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The record is made up of 1 volume (367 folios). It was created in 1898. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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No. 22.
BaJgirha (Peesian) Kochan,
Authori'iy—W. C. Yate. September, 1891-.
D istances in
Names of stages.
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Road descends some 300 feet in the two miles from
Baj^irha to Mibmankhana, and then it rises some
900 feet in the next three miles to the top of the
kotal. Thence it runs up and down round the
first hills for another five miles till a second kotal
is reached 400 feet higher still. From that there
is a steep descent, zigzagged out of the hill-side^
down to a rocky gorge surmounted by a Tur
koman watch-tower, some 3 miles below. The
ravine here is barely 20 feet wide, and the road
is blasted out of the rocks in the bed of a nullah,
and must be flooded out in the spring rains.
There is a bridle path, though, over the hills, which
is about half a mile shorter than the road. From
the gorge the road winds steadily down to the
village, which lies to the south of the Duringar
stream just at the point where it enters a long
gorge in the hills with high cliffs on either side.
The stream is full of small fish.
The village contains 50 families of Pahlwanla
Kurds and seems to have a lot of rooms to let to
travellers. Supplies plentiful, but rates are
higher than off the road.
Im AMGtTtil
6 ,800'.
The road runs up the banks of the Duringar stream
for the first four miles, three of which are through
a rocky gorge with precipitous cli ffs on either side.
The road seems well aliened and crossed the river
three times by brick bridges which have stood
so far.
The village of Shahrig, where the river joins the
road from the south, is here left half a mile to
the right.
At the 6J miles the village Kishlag is reached, and
miles beyond that Imamguli.
The valley in which these two villages lie is
supplied with water from springs. Both are

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The volume is a Government of India official publication entitled Routes in Persia. Section III. Compiled in the Intelligence Branch of the Quarter Master General's Department in India (Simla: printed at the Government Central Printing Office, 1898).

The volume contains details of all land routes (numbered 1-247) in Persia starting from Russian territory and extending south as far as a line drawn from Karmanshah [Kermānshāh] south-eastwards through Burujird [Borūjerd], Isfahan [Eşfahān] and Yazd to Karman [Kermān], and thence north-east to Khabis [Khabīş] and Neh to Lash Juwain [Lāsh-e Juwayn].

The information given for each route comprises:

  • number of route;
  • place names forming starting point and destination of route;
  • authority and date;
  • number of stage;
  • names of stages;
  • distance in miles (intermediate and total);
  • remarks (including precise details of the route, general geographical information, and information on smaller settlements, local peoples, agriculture, condition of roads, access to water, supplies of wood, and other routes).

An appendix within the volume (folios 356-359) and two separately-stored sets of loose sheets (containing routes numbers 77 (a) and 140-A, folios 363-369) give information too late for incorporation in the body of the work.

The volume also contains pockets attached to the front and back inside covers for maps. These consist of an index map showing the limits of each of the three sections of Routes in Persia (folio 2) and an index map to the routes in Section III (folio 361). There is also a fold-out map of the route from Seistan [Sīstān] to Mashad on folio 232.

An ink stamp on the front cover records the confidential nature of the publication and that it was being transmitted for the information of His Excellency the Viceroy (Victor Alexander Bruce, 9th Earl of Elgin and 16th Earl of Kincardine) only.

Extent and format
1 volume (367 folios)

The volume contains an alphabetical cross index (folios 6-17), and an alphabetical index to names of places (folios 18-25).

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates on the last page of the loose supplementary sheets (found in the small grey folder within the main folder); these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Pagination: the volume also contains a printed pagination sequence.

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