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: Slow train journey; visit to fort and temples at Chitogarh
medium: diaries
date: 1.1.1923
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: 1923
text: Mon. Jan. 1.
text: Up at 6 a.m. & after breakfast I sent my luggage & bearer on to the station in a tonga; gave 10R. to the Manager & 6R. to the staff of the Guest House & 5R. to the driver of the State carriage & drove in the latter to the station. I took the 8.30 a.m. train to Chitogarh, travelling with one Englishman bound for Ajmer. Very slow journey. At Debari (the first station from Udaipur) a large troupe of Langur monkeys raced down to the train & sat on the bank about 4 feet from the carriages; some even boarded the train & accepted biscuits etc. Arrived at Chitorgarh at 12.40 p.m. There I took a tonga and a chuprassi, who had been wired for by the Maharana's orders, and drove up to the old Fort on the ridge. Slow drive along a very bad road, the last part up a very steep hill & through Chitor village. I passed through seven gateways on the way up & passed several chatris marking spots where defenders of the Fort had been killed. I visited some Jain & Hindu temples with very fine carvings, also the two carved towers, a picturesque tank & other buildings. I had no time for seeing more than a portion of the great array of interesting structures. I drove back in the tonga to the Dak Bungalow & had tea, then to the station to catch the 4.40 p.m. train to Rutlam. I travelled alone & reached Rutlam at 11 p.m., where I changed into the Bombay train.