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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎128r] (260/739)

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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. no.
Rui-Khaf to Mashad, via, Sangan and Sanghast.
Authority —Steward.
Names of stages.
D istances
in miles.
5 ' Total.
N aseabad
Nasrabad is a strongly fortified village.
S angan
14 miles to Rushkar ; tbere turn off the Tehran
road, and take the Turbat-i-Haidari road as far
as Sangan. A very large village strongly forti
fied. From here there is a direct road to Ma
shad, but it is very bad, crossing two ranges.
Another road via Kala Minar is also bad.
Z awa
Soon after leaving Sangan enter the range of hills,
which is a continuation of the Bak harz monn.
tains. At 13 miles reach the flourishing village
of Zawa, which stands in a fertile valley. Near
it are the villages of Daulatabad, Harig, Talki.
N isue G oelasi
6 miles from Zawa cross another distinct moun
tain range by the <f Dahana Kisht Pukhta, ,, so
named from a ruined brick caravansarai which
stands in the pass. At 17 miles reach the crest
(6,400'). The hills around are quite 1,500' higher.
The pass is quite impracticable for wheeled guns.
From the crest the road descends rapidly to
B ad wand
Over a plain skirting the mountains crossed on the
previous march. Bad wand is a small village,
but stands in a rich expanse of pasture.
S angbast
Leaving Fariman to the right, march direct for
Sangbast on the Mashad-Herat road, (See
Route No. 136, stage 2.)
M ashad
Vide Indes:.

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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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