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 the Iril river
medium: tours
location: Iril R. Guamchow
date: 4.4.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 4th April
text: On the 4th we got off early enough & dropt over the bridge into the Iril side, working round to a long high spur thrown off from the high part of the ridge above Thiwah, descending into the ravine some [blank] feet & ascending again. The descent thence was direct down the spur to the Iril river. Passed a deserted village, at the top of the ascent & all the way down upright stones had been planted, the remains of its past glory. Lovely day & scenery very striking. On arrival in the valley of the Iril, the Munipuris declared that there was no water on ahead until we crossed the high ridge to the West & we believed them & although only 12 o/c pitched camp. I employed the day inking up PT, writing &c. It was a lovely spot for a camp & the temperature & all surroundings most enjoyable & as I sat looking up the valley I could not help being thankful I could still enjoy such scenes & feel contented with my lot. The low depression near Yemi (Jallamai of the Angamis, Molom of the Munipuri map) was visible looking up the valley, the numerous slopes from the West descending in many tints of purple onto the Iril. Immediately above us the hill rose very steep with a zigzag path to the village of Guamchow which we were to pass through next day. Down the valley the view was limited the river taking a sudden bend to the East round a low prominence connected with the Western range of hills which are forest clad. Heard the cuckoo for the first time this day while the Koel & [Oriole] were calling from every shady ravine.