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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)' [‎48r] (100/156)

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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ON HIS JOURNEY FROM MESHED TO QUETTA, 1898.
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(a) According to enquiries made by me from Sistan guides the best route
Rest route for cnmel*caravans proceeding from for camel-caravans proceeding from
Nasirab&i (sistau) to Kuh-i-Maiik siah. Nasir&bad (Sistan)to Kuh-i-Malik Siah
is as follows:—
Nasirabad.
Distance
in miles.
1 Chiling (village) . . . 12
2 Sikkuha ..... 10
3 Khanduk .... 14
(A group of 4 or 5 wells about 10
feet deep, situated at about a
mile to the north of the ruins of
Shahr-i-Sukhta).
4 RAmrud (ruins) , , , 22
5 Gumbad-i-Sar-i-Skela (ruins) . 13
6 Hurmuk • . . • 22
7 Rub6t-i-Kuh-i-Malik Siah . . 18
(Thana)
Water good from canal.
Supplies procurable.
Ditto.
Water brackish, but drinkable from wells.
Fire-wood and camel-grazing obtainable.
No supplies procurable.
Good water from shallow wells in the bed of
a nalla.
Fire-wood and camel-grazing obtainable.
No supplies procurable.
Water brackish from a well about a mile north
east of the ruins.
Fire-wood and camel-grazing obtainable.
No supplies procurable.
Water good from springs.
Firewood and camel-grazing plentiful.
No supplies procurable.
Ditto ditto.
Total distance from Nasirabad
(Sistan) to Rubat-i-Kuh-i-
Malik Siah.
Ill
miles.
j
Sunday, 12th June 1898.
107. Gumbad-i-Shela or Gumbad-i-Sctr-i-Shela.
Time taken by laden animals, 6| hours.
Distance, 14 miles.
Water, brackish, from a well.
Camel-grazing and fire-wood obtainable.
No supplies procurable.
Our road led south through tamarisk jungle, and we camped at a short
distance from the ruins of a graveyard and four domes built on a mound and
locally called Gumbada or Gumbadha (domes).
We passed a tank called Nawar on the road, but no rain having fallen in
these parts either this or last year it was quite dry.
(a) There is a well about a mile or so to the north-east of the Gumbads
which always contains water. The water
Well at Gumbad-i-Shela. brackish, and it is best to
carry drinking water from the previous stage. We carried drinking water with
us from Siah ab.
Camel-grazing and firewood are plentiful here.
(b) One of our camels strayed away while out grazing to-day through the
Loss of a camel through the negligence of the negligence of the < camelman who spent
camelnaan at Gumbad-i-Shela. his time in sleeping and did not iook
after the animals entrusted to his charge. A search was made lor it, but
Gumbad.i-
Sbela. ,

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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.

Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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