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Kashmir by Sir Francis Edward Younghusband

Text enclosed by underscores is in italics (_italics_).

KASHMIR

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_UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME_

BURMA BY R. TALBOT KELLY, R.B.A., F.R.G.S.

Containing 75 Full-page Illustrations in colour facsimile.

INDIA BY MORTIMER MENPES TEXT BY FLORA ANNIE STEEL

Containing 75 Full-page Illustrations in colour facsimile.

A. AND C. BLACK, SOHO SQUARE, LONDON, W.

AGENTS

AMERICA THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 64 & 66 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK

AUSTRALASIA THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 205 FLINDERS LANE, MELBOURNE

CANADA THE MACMILLAN COMPANY OF CANADA, LTD. ST. MARTIN'S HOUSE, 70 BOND STREET, TORONTO

INDIA MACMILLAN & COMPANY, LTD. MACMILLAN BUILDING, BOMBAY 309 BOW BAZAAR STREET, CALCUTTA

GERMANY, AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, } BROCKHAUS AND PEHRSSON RUSSIA, } 16 QUERSTRASSE, LEIPZIG SCANDINAVIA, AND } GERMAN SWITZERLAND }

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[Illustration: WILD RHODODENDRONS]

KASHMIR

Described by

SIR FRANCIS YOUNGHUSBAND, K.C.I.E.

Painted by Major E. Molyneux, D.S.O.

London Adam and Charles Black 1911

First published September 1909 Reprinted August 1911

TO HIS HIGHNESS MAJOR-GENERAL MAHARAJA SIR PRATAP SINGH G.C.S.I. MAHARAJA OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR

THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED

IN RECOGNITION OF MUCH HOSPITALITY AND IN TOKEN OF A FRIENDSHIP OF MANY YEARS

PREFACE

When Major Molyneux asked me to combine with him in the production of a book on Kashmir I could not resist the temptation to describe what he had so faithfully depicted, though my official duties naturally leave me insufficient time to do real justice to the theme. I have not been able to write with the completeness that I should have wished; and I am aware of many sins of omission. I can only hope that when the description fails the reader will be fortunate to have his attention irresistibly diverted to one or other of my collaborator's beautiful pictures.

THE RESIDENCY, SRINAGAR, _September 1908_.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

SCENERY AND SEASONS

Bernier's impression of Kashmir in 1665--Comparison of Kashmir and Switzerland--The road in--First signs of spring--Srinagar in March--A start for Shikar--Shikaris--Forest-clad hill-sides--Signs of stag--View over the valley--Rosy mountains--Unrealised beauties--A duck-shoot--The view from Hokrar--Harwan in spring--Varying beauties of Kashmir--Harwan in May--Clouds on the mountains--A Kashmir village--Irises and roses--Trout-culture--A trout stream--Srinagar in April--The view from Gupkar--A spring scene--Unusual rain--The Nishat Bagh--Pandrathan--Srinagar in summer--The valley in September--The end of the monsoon--The gorgeous autumn--A Hokrar duck-shoot--The valley in winter--Shikaris--Shooting in winter 1


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