Bombay and Western India; A Series of Stray Papers Volume 1

Bombay and Western India; A Series of Stray Papers Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... FROM RAJMACHI. 193 terrace. It looks down upon the Konkan. The ancients of this place, in their shirts of mail, could look down and see all that was going on in the plains below. The Bor Ghat was the same then as it is now, not only in physical contour and conformation, but absolutely the only pass through which all the commerce of the Bombay Harbour passed to the Dekhan. The railway makes no difference in this respect; commerce is friendly, but war is unfriendly, so sometimes an enemy came, and Eajmachi kept an outlook on him. Kotligarh stood guard below, but Rajmachi was the great bull's-eye lantern held in the face of friend or foe, and flashed upon every man who came from those lower Konkan regions. "Who's there?" was the watchword of Eajmachi. God keep the country, when its vigilance committee is perched up in places like this. We can verify the fact that a great extent of landscape can be seen from Eajmachi. But the following are the places that on a clear day may be easily descried. As for the Duke's Nose, Matheran, Bawamalang, Prabhal, and Karnala: they are barely worth mentioning--the mere kernel of a grand panorama. Our guide sung out to us Tung, Tikona, Logarh. But even they are nothing when Bhimashankar is in view; and Harischandragad, where you may lie on the edge of the precipice, drop a stone, and find it takes eleven seconds to strike the bottom; Nagothna; our old friend of sewing-up-in-sacks notoriety Sagargarh, with the sun setting at Alibagh; and there is Tungar and the Salsette Hills; and, across the flat sow-backed Prabhal, the harbour, island, and city of Bombay. The upper fort is called Shrivardhan, which means, we understand, "increase of prosperity;" the lower fort, in like manner, Manranjan, ...
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  • English
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  • 1236485955
  • 9781236485953