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: waterfalls on the Namba river; to Borpathar; description of the terrain; 1869 earthquake
medium: tours
location: Nambar R. (Namba R.)
date: 19.12.1872
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 19th Decr.
text: Next morning we started on the elephants to see the falls of the Namba & worked up the bed of the river for abt an hour. The falls are over a ridge in the gneiss rocks of abt 10ft. The stratified rocks ending at the rise in the metamorphics - a hard limestone being the uppermost bed exposed. Medlicott says cretaceous. Walked on up the river for some way through the forest & along wild elephant track. all trace of rock soon disappeared in the bed of the river, all being alluvial clay so we retraced our steps. Got a Clausilia Spiraculum at the falls but shells very scarce. Back to breakfast at the hot springs & left after for camp at Borpathar where we got abt sunset. Road good through a dense forest. Borpathar is a wide open low bit of land. One comes in sight of it as one leaves the higher clay plateau & descends abt 12-15 from it. It is essentially a piece of kadur land with a sluggish stream through it. We put up in the brick built guard house which showed the marks of the earthquake of 1869 in the top of the walls evidently force from the West.