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: sight of the hills from Simagooding; to Pherimah
medium: tours
location: Pherima (Pherimah) Samaguting (Simagooding)
date: 27.12.1872
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 27th
text: From what I have seen when the mist cleared at all when looking N the whole country perfectly flat is covered with a dense forest as far the eye can carry one into the misty atmosphere - out of which sticks up the low outlying hills of Khon Banson in the Rengmah Naga Hills. Not an open spot of grass can be seen in the sombre grey of forest that covers the low country. Looking north you have the Burrail towering up, Paona & Angaolus being the most conspicuous. The steep northern slope of this range comes down to 1500 feet at once & then comes in between this northern base of the main range & the outer low range on which Simagooding stands a broad level tract through which flow the principal feeders of the Diphupani. In fact it forms a perfect dhun between the two. More packing & more changes but at abt 10 o/c saw everything in a fair way of departure & the coolies all got away abt 10 o/c & all were off by 11. After having breakfast at James' we started outselves (Butler going off first to meet the Political agent Munipur at Poplongmai), first boiling the therm. at the Trig Station. The road leads down a spur by a very good made road to the junction of the two rivers the Zoomha & the Chathe where the level country commences. We followed the bed of the former through grass crossing & recrossing but forest trees grew in plenty up the river on the higher level. After proceeding for abt 3 miles we turned up a spur which took us into the village of Pherimah - a small place. They had built up small huts for us which were rather draughty but as all got the use of them the servants & establishment fared very well.