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: glacial scenery; to Visemeh
medium: tours
location: Zhakhama (Zakamah) Gaziarurr R. Visemeh
date: 12.1.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 12th Jany.
text: I had a gd deal to do before leaving, what with the [ES]-work, birds to be measured & shells packed away, so we did not start until late on about 1 o/c. On arriving in Zakamah the scenery near the gorge was most lovely & the old morraine features so very (21) well displayed. At the point where the stream leaves the Gaziarurr the broad flat expanse now all terraced commences & extends down the valley for quite 1 and a half miles. The view of this from the next spur to the South was very striking. I could in fancy see the glacier there in place of the rice fields that now cover the level moraine. It is about a quarter mile broad & comes bending round to join the smaller one from the Kurrurur. The two glaciers must once have met at the terminal cliff - wd have been just below the junction, this elevation was 25.18 3 on [blank] feet. I made a sketch of the valley from this point & regretted that I cd not go in for a good water color of the many lovely views on either side especially that up the gorge of the Gaziarurr with the soft haze of the sun's rays on the west producing most lovely grey tones in the receding side spurs that bounded the glen. Got into Visemeh about 4.30 & as it was still some way on to Kidimah & wd be dark before we got in I had camp pitched just under the place near a spring. People very civil & they turned out & brought down mats & spars to rig up huts for the police & coolies.