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: Journey on horseback from Dimapur to Nichuguard
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Kohima Nichuguard R.S. (Nichuguard) Chchale R.
date: 10.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Sun. Sept. 10
text: Hutton tried a few cases on the verandah of the bungalow. His horses came round at about 10 a.m. & he & I started riding along the road to Kohima. After crossing the river we soon got into the jungle, which is very dense. The road seemed covered with gorgeous tropical butterflies, which rose in clouds, like blown autumn leaves, as we rode along. Hot and raining at intervals, but fortunately the sky was overcast. My pony went well. After a 9 mile stage we pulled up at NICHUGUARD ("Lower Guard"), at a nice Inspector bungalow, on a high bank over the Chchale river. Our Angami batmen walked & arrived later. We had baths & lunched. In the later afternoon H. & I had a jolly bathe in a pool in the river which the very strong current did not reach. A wide sand-spit served as an admirable drying-ground. The river was coming down in spate.