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Himalayan Journals   By: (1817-1911)

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HIMALAYAN JOURNALS or NOTES OF A NATURALIST

IN BENGAL, THE SIKKIM AND NEPAL HIMALAYAS, THE KHASIA MOUNTAINS, etc.

JOSEPH DALTON HOOKER, M.D., R.N., F.R.S.

Volume I

First published 1854

To CHARLES DARWIN, F.R.S., etc. These volumes are dedicated, by his affectionate friend, J.D. HOOKER Kew, Jan. 12th, 1854

Chapter I

Sunderbunds vegetation Calcutta Botanic Garden Leave for Burdwan Rajah's gardens and menagerie Coal beds, geology, and plants of Lac insect and plant Camels Kunker Cowage Effloresced soda on soil Glass, manufacture of Atmospheric vapours Temperature, etc. Mahowa oil and spirits Maddaobund Jains Ascent of Paras nath Vegetation of that mountain.

CHAPTER II.

Doomree Vegetation of table land Lieutenant Beadle Birds Hot springs of Soorujkoond Plants near them Shells in them Cholera tree Olibanum Palms, form of Dunwah pass Trees, native and planted Wild peacock Poppy fields Geography and geology of Behar and Central India Toddy palm Ground, temperature of Baroon Temperature of plants Lizard Cross the Soane Sand, ripple marks on Kymore hills Ground, temperature of Limestone Rotas fort and palace Nitrate of lime Change of climate Lime stalagmites, enclosing leaves Fall of Soane Spiders, etc. Scenery and natural history of upper Soane valley Hardwickia binata Bhel fruit Dust storm Alligator Catechu Cochlospermum Leaf bellows Scorpions Tortoises Florican Limestone spheres Coles Tiger hunt Robbery.

CHAPTER III.

Ek powa Ghat Sandstones Shahgunj Table land, elevation, etc. Gum arabic Mango Fair Aquatic plants Rujubbund Storm False sunset and sunrise Bind hills Mirzapore Manufactures, imports, etc. Climate Thuggee Chunar Benares Mosque Observatory Sar nath Ghazeepore Rose gardens Manufactory of attar Lord Cornwallis' tomb Ganges, scenery and natural history of Pelicans Vegetation Insects Dinapore Patna Opium godowns and manufacture Mudar, white and purple Monghyr islets Hot springs of Seetakoond Alluvium of Ganges Rocks of Sultun gunj Bhaugulpore Temples of Mt. Manden Coles and native tribes Bhaugulpore rangers Horticultural gardens.

CHAPTER IV.

Leave Bhaugulpore Kunker Colgong Himalaya, distant view of Cosi, mouth of Difficult navigation Sand storms Caragola Ghat Purnea Ortolans Mahanuddy, transport of pebbles, etc. Betel pepper, cultivation of Titalya Siligoree View of outer Himalaya Terai Mechis Punkabaree Foot of mountains Ascent to Dorjiling Cicadas Leeches Animals Kursiong, spring vegetation of Pacheem Arrive at Dorjiling Dorjiling, origin and settlement of Grant of land from Rajah Dr. Campbell appointed superintendent Dewan, late and present Aggressive conduct of the latter Increase of the station Trade Titalya fair Healthy climate for Europeans and children Invalids, diseases prejudicial to.

CHAPTER V.

View from Mr. Hodgson's of range of snowy mountains Their extent and elevation Delusive appearance of elevation Sinchul, view from and vegetation of Chumulari Magnolias, white and purple Rhododendron Dalhousiae, arboreum and argentium Natives of Dorjiling Lepchas, origin, tradition of flood, morals, dress, arms, ornaments, diet Cups, origin and value Marriages Diseases Burial Worship and religion Bijooas Kumpa Rong, or Arrat Limboos, origin, habits, language, etc. Moormis Magras Mechis Comparison of customs with those of the natives of Assam, Khasia, etc.

CHAPTER VI.

Excursion from Dorjiling to Great Rungeet Zones of vegetation Tree ferns Palms, upper limit of Leebong, tea plantations Ging Boodhist remains Tropical vegetation Pines Lepcha clearances Forest fires Boodhist monuments Fig Cane bridge and raft over Rungeet Sago palm India rubber Yel Pote Butterflies and other insects Snakes Camp Temperature and humidity of atmosphere Junction of Teesta and Rungeet Return to Dorjiling Tonglo, excursion to Bamboo, flowering Oaks Gordonia Maize, hermaphrodite flowered Figs Nettles Peepsa Simonbong, cultivation at European fruits at Dorjiling Plains of India... Continue reading book >>




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