Travels in the Panjab, Afghanistan, Turkistan, to Balk, Bokhara, and Herat: And a Visit to Great Britain and Germany

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W.H. Allen & Company, 1846 - Asia, Central - 528 pages
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Page 48 - ... with walls. The northern part of the garden, which is cut off from the rest, is laid out irregularly, and is full of trees. The remainder forms a square, divided by avenues, which cross each other in the middle of the garden. That which runs from east to west, is formed by stately rows of alternate cypresses and planes ; and contains three parallel walks, and two long beds of poppies. At the east end of this walk is the entrance ; and, at the west, a handsome house, containing a hall and two...
Page 17 - Sarae or inn, ten miles distant. On the road nothing was notable, except the regular line of smart cavalry which encircled the Maharaja and our party. Jan. 30. — Having spent two hours in visiting the beautiful tomb of the Emperor Jahangir, in Shahdra, situated on the right bank of the Ravi, we reached Lahor, eleven miles distant. The tomb is constructed entirely of marble, of fine workmanship, beneath which rests the body of the monarch. The tomb of his wife, Nurmahal, (formerly the wife of Sher...
Page 514 - The royal balls are beyond any thing of the kind in the world. One who is as fortunate as myself to be invited will see an assembly of noble ladies with charming countenances, and elegant robes covered with diamonds, joining in the dance, which, although dazzling, yet becomes brighter and more beautiful when her Majesty and her royal consort, Prince Albert, take part in the dance. In so large a company the •Queen appeared to me the most graceful in the IRELAND, AND GERMANY 515 dance, smiling and...
Page 128 - They go at the same time to say their prayers, and are said to consider themselves very cleanly and religious men. The women have but little virtue. They are fair, with red cheeks, and have elegant and charming manners. They are covered with a gown from head to foot, and have a black thin veil, which sometimes they lift up in the streets, and pretend that none have seen them. They bind a white turban upon a handkerchief, which conceals their head, and hangs as far as their waist.
Page 14 - Mah" or the Flame of the Moon. The streams of water running at the four corners, give an idea of the Mahtab Bagh, in a palace of the Delhi king. One of the gardeners presented us with a basket of oranges, which were sweet, and had a soft skin. Jan. 25. — A march of nine miles brought us to the bank of the Ravi, where the camp of the Maharaja was pitched in great pomp.
Page xv - ... yet the free expression of opinion was a thing so unheard of at the Persian court, that the entire audience stood waiting in silent expectation for his highness's reply. This was not long delayed, and, as nearly as the recollection of our informant serves, it was as follows : —
Page 460 - Between the plains there is a small hill, in which there is a line of sandy ground, reaching from the top to the bottom. They call it Khwaju Reg-Ruwan : they say that in the summer season the sound of drums and nugarets issues from the sand.
Page 498 - GERMANY 499 always wore a thin shirt and white trousers. The rooms where dancing is kept up in private balls are awfully heated. I once fainted in one of these rooms, in the month of February, while I was sitting and enjoying a dance.
Page 498 - ... shops. It is a busy scene, day and night, and it is a matter of great difficulty to find what time the tradesmen have for rest. The scenes, and the gaudy attire of the actors and actresses, in the theatre, will at once bring into the mind of an Asiatic the fabulous tales of the gardens of the fairies.
Page 60 - Afghan husbandman, leaving his station, where he was watching some fields, came in front of us, 'and prevented our proceeding on our journey. On our expostulating with him, he said, with a loud and fearful voice, that, three days before, a man of his village hurried down to Peshawer, where some Durani took from him one rupee by force, and wished to take his life ; and, continued he, "now you are all of that city, and are in my power— may my sufferings soon be revenged on you !" After many arguments,...

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