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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎163v] (331/739)

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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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272
No. 145— concld.
M ashad to S auakhs, via Kaichidar, fyc.
No.
of
stage.
Names of stages.
Shueukh
D istancks
in miles.
Inter
mediate.
Total.
16
6 Si -EAKHS
32
71
103
Rbmabks*
and on Sarakhs side are numerous springs of ex
cellent water to north-west. From top of rang?,
position of newly settled village of Mazangan
pointed out to north-north-west on road between
Shurukh and Persian Chachaj this is a most
important route. Mazangan has now 50 fami
lies ; water good and abundant; distance from
Mazdaran about 20 miles apparently and 25 on
to Chacha. Eoad said to be dry all the way
even after rain.
Eeach crest of Mazdaran (3,200'). Ascent stony
but not difficult; a good gradient to top could
be easily found in several directions ; descent
easy even by rough track followed. Several
ridges available for road, making easy gradients.
Bottom of descent in Tash Sang nullah (2,750 f )
whence quite easy all the way to Shurukh. The
Mazangan nullah comes in on left at about 1|
miles from springs. Snowfalls on Mazdaran pass
but does not lie long, and the pass is rarely if
ever closed. Cold sometimes stops travellers for
a short time, position on top of pass is strong;
but can be turned by footpaths on either flank ;
these paths were formerly used by Turkomans ;
no village at Shurukh. Water (brackish) from
springs, abundant; fuel in plenty.
At 8 miles old cistern with no water ; no habit
ations. At 14 miles Gumbazli (remains of old
village) ; no water except some of a very bad de
scription from kanat a little off road ; 4 or 5
families. At 30 miles Kandukli canal with good
body of water from Had Rud.
No. 146.
M ashad to S arakhs,
Anthorily — N apiek ; M ac G eegou.
No.
of
stage.
Names of stages.
D istances
in miles.
E emaeks,
Inter
mediate.
Total.
1
2
Kanagosha
Foronad or
Gujki .
15
10-2
15
25-2
Plain. E. N. E. from Mashad.
Large villages in the Tabat Khan Baluk. Read
through low hills.

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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.

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1 volume (367 folios)
Arrangement

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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