Shrinagar Social Structure -2

Shrinagar Social Structure -2
British Administration in Garhwal -147
History of British Rule/Administration over Kumaun and Garhwal (1815-1947) -167

History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -1001
By: Bhishma Kukreti (History Student)
In 1820, Hamilton wrote, “Shrinagar is situated in the middle of Shrinagar valley. It is oval shape. The length is 6 ferlang but width is very less. The houses are built by stone and cemented by mud. Most of the houses are two stories roofed by grey flat stones. The Ex-King palace is in the middle of the town. The palace was built by big granite stones. It is highest storied building in town.1803 Earthquake destroyed the palace. The ruined is so dangerous that it is dangerous to be near the ruined palace. Whatever are left shows that the hill architecture was best example. It seems that palace was big and drawings were drawn on palace outer walls.”
Further Hamilton described Shrinagar in following words. There was only one road and bazars were on both the sides of road. The road was two furlang long and set by stones. The houses on both the sides were of two story buildings. The shops were there on the ground floor and oeple stayed on first story. At present he business was negligible. Only, hemp and woolen clothes were made here in negligible quantity. There were two major temples in the town. There was Dharmshala in Shrinagar. The tourists, pilgrims used to stay in Dharmshala. There used to be regular maintenance of Dharmshala.
There was a small human settlement near bazar. The houses were so near that there was no place in between two houses. The road was so narrow that only two persons could pass together. In 1815, British army entered into Shrinagar and it was in ruined position. Baldock built his house nearby palace in lonely place.

1-Shiv Prasad Dabral ‘Charan’, Uttarakhand ka Itihas, Part -7 Garhwal par British -Shasan, part -1, page- 332-456
2-Haimilton , description of Hindustan vol. 2 page 639


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History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -1002
*** History of British Rule/Administration over British Garhwal (Pauri, Rudraprayag, and Chamoli1815-1947) to be continued in next chapter
(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)

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