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A Journey to Katmandu (the Capital of Napaul), with The Camp of Jung Bahadoor; including A Sketch of the Nepaulese Ambassador at Home   By: (1829-1888)

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A JOURNEY TO KATMANDU (THE CAPITAL OF NEPAUL), WITH THE CAMP OF JUNG BAHADOOR; INCLUDING A SKETCH OF THE NEPAULESE AMBASSADOR AT HOME.

BY LAURENCE OLIPHANT.

LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET. 1852.

TO SIR ANTHONY OLIPHANT, C.B., CHIEF JUSTICE OF CEYLON, THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE INSCRIBED BY HIS AFFECTIONATE SON, THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

The interest which was manifested in the Nepaulese Embassy during the short residence of Jung Bahadoor in England leads me to hope that a description of the romantic country and independent Court which he came to represent, as well as some account of his own previous eventful career, may not be unacceptable to the English public more especially as no work upon Nepaul has been published in this country, that I am aware of, since Dr. Hamilton's, which appeared about the year 1819.

Through the kindness and friendship of the Nepaulese Ambassador, I was enabled to visit Katmandu under most favourable circumstances; and during the journey thither in his company I had abundant opportunity of obtaining much interesting information, and of gaining an insight into the character of the people, and their mode of every day life, for which a residence in camp was peculiarly favourable.

In the Terai I was fortunate enough to witness the Nepaulese mode of elephant catching, so totally unlike that of any other country, while the grand scale on which our hunting party was organised was equally novel.

I therefore venture to submit this volume to the public, in the hope that the novelty of a portion of the matter contained in it will in some degree compensate for its manifold defects.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. Arrival of Jung Bahadoor in Ceylon Voyage to Calcutta Rifle practice on board the Atalanta Rifle shooting Colonel Dhere Shum Shere A journey along the Grand Trunk Road of Bengal The experimental railway The explosion at Benares.

CHAPTER II. Benares Cashmere Mull's house The Chouk The Bisheshwan temple, and Maido Rai Minar The Ambassador in Benares A Rajah's visit The marriage of Jung Bahadoor Review of the Nepaul rifle regiment Benares college.

CHAPTER III. Jaunpore A shooting party Scenes in camp and on the march A Nepaulese dinner Ghazipore The Company's stud Indian roads Passage of the Gograh Jung Bahadoor's mode of despatching an alligator.

CHAPTER IV. A picnic on the Nepaul frontier A boar hunt The Terai and its resources Our shooting quarters Incidents of sport A tiger hunt The great elephant exhibition of 1851 Camp Bechiacor.

CHAPTER V. March to Hetowra Cross the Cheriagotty Hills Scenes of the war of 1815 16 Preparations for a wild elephant hunt The herd in full cry A breakneck country Furious charges of wild elephants The lost child Return to camp.

CHAPTER VI. March to Bhimphede National defences The Cheesapany pass Lovely scenery Night adventure The watch fire Reception at camp Arrival at Katmandu.

CHAPTER VII. The British residency Houses at the temple of Pusputnath Unprepossessing appearance of the Newar population Their dress and characteristic features Ghorkas Temple of Pusputnath View from the hill above it The temple of Bhood Worshippers from Thibet and Chinese Tartary Their singular and disgusting appearance Striking scene in the grand square of the city of Katmandu.

CHAPTER VIII. The temple of Sumboonath View from the platform of the temple The valley of Nepaul and its resources Tradition respecting it Entrance of the Prime Minister into Katmandu The two kings A brilliant reception.

CHAPTER IX. Sketch of the career of his Excellency General Jung Bahadoor, Prime Minister of Nepaul.

CHAPTER X. The titles of his Excellency General Jung Bahadoor Coomaranagee in England Extraordinary notions of the British public on Indian affairs Jung Bahadoor's conciliatory policy Our unsuccessful attempt to penetrate beyond the permitted boundaries Dangerous position of the Prime Minister His philanthropic designs Great opposition on the part of Durbar Native punishments A Nepaulese chief justice Jung's popularity with the peasantry and army... Continue reading book >>




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