Our Visit to Hindustan, Kashmir, and Ladakh

By: Aynsley, J. C. Murray (Mrs) [Harriet Georgiana Maria Murray-Ainsley (1827-1898)]

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Front board has been detached, with cloth split along entire length of front board. The front board has been inexpertly reattached with PVA glue. Lacking the front free endpaper. Inner margin of the half-title page glued down to the front pastedown endpaper. Large dampstain to the chromolithograph frontispiece. A 1/2" gouge missing from the upper blank margin of pages 262 to 362, not affecting the printed area. Gutter split at rear hinge. A 1" tear to cloth at head of rear joint. Rear board damaged with heavy indentations and gouge marks and tears to the cloth. Complete. Some condition problems, but nonetheless a scarce title in the original publisher's binding.; x, 326 pages + chromolithograph frontispiece. Publisher's red cloth boards with black and gilt decoration on spine and front board. Small gilt vignette illustration on front board. Page dimensions: 211 x 135mm. Contents: Arrival at Bombay; The Parsis; Bombay; Its public buildings; Sangor; Festival of the Mohurrun; Agra; Slight sketch of the history of the Moghul Empire in India from Tamerlane to Aurungzebe; Buildings at Agra; Those in the fort successively the work of Akbar, Jehangir, and Shar Jehan; Jumma Musjid; Taj Mahal; Tombs at Secundra, &c.,; Delhi; Its early history; Some account of the slave, Khilgi, and Toghlak dynasties; Jain temples at Delhi; The Jains and their religious tenets; Jumma Musjid; Other Mosques; The Fort; Asoka's lats, or pillars; The ridge; Its connection with the Mutiny of 1857; Lahore; Early Hindu traditions respecting it; Afghan incursions; Invasion by Mohammedan forces; Mahmood of Ghusnee; His campaigns in Hindostan; Comparisons between Hindus and Mohammedans; Tamerlane and Baber, their expeditions to India; Palace in the fort at Lahore; Kashi work; How supposed to have been made; Jehangir's tomb at Shadera; Nur-Mehal's tomb; Persian invasion of India; Lahore comes under Sikh rule; Tomb of Ranjit Singh; Mosque of Wazir Ali Khan; Preparing for camp life in Kashmir; Srinagar; Boats used in navigating the river Jelum; The races which people Kashmir; Liddar valley; Snowstorm in May; Lovely vegetation; Ancient temples at Martund and Avantipore; Gulmuge; Our log huts; Return to Srinigar; Dal Lake; Its floating islands; Gardens and palaces on its shores; Starting for Ladakh; Sonamurg; Ascent of the Zoji-la Pass; Dras; Native polo-playing; Namyika and Fot-la passes; Lama Yuru; Chinese account of the origin of the Thibetans; Their religion; Exclusion of Europeans from Chinese Thibet; Visit to Lama Serai, or monastery at Lama Yuru; Description of a religious service heard there; Nature of country between Lama Yuru and Leh; Leh; The dress of the inhabitants; Festival of the Dasera; Review of troops; Native dances; Lama religious dances; Visit to the Ranees; How tea is made in Thibet; Funeral rites; Buddha and his early history; Return to Srinagar; Detour to the temples at Wangat in the Sind valley; Temple at Pandrethan, near Srinagar; Leave Kashmir by Banihal Pass; Sialkote; Proclamation ceremonies at Delhi; Belgaum; Sketch of the history of the Dekhan, and rise of the Mahratta empire; Sevaji; His bold incursions; Country round Belgaum; Its climate; Old Jaina temples in fort; 'Idgah at Kurar; Old fort at Sattara; Buddhist cave-temples at Carlee; A Hindu women's festival at Saugor; Famine immigrants; Food of people in that district; Ghazipore; Opium factory; Tobacco cultivation and manufacture; Afghan population at Lumaneah; Buddhist remains at Sydpore; Lat at Bithri; Benares; Hionen Thsang, the Chinese pilgrim, visited Sarnath; Stupa there; Remains of supposed Buddhist buildings near the Bakriya Kund at Benares; Modern Benares; Particulars of a conversation with a learned Hindu Pundit; Pooja, or certain forms of Hindu worship as practised at Benares; Description of various temples in that city; Curious statements taken down from the mouth of a high-caste Brahmin; Commissioner's durbar at Benares; March to Jounpore; Interesting mosques at that place; Allahabad; Its fort; Miraculous tree in ancient temple; Lat of Asoka; Second visit to Agra; My husband's impressions of Taj; Futtehpore Sikri; Muttra; Ancient Buddhist statues found there; Distress amongst the native population; Old and modern temples at Bindrabun; Goverdhun; Temple of Hari Deva; Deeg; Bhurtpore; Jeypore; Amber the old capital of that State; Ajmere; Mayo College for native chiegs; Mosque said to have been built in two days and a half; Mohammedan mosque; Its rich foundation; Ulwar; Hindu reverence for the peepul-tree; Rajah's palace at Ulwar; Third visit to Delhi; Description of various tombs in the neighbourhood; Patan emperors of Delhi; Kuth Minar; Iron lat, or pillar; Toghlak dynasty; The city of Toghlakabad; S.P.G. mission work in Delhi; Meerut; Red-Sandstone tomb there; Sikh festival of the New Year at Amritsar; Baptism of Sikhs; Requirements of their religion; Origin of city at Amritsar; Golden Temple; Hindu festival of the diwali; Kashmir closed to travellers; Consequent change of plans; Dalhousie; Chumba; Visit to native ladies; Dharmsala; Old temples at Bijnath and Harra-bagh; Native states of Mundi, Suket, Bilaspore, and Erki; Singular mode of putting children to sleep; Simla; March from Simla towards Kulu; Jalouri Pass; Old temple at Bajoura; Sultanpore; Visit to Ranee; Tea-cultivation in Kulu; Nugger, the old capital; Manali, and curious wooden temple near Rotang Pass; Lahoul; Sheep and goats used as beasts of burden; German missionary establishment; Prophecy in Thibet respecting Queen Victoria; Snowed up in tents at nearly 15,000 feet above the sea; Passes into Kashmir again closed; Return to Kulu; The Solang Valley; Annual fair at Sultanpore; Meeting of the gods of the various villages in Kulu; Parbuti valley; Novel mode of crossing a river; Hot springs at Manikern; Bubu Pass; Return to Kangra valley; Fort at Kangra; Juwala Muki; Its sacred fires; Singular aspect of country near Hoshiarpore; Native Christian missionary; Jullunder; Return to Lahore; Lucknow; Its sad associations; Residency; Sketch of the History of Oudh and its rulers; Buildings at Lucknow; Claude Martin, the French adventurer, Fyzabad; Two large tombs; Ajoudhya; Cawnpore; Cawnpore to Poona; Rock-hewn temples at Poona; Hyderabad in the Dekhan; Short historical sketch of the present reigning family; The native city; Its varied and turbulent population; A breakfast at Sir Salar Jung's; Conclusion. [Bibliographical references: Marshall, 'Britain and Tibet', 1238 - "Includes an account of their travels in Ladakh, Kulu and Lahul from 1875-1877 and comments on the exclusion of Europeans from Tibet."; Robinson, 'Wayward Women', page 80 - "One Season, Mr and Mrs Aynsley decided to go to Hindustan. They had 'for some years had a great desire to visit our Indian possessions', and thus began in 1875 a love affair that lasted twenty-one years [. . .] Harriet Aynsley's particular interest was in the local legends and symbolism of India (earning her the singular feminine distinction of being elected an Associate of the Order of Freemasons) and all her travel accounts tend towards the scholarship of her articles for the 'Indian Antiquary' and her own posthumously published work 'Symbolisn of the East and West' (1900): she was a very objective lady traveller."; Yajushi (1984) A121 - "Mrs. Aynsley and her husband travelled to Leh from Srinagar via Zoji-la in 1876."; ; 8vo

Title: Our Visit to Hindustan, Kashmir, and Ladakh

Author Name: Aynsley, J. C. Murray (Mrs) [Harriet Georgiana Maria Murray-Ainsley (1827-1898)]

Categories: Other,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Wm. H. Allen & Co.: 1879

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fair with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 15417