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: to Langol Lake
medium: tours
location: Langol Lake
date: 7.3.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 7th Mch
text: Went out & observed at Langol, but owing to a dak going away could not get off until rather late & it was 2.30 pm by the time we got there. Took all the vertical angles, but was not able to finish all the horizons. Lovely view from this point & one of the best general ones of the valley & Imphal. There is one physical feature very well exhibited in this valley & that is the position held by all the pieces of open water & marsh. These are all to be found in re-entering angles of the spurs with South aspect. The main valley & its stream has a N-S direction but the spurs throw off from either side & stretch away into it, do not conform to this lines of direction, thus the filling up has been unequal & depressions, the sites of present lakes & marshes are the result. The annual wash of years has distributed the valley alluvial very equally all over the surfaces of the valley, but it could never be carried into these back waters as I might term them. [Sketch
text: Going on to Langol came on some children catching fish in large baskets of wickerwork. Got some water beetles & 2 species of small fish from them.
text: It is now three weeks since we paid our respects to the Raja, who never intends to return our visit that is very evident. On the various trips I make they never so much as make the offer of a pony, taken away I expect that of an elephant which would be most useful in getting over the tracts of grass. Got back about 8 o/c & found them waiting dinner. A telegram had come from Col saying he had sent on information to Govt & that map ? which had been supplied.