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Junction of the Spiti and Sutlej Rivers, 1866

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3022C/29

Scope and Contents

301 x 240 mm. View from the path at the edge of the cliff looking down into the deep gorge and onto the junction of the two rivers, ‘From Sungnam my route lay direct to Chini, three marches, but from this place I was anxious to visit a remarkable spot described forty years ago by a Capt. Gerard, the first Englishman I believe who visited these parts, viz. the junction of the Spiti and Sutlej rivers near the borders of Thibet. Accordingly I left the bulk of my baggage at Sungnam and proceeded to the place some sixteen miles distant. It was a hot, fatiguing journey, and scarcely repaid me for my trouble, though the scene at the junction was certainly remarkable. The two rivers had each worn for themselves a deep, narrow channel through the mountains, the Sutlej coming from Thibet, the other from Spiti. Through these narrow gorges, which could not be less than 300 feet deep, the waters rushed in muddy fury till they commingled and flowed on more peacefully in a wider channel. It was difficult to make a satisfactory picture of this scene, striking though it was, as it could only be taken from above. By means of Ross's wider angle doublet I succeeded in getting two views of it, though they fail in giving an adequate idea of the depth of these singular passages. Creeping to the edge of one of the precipices right over the junction, and looking down, the scene was awful, and could not be viewed without lying down, and even then struck terror into one, and made one glad to recoil from such an abyss’, (B.J.P., 18 February 1870, p. 75). Bourne no. 1479.


  • Creation: 1866


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Bourne, Samuel, 1834-1912, photographer

Finding aid date

2010-12-10 14:38:27+00:00

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