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: Taking the train for the Naga Hills
medium: diaries
person: Annandale
date: 7.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Thurs. Sept. 7
text: Repacked for the Hills. Went to Cook & drew _30 & got tickets for self & bearer to Manipur Road. Bearer lent by Annandale to replace the Ganeshkhind bearer whom I had sent back (an excellent bearer whom I was sorry to lose). Taxied to Sealdah Station for the 4.36 p.m. train (Darjeeling mail). On arrival at station I found that the boy had forgotten my cabin trunk. I dashed back to the Museum in a taxi (some miles distance), captured the trunk & flew back to the station & just caught the train, my things being flung in anyhow & anywhere. Never expected to get the train; awful rush. Crossed the Ganges at 8.10 p.m. River very wide, very effective by moonlight. Dead flat country; palms, bamboo, bits of jungle & paddy-fields.