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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎69r] (142/739)

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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, 53— contd.
B andar G az io H erat, fyc.
Names of stages.
T ash R obat
in miles.
Through the Chalchalian pass, for which see Napi
er's account in this route.
See Napier's account of this part of the route
(stages Nos. 8 and 9 above).
Another account (via Kiarat and Haft-Chashma) by Lovett is as fol
lows :—•
From Astrahad to Kiarat, road, though flat, is
bad. Kiarat is a series of wide pastures at the 1
entrance of Kazluk pass into the mountains.
K iaeat
Buland Sefaleh
H aft C hashma.
T ash E obat
On leaving Kiarat, road passes through forest,,
through valley of Garm Dasht. Actual ascent
of Kazluk pass begins at 3,450'. Road is impass
able for horsed guns, but guns have been dragged
through bj hand. Passing small sarai of Robat-
i-Kazluk, Buland Sefaleh is reached at 5,200'.
Here there is a spring and an open down suit
able for encamping. Summit of the pass i»
reached at 7,200',
Road then descends 500 r to Charbagh, and now
traverses the dreary valley of Aliabad (7,300').
Road then turns E. by the Jaleng Miling
pass to Haft Chashma (8,000'), which^ is a
pasturage watered by a streanu
Road runs through. Waimamu pass (9,000');
thence along a stream flowing S. till it joins the
watercourse which passes Tash, which itself lies
about a mile off road. Tash is a village of 50
houses with a telegraph station. Fuel and sup
plies are scarce.
Road follows river through the Dahan-i-Tash to
sarai of Robat-i-Tijir, where it emerges on a flat
sterile valley, about 12 miles long and from 2 to
5 broad, bounded on the S. by arid and precipi
tous Tapal range. Through valley road run& to
ruined village of Muhammadabad. There is a canal
S. of road, and at Kalata (5,150') water from a
karez is plentiful. Bostam, 3 miles further on,
is surrounded by gardens and fields, watered by
karezes and the canal above-mentioned.
The main road, however, does not go to Bostam ;
but, turning south, proceeds direct to Shahrud,
which is 5 miles beyond Kalata. Cf, Napier's
The route abovo described is the main road be
tween Astrabad and Shahrud, along which the
telegraph line is carried. _

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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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