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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)' [‎73r] (150/156)

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 FEOM MESHED TO QUETTA, 1893.
123
Yl. Every caravan should obtain (besides other necessaries, such as pro-
See paragmph h. visions, spices, cooking utensils, etc.) a
, x p^ 0001 ^PP 1 ^ of r0 P e s for loads, juwdU
(gunny or camel-hair cloth hags) for supplies, and mashaks (water bass) for
water for use on the road, from the starting point (Quetta, MeshedfKain,
Sistan, or Herat), as none of these articles are procurable on the road except
at a few important places (Turbat-i-Haidari, Birjand, Khaf, Gazik, and Duruh).
A ll. Every caravan should have a camelman or guide with it knowing
the road thoroughlv well.
One or more guides are particularly necessary for the part of the road
See paragraph 96 . between Neh and iiubat-i-Kuh-i-Malik
kiah and caravans should take great care
in securing them before starting from Neh or if they should be travelling in
the opposite direction from Rubat-i-Kuh-i-Malik Sidh,or else they might easily
lose the road anywhere which would endanger the lives of the people 0 for want
of water.
VIII. Caravans travelling by the Birjand-Neh route should avoid march-
See paragraphs 22 (<0,27 («), and 27 (i). in g ^ wet weather betweeen Asaddbad
and Eubat-i-Kami (across the tract of
saline earth and the Kotal-i-Kumari in the Turbat-i-Haidari district), nor
should they attempt to march between Miandeh and Amrani (Kain and Tabas
districts) or to cross the Rud-i-Shur between those two places in wet weather,
or else they would expose themselves to great danger.
IX. Caravans travelling by the above route should perform the marches
See paragraphs 32 (a) and 33 (a,. Jf biZri ? n d Nughdb (or Nakab)
through the rocky defile, and between
Nughab and Kundar through the Dahana-i-Sang-i-Siah (Kain district) in day
light, as the road is rough and dangerous in the dark.
X. Caravans travelling by the Khaf-Gazik route should not cross the
See remarks opposite Gulmir&n in the “ Route Kalla Minar Pass (Bakharz district) in
from Meshed to iVladeh by Khaf, Oazik, Ourdh, and wet Weather, and they should do the
march between Ahangaran and Gulmiran
through Dahana-i-Ahangaran gorge (Kain district) in day-light.
XI. The march between Kacha and Kirtaka and that between Nushkl
s™ paragraphs 127(a) and 169(a). flld Kishillgi should Dot be performed in
the dark, as the road is rough and
dangerous at certain places.
XII. Travellers and pilgrims should, if possible, carry with them a filter
See paragniphs 103(A) and 128 (c). an apparatus for distilling water on
the road and they should always carry a
bucket and long rope for drawing water from wells, an umbrella with double
cloth covering to protect them from the sun, a tent, and a travelling bed with
mosquito curtains to protect them from scorpions, flies, and other insects which
abound in certain places.
XIII. A good supply of lime-juice is necessary, as no vegetables are
procurable anywhere on the road.
XIV. Though the road is quite safe at present, caravans are recommended
to carry revolvers or other fire-arms with
them for protection.
XV. Caravans going from Neh to
Kuh-i-Malik 8iah must travel along the
western bank of the Shela w hen it is in
flood.
XVI. The route west of the Shela is impracticable for caravans going to
~ „ 0 „ p . in o/w Kuh-i-Malik Siah or vice versd when
See paragraph 103(e). . ......
there is no fresh water in that river,
XVII. Caravans travelling from Meshed towards Quetta by the Khaf-
Gazik route should carry from Khwaja-i-Do Chahan wells, situated at 7
miles from Chah-i-Ziran (and always containing good water), drinking water
required by them at Gisha and Hauz-i-Jan Baluch, if it is dry (wTiich should
See paragraphs 133 and l36(g’).
See paragraph 103(d).

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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)' [‎73r] (150/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x000097> [accessed 23 April 2024]

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