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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎334v] (673/739)

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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. 239— contd.
Y azd to K ashan, via AMa, Nain, and Ardistan*
D istances
in miles.
Names of stages.
E bmaeks.
to east of road, said to belong to the Imam Jama.
At this point on the road is another bry haoz
At 15 miles village,of Faravad to west, and at 16*
miles village of Naistanak, containing some 200
houses.^ Camp in hamlet of Khabid at 17 miles,
where is a stream and gardens.
Track ascended, with several hamlets lying to west,
under the Natanz range, i.e., Mabad, Husenabad',
and Tehran. At 6 J miles a new haoz, and at 10J
miles watershed is reached. Thence a gradual
descent with low^hills on west, close to track. At
13 miles enter wide valley, and at 15 miles pass
a kanat with small plot of cultivation. At 16J
miles ditto, whilst to east under the hills are vil
lages of Meshab and Mehrabad. At 19 miles
Panj, to east of road and still descending, at 21J
miles reach Zaferkund. With respect to the name
of this place it is always spoken of as ^ogund,
but written Zaferkund. Supplies in plenty, but
water indifferent. Good water can, however, be
fetched from a short distance.
A edistan
This day's journey consisted of gradual and con
tinuous descent down broad valley. At 1 mile
Takiabad to west, under hill. At 9§ miles a haoz
of sweet water, and village of Sarhangabad to east
of road. At 13J miles camp in a garden to the
south of Ardistan, a small town. From Ardistan
there is a hill road to Isfahan, and also to
Natanz. The difference in elevation makes
Ardistan a much hotter place than Jogund.
Clearing town at about a mile, see village of
Husenabad to west, under the hills, and travel
across a wide plain with following villages to east
of road:—Mahmudabad at 4y miles, Muham-
madabad at 6f miles and Husenabad at 8 miles.
At last point a kanat crosses road, and at 10
miles is sarai Samani Sultanat, containing a goad
water-supply. At 13J miles Mahrad, a big
village to west of road, with Razikabad and Deh
Nao to east of road). At 14| miles Jafrabad to
east, and at 16^ miles Allabad, also to east (water
at the latter is said to be salt.) All the corn
m this district was already cut (May 10th), but
not yet threshed. ^ ^ '

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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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