The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - H.H. Godwin-Austen, Journal of a Tour in Assam, 26th November 1872 to 15th April 1873

caption: river trip along the Brahmaputra
caption: hunting for shells; visit to hindu temple
medium: tours
date: 3.12.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 3rd Decr.
text: Fog less, off early at 7.30. Got Capt. Fox to put myself and Burt ashore just under & to the west of Kamakia. Skirted the base of the hill until we arr'd at the path up. Had a hunt for shells in the damp under wood & got a good number, a new Olycolus among them, operculated forms rather scarce. Very pretty scenery. Large trees and bamboos. Ascent pretty steep, the flag-stones very slippery. Passed through a small gateway of brick with a fine fig just above it & soon reached the larger temple. A good many scattered blocks of well carved stone about. Place seemed pretty well filled with women & children. The higher temple & top of hill lay a short distance on. Thence the view was most lovely both up & down the valley, the latter certainly the finest & as we were leaving at sunset was in all its lines most perfect. After boiling the ther. I however took that looking over the station & it made a nice drawing.
text: The Faquir at this temple was a native of Benares & contrary to the usual rule very civil so I gave him a rupee on leaving. This excited the cupidity of a small boy who had shewn us the way up & on giving him 2 annas the little brute asked for a rupee & followed with a crowd of other boys a quarter of the way down. At the base of the hill on the SE side is a large archway entrance of brick with stone carvings of Hindoo Gods behind the wall in places. We walked thence along the level road into the Sta'n in abt one and a quarter hours & got in just in time for dinner having had a most pleasant day with a very pleasant companion who for a young man takes gt. interest in my pursuits. The Simla left this day so we did not see Skinner & others on board. Got my letters after dinner all well thank God & I went to sleep very contented with my lot.