The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Continuing train journey to Calcutta
medium: diaries
date: 5.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Tues. Sept. 5th
text: Passing over the cotton & paddy fields of the Berar, the cotton increasingly giving place to paddy as one goes Eastward. Beautiful scenery, mostly very flat plains, with vivid greens after the rains. Deep red earth, maroon in places. Some of the small Kopje-like hill groups remind one of the Matopos, the Kopjes being formed of piled up huge round boulders of granite (?) [sic]. Large areas of pure jungle - bamboos & varied timber trees - Tiled villages very picturesque. Arrived at Nagpur 9.15 a.m. Breakfast with Mrs. G. at the station, close to the fort. Scenery mostly paddy-fields. Mynahs (Acridotheres tristis) abundant, also crows, kites, egrets & paddy-birds. Several Brahminy Kites; a few storks & Grey Herons (A.cinerea). Rollers (C.indica) abundant; white & dark vultures, drongos (Dicrurus ater) & Pied Kingfishers (Ceryle varia). Large herds of cattle & buffaloes, the latter wallowing often in deep mud & presenting a very curious sight. Temperature hot but bearable; no mosquitoes on the train. Dined on board with Mrs. G. & Mrs. Fairweather (from Nairobi). Myriads of fire-flies (mostly intermittent flashes) among the trees & shrubs at night.