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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)' [‎46v] (97/156)

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 OP KHAN BAHADUR MAULA BAKHSH
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Another track, it is said, goes from Madeh by Kushkan, Au Mar (or Ah
Mar), Mukk*i-Surkh, Shela, and Hurmuk to Kiih-i-Malik Siah. Though good
water is obtainable at Kdshkan, Au Mar, and Mukk-i-Surkh, the road between
Madeh and Mukk-i-Surkh is also rough and cot good for laden camels.
The best road for laden camels from Neb to Sistan during the inundations,
and to Kiih-i-Malik Siah to the west of the inundations goes by Madeh, Safidava
Pogi, and the Shela. This I am following.
(e) Safidava being the limit in this direction between the Neb and Sistan
Limit between Neh and Sistfin territorie,. districts, 1 have dismissed the two Camel
sowars deputed by the Deputy Governor of
Neh to escort my caravan to the end of his territory.
Poghi.
101. Poghi,
Thursday, 9th June 1898.
Time taken by laden oamels, 9J hours.
Distance, 19 miles.
Camel-grazing scarce.
Neither water nor fire-wood, nor supplies procurable.
From Safidava we proceeded to the south-east by a well-marked level
track and camped at the 19th mile in a wide, flat, hare, gravelly plain without
any habitation situated east of the Palang Kuh, which is called Poghi. It has
no water, no fire-wood, and little camel-grazing. All caravans going towards the
Shela must carry drinking water from Safidava, and those coming from the
direction of Shela from the inundations or from Mukk-i-Surkh by making a
detour. The camels must remain without water which is sure to tell on them
in the hot weather.
Heat excessive at Poghi.
{a) A hot wind again blew all day
to-day, and the heat was excessive.
Friday, 10th June 1898.
Sangar-i-Mir 102 . San gar-i-Mir ’Aldm Khan,
’AIhih Khan.
Time taken by laden camels, 9| hours.
Distance, 19 miles.
Hoad, level.
Good water obtainable from the inundations.
Fire-wood and camel-grazing obtainable.
No supplies procurable.
From Poghi we marched again to the south-east across a level plain to the
bank of the inundations and camped at a place called Sangar-i-Mir ’Alam
Khan. This place is so called because Mir ’Alam Khan, the late Chief of Kain
threw up some earthworks and entrenched himself here in 1866, wiien he led a
Persian army against Taj Muhammad, the independent ruler of Sistan, who was
taken prisoner to Teheran. There is nothing left of the sangars or earthworks
now with the exception of a few mounds and the ruins of a mud wall which
Mir ’Alam Khan had built round his camp.
Sangar-i-Mir ’Alam Khan is situated to the west of the inundations opposite
Kundar. During the inundations it is the usual halting place for caravans as
uatercanbe obtained tromthe inundations and camel-grazing and fire-wood are
also procurable. The water at the edge of the inundations is brackish but about
a hundred yards from the bank, where it is about 7 or 8 feet deep,’it is nuite
fresh and sweet. r
(a) When water of the inundations has not reached Sangar-i-Mir ’Alam
Khan halt should be made at some other
place on the western bank of the Shela
where water may be procurable from
... . , , , . . ^ , well s- Careful enquiries should be made
on this point before leaving the last stage on either side (north-west or
Water required at Poghi should either be carried
from the inundations or wells west of the Shela or
Safid4va.

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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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'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)' [‎46v] (97/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x000062> [accessed 27 May 2024]

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