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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎218r] (440/739)

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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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881
No. 379— contd.
S amnan to K arat, via Duzai, Turut, fyc.
No.
of
stage.
dlsta-nces
in milks.
Names of stages.
i
nterme-
diate.
Total.
Rkmabss*
37
Nistafan
18(P)
532%
Road runs over level plain. Cross broad dry shal
low watercourse. Then enter the village of Asa-
dabad. Water scarce and brackish (from wells).
Most of the inhabitants have deserted the place'
Road then over a clayey plain, said to be contin
uation of that crossed between Kalat Ali and the
Khaibar Kuh. Pass one haoz left of road full of
water and in good repair. The road now com
mences to ascend, afterwards over low hillocks
and then over level ground. Pass hamlet and
considerable stream (fresh) and on to Nistafan
(300 houses). Water plentiful. Kui Khaf said
to be 3 farsakhs hence.
38
Karat
25(P)
557i
Over open ground ; cross road from Khaf to San-
gun (latter distant 3 farsakhs on right), throuo-h
Dahna Shishab pass to Karat. Road fair as far
as summit of pass, thence passable to pack animals
only ; little work necessary for passage of guns ;
last 3 miles beside copious fresh (stream). 0
Road passable to all arms, with exception noted.
General Report (Vatjghan).
From Samnan to Bajistan, a distance of 401 miles,
the route lies through sparsely populated tracts
where water, though abundant enough at long
intervals, is yet insufficient in all places for the
requirements of troops.
Supplies are scarce and totally inadequate to meet
the supply of anything beyond the few caravans
and solitary travellers who pass this way. The
road, though unfit in its present state in a few
places for guns, is a good one, and though it
crosses several mountain ranges, the ascents and
descents are so gentle that they form no serious
obstacle, if the passes east of Duzai and north of
Chah Pali be excepted. The greater part of the
road runs over open gravel plains or along
glacis-like slopes formed of the same materials
which connect the hills with the Jcavir, To the
south the Dasht-i-Kavirstretchesaway for miles,
and though I examined it with the greatest caro
and questioned many natives in the hope of find
ing routes across it, there were only two that I
saw or heard of—the route from Yazd to Dama-
ghan via J andak, and the road I crossed north of
Chashma Dubor, which was said to run direct
from Anarak to Mashad.
The country to the north of my route between
Samnan and the Kuh-i-Taurum contains, 1

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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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