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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎298v] (601/739)

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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. 227.
T ehran to K armanshah, IImn a dan.
Aulhority — T aylor ; M aekham.
D istances.
IN miles.
Names of stag-eg.
K tjlma
Boad overrun by watercourses and extremely
muddy, through alluvial plain, with numerous
villages surrounded by gardens and poplar
trees, but scanty. General direction W. S. W.
Leaving Tehran by S. W. gate, road emerges
into a vast plain, suitable from its space, forage
and situation, for the eamping-ground of an
army, and superior in this respect to N. side of
the capital. For the first 4J miles the road
passes between numerous gardens with poplar
trees, crossing many watercourses. At 4J pass
a caravansarai on the right, and village of
Khaniabad, about half a mile off left, amongst
gardens. ^ Beyond, off right, a village ; and at 5
miles an imamzada among fine trees on right.
At 5J miles cross broad watercourse by bridge,
and pass walled garden on left. At 6 miles
cross dry bed of a stream, and pass village off
right of road. After this cross another small
stream, and at 8 miles pass ruins of a mud fort
and other buildings. After this pass walled
garden on left of road. Cross watercourse, and
at 9 miles pass a ruined imamzada and gardens
on right. At miles a line of kanats&\i&. water-
course cross road. A little further on pass walled
garden on lett; and at 10 miles pass small stream
rising at side of road, and cross deep nullah. At
11J miles pass extensive walled garden on left,
and another on the right. At 13|- miles cross deep
nullah, at bottom of which there is a small
stream; and at 14 miles pass through mud ruins.
At 15 miles ford a stream with village on left;
and at 16i miles ford another stream. Shortly
after this cross a watercourse, and pass a village
on left of road. A little further on come to
large brick kiln on left, and a caravansarai on
right. At 17i miles cross the river Karij # by
brick bridge in good repair. River about 30 yards
broad, deep and rapid. Cross a watercourse,
and soon after reach camping ground.
R obat kaeim ...
Road generally level with a few undulations,
over alluvial plain much intersected by water
courses, which overflow their banks, inundating
road, and creating deep muddy swamps. General
direction W. S. W. After half a mile road passes
high mass of mud ruins on left. Descends steep
N. bank of small stream; crosses it, and emerges
into grassy bottom on its S. bank. Here there is
♦ " or Karj, 3 *

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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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