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: surveying
medium: tours
location: Nongmal Ching Mt. (Nongmaiching Mt.)
date: 10.3.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 10th March
text: [Sketch:
text: After chota hazari started off along base of Nongmaiching to the long low spur off to the North in order to get it in as well as the course of the Eeril - from a low knol on this spurs a very good view is obtained of the town of Munipur & one of the main central lines of road extends from the base of it through the Raja's residence right away to the point of the South spur from Langol. Returning to camp for breakfast & bagging a black partridge on way. We went on along the base of Nongmaiching southward making towards the next pole on a Tila, skirted the edge of the marsh that extends the whole distance until the Eeril taking a bend in close under the hill & washes it for a few hundred yards. It thence continuing same SE'ly course flows under the long spur from Nongmaiching & rock sections are seen in several places in the river bed. From Imphal to this, houses extend the whole distance to this. The river fringed on both sides for many yards with gardens & bamboo hedges. A good deal of sugar cane is here grown & the discordant noise of the presses was heard on all sides. Stopt & had a drink of the juice which is particularly good & then made a sketch of the press which differs slightly from that of Hindustan. Camp close under the pole on Phunanching to which I ascended early next morning & got in a lot of work. After dinner had a deputation from the village but as not a soul in camp knew a word of Munipuri not even my water carrier (who on the strength of having served the former Political Agent pretends to know something of the language), spite of having married a Munipurian, it was not very edifying for either side. They pointed to the staff on the hill & said something & I caught the word burra sahib to which I replied by saying burra sahib & pointing to the hill, when they retired.