Posted on: 21 June 2013

Village of Kot Kul[u] - 1860

View of the Kullu valley, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. The Kullu Valley is 80 km long, bordered by the Pir Panjal to the north, the Parvati Range to the east, and the Barabhangal Range to the west. It was known in ancient Hindu scriptures as Kulanthapitha, or ‘End of the Habitable World’. The valley was one of the major trade routes between Central Asia and the Gangetic plains and local rulers gained profitably from the through traffic enabling them to extend their kingdom.

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So what would Kim's Saheba have been like?? :)

The figure standing in the middle is Samuel Bourne himself. It was taken in July 1866, and is the only known picture of him made during this, his 3rd and final Himalayan expedition!

quelle belle architecture spontanée !

Could this be Nagar castle? As far as I know that was/is the only building of this type in Kulu Valley.

For me it looks more like Diyar above Kullu (Naggar castle is much bigger and the terrain is different)