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'ROUTES IN PERSIA. SECTION III' [‎336r] (676/739)

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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. 240— concld,
Yazd to Khur, via Pusht-i-Badam.
Names of stages.
D istances
in miles.
E emabks.
From Rizab the road ascends gradually to the
neck of a range of hills, which are reached in 6
miles, and then, turning more north, it winds
through hills to the end of the stage. Here
good water is procurable, and a few supplies mi^ht
be collected.
There is a direct road, 60 miles, from Saugand to
On leaving Saugand, there is a descent close to
some rocky hills to Hlahabad, 15 miles. This
place, mentioned by Christie as a stage, is now in
ruins, and has no water. The road then goes
over an immense plain, stretching north-west and
south-east, as far as could be seen. There is
water at only one place in 42 miles, wz., Haoz-i-
Chahar Farsakh about 12 miles from Pusht -i-
This last is a large village situated in a stony valley^
hut has a good deal of cultivation round it, and
a good caravansarai. Cf. Eoutes Nos. 83, 202 and
243. Supplies, of all kinds abundant.
About 40 miles over stony plain, the last 7 miles
being sandy ridges, and Beyaza, in the district
of Biabanak, was reached. This place has a few
hundred palm-trees,
A short march to small hamlet of Arasun. En»
camped by a tank of clear water under a few
Road on leaving winds round a hill, and ascend
ing gradually goes over a neck at 3| miles. At
6 miles it crosses a dry watercourse draining to
north-east, and thence passes over a stony plain
for 5 miles. It then crosses a low spur of the
Kuh Ohustab range, and at 13J miles passes
a haoz with water; road good. In J a mile over
a ridge; 2 miles further another, then over undu
lating ground covered with gravel for 5 miles to
Khur. Large village. Connects with Routes
Nos. 60 and 122, &c.
MacGregor's alternative from stage 5 is
The road is level; crosses a
low pass, Gudar Chugas
G aemab
• M
K hu*

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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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