig I n (eleva
tion 5,875')
Long. 50° 20' E.
, Lat. 33° 24' N.
their walls are 15' to 20' high, the
A town of about 3,000 or 4,000 inhabit
ants and 1,500 to 2,000 houses ; its streets
are 10' to 12' wide, wider than those of most
Persian towns ; its houses are of mud ;
roofs are domed ; each house is, as usual, surrounded by
hio-h walls of mud ; the bazar is of small size and trade seemed most inactive; its only con-
spicuous architectural objects are a dome of blue glazed bricks and a high minaret of elegant
proportions ; the outer surface of the latter is of burnt brown bricks, which are worked into
various patterns and lie in all positions ; the minaret is falling into ruins. It boasts of 2
caravanserais, the largest a fairly commodious one.
A Saiyid makes powder of a poor quality, which passes current as good amongst the
(sportsmen of the town.
The outskirts consist of a mass of holes excavated to supply the soil necessary to build
the houses. Walled gardens and plantations extend from the town to the low hills to the
General Remarlcs. —To Komain from Maziah the road passes over irrigated fields; soil
clay ; it is swampy ; ditching and drainage would improve it. From Komain to the summit
of the pass the road is generally very good, and the ascent gradual and easy, except for the
last 200/ The difficult stretches of rock met with during the descent, and where the road
is a mere mule path, equal a total length of about 2 miles ; the rest of the descent is a good
mule track ; the last 2 miles of the descent is broad, with a gentle gradient.
From Gulpaigan the roads to both Sultanabad and Ibrahimabad pass through Komain
{see page 245),
The stage to the latter place is Siiin, distant 16 miles from Komain.
The following is a route often taken from Kum to Gulpaigan :—
1. Daghan
2. Nazar
3. Dudahur or Diiduk
4. Nimiwur or Nummewar
5. Uulmagird
6. Gulpaigan
... 15
... 17
... 18
... 18
... 20
... 20
... 108
Water is brought into the town from a spring in the hills.
The wheat and barley is harvested in July. The north-east end of the valley contains
many villages with trees and pigeon towers.
With reference to the facilities of converting the present mule-road into a cart-road
12' to 15' broad (30' over the level) following the former
Cart-road. classification, of the 112 miles between Kum and GulfCLigan,
90 miles are classed as good, 10 miles as fair, and 12 miles as
had; calculated at the rates given on page 238, and allowing for an increase in its length
of 18 miles, at Rs. 600 per mile, on account of its lessened gradient, the cost of the
road would he ahout JRs. 17,800 or an average of JRs. 135 per mile.
Bridging. See pages 217, 225 s 309.

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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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