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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎97v] (199/739)

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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. 78—
Isfahan to karman ,«n« Bhiynn,
Names of stages.
D istances
4 600'.
R emaeks.
First over stony ground, then down sharp descent
throogh gardens, to dry river-bed : at mile;*
passed Khairabad village. At 3i miles passed
Salabad village : road stony with gradual descent.
At 5 miles passed Khurabad: at 8 miles Faizabad.
At 9 miles Sadikabad passed on right: at 10
miles fine open stream from a Jcanat: here road
from Abarkuh via Aliabad joined : immediately
after crossed wide and deep torrent-bed : then
gentle ascent of Shirkuh spurs, after crest of
which at 11 miles again descended. At 17 miles
straggling village of K or as ha which commands
the gorge 3 miles off, 100 houses, 600 people, 500
mans sown yearly. The gorge commands roads to
Isfahan and Shiraz via Abarkuh. Descended
again to torrent bed and at 19 miles reached
short gorge, road along river bed and amidst
Icanats, at 21 miles gardens of Taft among low
hills : population 7,500, water from 1canats-~-cf.
Sect. I.
Continued along river-bed for about 2 miles then
eastwards, and at 4 miles passed between two
rocky low hills, town of Yazd visible below,
which is reached at about 6 miles.
Through gardens towards hills on south-west, road
very deep in sand and heavy. Dakhma tower
is conspicuous in low hills. At 4 miles Najaf-
abad village (20 houses), after which road im
proved, at 7i miles Rahmatabad (70 houses),
at 10| miles Muhammadabad, prosperous place ;
300 houses, at 19 miles Jaghiabad village with
good stream and gardens. At 22| miles Sar-i-
yazd, 1,100 people : main water supply from Yazd,
14 252
Continued ascending till at 8 miles, a few houses
were passed, and at 17 miles Zainuddin reached.
Chaparkhana and ruined sarai : water salt and
Continued across desert, after 10 miles passed
successively Mehdiabad, Baharduran, Husenabad,
and Faizabad, about 3 miles away in apparently
a small oasis. The telegraph line following
this route strikes across the plain in a bee line,
At li miles Karmanshahan telegraph station,

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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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