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This travelogue of the German captain Leopold von Orlich was undertaken around the time of the end of the first Afghan War (1840?s). He started from Southhampton and reached Bombay. The book is in the form of a series of letters written to his friends. From Bombay he went to Poona and then returned. In a travel book it must be understood that all the description made are eye witness accounts or first hand experiences. The author describes all that he saw; the topography, the people and their customs, the rites and ceremonies, the flora and fauna, the commerce and trade, the law and governance etc. From Bombay he sets out for Karachi and thence to Ferozpur via Retee, Khanpur and Bhawalpur. In the Panjab he notices Ranjit sings and his court and give a description of the sati of his 11 wives on his pyre. From Ferozpur he goes to Lahore and then returns. Starting again from Ferozpur he makes his way to Delhi via Dathal, Saqun, Keythul and Karnal. In Delhi he visited the Redfort, the Qutab Minar, and the prepares to visit Agra. Seeing the sights in Agra he visits Secondurabad and Fatehpur Sikr; and goes onward to Kanpur and form there to Lucknow. He dwells in the description of his city and offers observations of the palaces, gardens, bazzars; he visits the king and then goes back to Kanpur, to proceed to Allahabad and form there to Benaras. In his 9th letter he describes the criminal tribes of India called the Thugs and Phansigars. From Banaras he goes to Calcutta and gives a vivid description of that city. He then returns to Bombay via steamer and returns to England. This book is a reprint of the 1845 edition. Translated from German. The book has some rare illustrations that show the native industry in India. Printed Pages: 602. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 70274
Inhaltsangabe: ON a lovely morning, the 5th of February, we rode to Delhi, the ancient Indraprast’ha, the capital of the Great Moguls: we were all mounted on elephants, because, according to etiquette, the Governor General could only approach on this noble animal. Luxuriant fields of wheat, already in ear, lay extended before us, interspersed with the most fantastic ruins, the arches, domes, and columns of which rose above the thick foliage of the trees, or were covered with their branches as with a magic veil. Behind these ruins we saw the sun rise in all its glory and beauty: a sunrise more magnificent and striking I have never seen.
About the Author: Capt. Von Orlich, a German, arrived in India on 6 August, 1842 to join British army for participating in the Kabool campaign and joined the Army at Ferozpoor. By then the British forces have returned from the campaign with success. Hence Capt. Orlich embarked on travels for "acquainting himself with that remarkable country, which has been visited by very few of his countrymen." "He relates plainly and faithfully, what he saw and felt, and, to supply the deficiency of actual observation, he has added other matter which he heard and learnt from men of impeachable credit." Although like many other European authors, he has written his account not with wholly impartial manner-Colonel Sykes, a director of the East India Company was his personal friend who gave valuable assistance to the author in his writings-still Orlich's writing provides important and eye-witness information of those times.
Titel: Travels in India, including Sinde and the ...
Verlag: Asian Educational Services
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