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: Viewing the Dimapur fort and monoliths
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.CummingsHiggins
location: Dimapur Kohima
date: 9.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Sat. Sept. 9
text: Chota hazri in bed. Up at 7.30. Hutton trying cases all day. In morning I went with Cummings to see the Dimapur ruined fort & carved monoliths. These are a little way away from the road in the jungle, partly cleared. The gateway of the fort is fairly well preserved. The monoliths are in 3 groups, & there is a single very large cylindrical carved monolith standing alone. The stones are in two distinct types, [1] cylindrical, round-topped, carved all over with conventional designs, but with figures of swords as a dominant feature. (
text: In the surrounding jungle Huluk gibbons were calling not far away. Sun blazing hot all day making me sweat profusely. At 3.30 p.m. I returned by myself to the monoliths & spent a couple of hours there, photographing etc. & watching hornbills, small parrots, doves, egrets, rollers, small dark squirrels & a larger blackish squirrel. Heard more Huluks. Went on across the river for a short distance & then returned to the bungalow. Saw Higgins & Cummings off by 7.30 p.m. train. Quite dark by then & when I got back to the bungalow the rain came down heavily. The luggage was put onto bullock-carts which started for Kohima about midnight.