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ABC 017 — Panoramic View from the Takht-e Rustam

Panoramic view from the top of the Takht-e Rustam. Just at its foot spreads the camping ground with some white tents (because of the irregular arrangement of the tents they could belong to the Afghan escort), to the right the Hamun can be seen behind a vast reed belt.

[List:] 17. View of the Hamún from the Takht-i-Rustám; north-west view.

  • Holdich, T.H. (1885): Afghan Boundary Commission; Geographical Notes, p. 164: “[…] The Takht-i-Rustam is not an imposing feature. From 200 to 300 feet above the plain it rises in a small well-defined peak from the sandstone cliffs bordering the swamp, and owes its importance in legendary history to the fact that there happens to be no other peak like it in its neighbourhood. From the Takht, however, a grand view is obtained over the lake, which in November can be seen from behind its thick and wide belt of reeds stretching away to the horizon.”
  • Peacocke, W (1887): Records of Intelligence Party ABC, Vol. 3, pp. 31-37 (Nov. 1st, 1884): Description of the march from Takht-e Rustam to Panj Deh; f.p. 45: sketch map of the area; p. 1: “Camped at 17 miles at west side of Takht-i-Rustam. This latter is a projecting flatheaded promontory about 100 feet high. This is a fairly good and roomy camping ground, with water from the Hamun by scooping channels in its margin, same as at last camp. No fuel, camel grazing, or grass, on route. Sandy soil throughout stage.”
  • Yate, A.C. (1887): Travels with the Afghan Boundary Commission, p. 97: description of the Hamun.
  • Adamec, L.W. (1973): Farah and south-western Afghanistan, p. 288: Takht-i-Rustam.
  • Ball, W. (1981): Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, p. 266: Takht-i Rustam, Seistan.
Image No.
ABC 017
Afghan Boundary Commission 1884-86
ABC 1, Photographs 001 to 057
Sepia print, 147/201 mm
margins faded, white spots
Place, date
Takht-e Rustam, November 1, 1884
  • 1.57 Pictures of Landscapes, Cities
  • 2.122 Farah and SW-Afghanistan
  • 4.365 Abdur Rahman Khan (1880-1901)
  • 4.416 GB Relations with Great Britain
  • Latitude / Longitude31.456207 / 61.829896
    Google Earth31°34ʹ N / 61°46ʹ E
    Survey of India MapSheet 30, Sistan (1918): Takht-i-Rustam, D 51

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