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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎45v] (95/156)

The record is made up of 1 volume (74 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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REPORT OF KHAN BAHADUR MAULA BAKIJSH
Hauz-i-
Gudar'i-Zurd.
(«)
The Deputy Governor of Nell is sending two camel-sowars to accompany
me to the end of his territory.
Monday, 6th June 1898.
98. Hauz-i-Guddr-i-Zard,
Time taken by laden camels, 6£ hours.
Distance, 13 miles.
Water, good, from a reservoir.
Camel-grazing and fire-wood plentiful.
No supplies procurable.
Our road led east of Neh to Khunik-i-Sufld or Khunik-i-Pain (Lower
Road between Neb and Hauz-i-Gudar-i-Zard. Khunik) which is situated at the 5th
mile, and thence to Gudar-i-Zard, which
we reached at about the 10th mile.
(6) Gudar-i-Zard is the name of a small kotal, which is not very steep and
Gudar-i-Zard. across which laden camels can pass with
little difficulty, but as some of our
camels were carrying heavy panniers, we avoided the kotal and made a detour
of about a mile round its southern corner through a nalla to the Hauz, which
is situated at about two miles east of the said kotal.
(c) the hauz (or tank) of Gudar-i-Zard is a water-reservoir built of
HHuz-i-Gudar-i-Zard. burnt bricks, it is said, by order of Mir
a • /m • r t?" '• to- x. Khdn ’ H askmat-ul-Mulk, the late
Amir (Chief) of Earn and Sistan, about thirty years ago, for storing rain
water for the benefit of travellers. Being situated at the foot of the Gudar-i-
Zard it is called Hauz-i-Gudar-i-Zard. Fortunately the reservoir contained
about 2 feet of pure rain-water at the time which enabled us to camp near
it. Had it been dry, we would have had to carry water with us from Neh,
Kniia-i-SaM. because at Kalla-i-Safid, the name of
i -\t i i • i • xi , , -i. • some white rocks about 16 miles south-
xtm • 1S i, ie USlial lia l tln S P^ce for camels going direct towards
Kuh-i-Mahk Siah, neither water, nor fire-wood, nor anything else is procurable.
There is nothing procurable at Hauz-i-Gudar-i-Zard either except camel
grazing and rain-water in a favourable season, as there is no villa o, e or habita
tion near it. ” ictwxta
The water that is in the Hauz at present is not likely to last for more than
a month, after winch caravans taking this route would find no water on the
teTc lidh T^ur^az* ^ Ka a ' 1 " Safid Ullless the y make a detour of several miles
(d) Ohah-i-Kurgaz is the name of a group of three wells containino' <mod
CM (Wei7‘ 2 ' '! ater < with no habitation near’them)
Gudar-i-Zard (18 miles east of Neh and 8 miles west of AHabad)
(e) A hot strong wind blew all day and the weather was very unpleasant
Heat oppressive at Hauz-i-Gudar-i-Zard. an( ^ . Oppressive. By taking great pre»
effects of the heat which knocked me up" in 818^“ reC0Verin S from the
Madeb.
99. Madeh.
Tuesday, 7th June 1898.
(a)
Time taken by laden camels, 10J hours.
Distance, 21 miles.
Water, brackish, from a karez.
Camel grazing and firewood plentiful.
No supplies procurable.
Our road turned towards
Road between Hauz-i-Gudar-i-Zard and Madeb.
the south from Hauz-i-Gudar-i-Zard •
about the 13th mile, it took another ti
towards the south-east, and we crossed
bare level plain the whole way.

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Report by Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh on his journey from Meshed to Quetta in 1898. The report starts with a description of the circumstances that gave rise to the journey and the preparations before departure (folios 12-17). The main body of the report consists of his account of the journey, written in diary form (folios 17-66). The last part of the report is formed of tables of data gathered during the journey (folios 67-72). The report contains information on distances, water, supplies, trade, human and physical geography, road conditions, and revenues.

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1 volume (74 folios)
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At the beginning of the volume is a table of contents arranged by subject with reference to the paragraph number.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 76; 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.

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