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Why should you travel to India?

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Why should you travel to India?

I quote James Ricalton, schoolmaster, traveller, photographer:

"When asked, as I have often been, in what country may be seen the greatest number of thing's to increase one's knowledge and to add to one's pleasure, I have named India.

If the traveler wishes to see beautiful architecture in many styles, he will find it in India. If he desires to look upon the grandest mountain scenery the world has to offer, he will find it in the Himalayas, amongst which twenty Switzerlands, side by side, could be hidden away, and Mont Blanc, the hig-hest peak in Europe, would be overtopped some fourteen thousand feet by Mt. Everest and nearly as much by Kinchin janga.

If he wishes to visit a country where princes are very rich and the people are very poor, let him go to India ; or if he wishes to be in a country where he can see many types of the human family and hear many languages spoken and witness caste wide-spread and arbitrary, let him go to the great world of the Hindus.

If he feels himself to be something of a Nimrod, the fauna will test his prowess with the fiercest specimen in the animal kingdom, the Bengal tiger.

If alone to behold what has been termed "a dream in marble," the Taj Mahal, one should go to India; but, besides that matchless structure, India justly claims many of the most beautiful and unique specimens of architecture in any country. Her mosques, her temples, her religious shrines, her tombs and memorial monuments, surpass in number and often in size and magnificence those in other parts of the world.

Everywhere in western countries are examples of Gothic, Roman, Greek, Byzantine and Egyptian architecture, but besides these, in Oriental India may be seen Buddhistic, Jaina, Dravidian, Chalukyan, Saracenic, and Indo- Aryan architecture never seen in the westward countries.

India is not only the country of many races, many castes, many languages, much wealth and much poverty; it is the land of many religions and innumerable priests. It is a world of fanaticism and a home of mysticism. Buddhism, Hinduism, Brahmanism, Jainism and countless other isms originated in this strange land. It is the birthplace of pestilence. It is the country of the fiercest animals and the most venomous serpents. Is it not then a true wonderland and a land of all the world in which to see and learn?"

India through the Stereoscope : A journey through Hindustan

By James Ricalton

Published by Underwood & Underwood, London - 1907

Mr. Ricalton's Travels at a Glance:

Number of Miles Traveled: 300,000

Times Around the World: 5

Times Across the Sea: 39

Number Photographs Taken: 80,000

You can read the book online here: archive.org/stream/…2up

Edited: 14 July 2013, 06:23
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1. Re: Why should you travel to India?

What a lovely post, thanks Deepa, I have already had a quick look at the book and will definitely red it, thanks for the link.

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The book has some quotes that are very "colonial" and misinformed, but I liked this introduction.

He came to India because Thomas Edison asked him to find a species of bamboo :)

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His meeting with Edison, where Edison tells him what he is looking for:

With a quizzical gleam in his eye, he said: `I want a man to ransack all the tropical jungles of the East to find a better fibre for my lamp; I expect it to be found in the palm or bamboo family. How would you like that job?' Suiting my reply to his love of brevity and dispatch, I said, `That would suit me.'

And then he travels, first to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and then to India.

"From Ceylon I proceeded to India, touching the great peninsula first at Cape Comorin, and continuing northward by way of Pondicherry, Madura, and Madras; and thence to the tableland of Bangalore and the Western Ghauts, testing many kinds of wood at every point, but particularly the palm and bamboo families. From the range of the Western Ghauts I went to Bombay and then north by the way of Delhi to Simla, the summer capital of the Himalayas; thence again northward to the headwaters of the Sutlej River, testing everywhere on my way everything likely to afford the desired carbon.

On returning from the mountains I followed the valleys of the Jumna and the Ganges to Calcutta, whence I again ascended the Sub-Himalayas to Darjeeling, where the numerous river-bottoms were sprinkled plentifully with many varieties of bamboo, from the larger sizes to dwarfed species covering the mountain slopes, and not longer than the grass of meadows. Again descending to the plains I passed eastward to the Brahmaputra River, which I ascended to the foot-hills in Assam; but finding nothing of superior quality in all this northern region I returned to Calcutta and sailed thence to Rangoon, in Burmah"

Edited: 14 July 2013, 10:12
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4. Re: Why should you travel to India?

What an introduction. Thanks for sharing :)

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Really great. thanks for sharing

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