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WASHINGTON VOL. XXV, No.4 APRIL, 1914 NA1TJICQ>WAlL 000 000 CGIE(Q)CGJIR1.&WIHIILCC 1rlliIIE rn DO MACGJA71IINlE CASTLES IN THE AIR Experiences and Journeys in Unknown By JOHN CLAUDE WHITE, C. I. E. LATE POUTIC.\L OFFICER IN CHARGE OF SIKKI:\I, BnUT.\N, TIBI,n AS FÂŁLL \VITHIN THE SPHERE OF BRlTISH AUTHOR 01" "SIKKUl AND BHUTAN" With Photographs I Bhutan AND SUCH P.\RTS INFLUE:XCE. or by the Author THAS been my good fortune to have had exceptional facilities for exploring the hitherto very little known, but most interesting, native state of Bhutan, which lies in the heart of the Himalara Mountains, on their southern slopes, about 250 miles northeast of Calcutta (for map see page 457). Though naturally an unruly and turbulent country, there had been no raids into British territory for 111any years, owing to the good government and strength of character of the present ruler, now Maharaja Sir Ugyen Wang-chuk, K. C. S. 1., K C. 1. E. By correspondence I had kept up the friendly intercourse begun by my predecessor and friend, the late Mr. A. W. Paul, and on meeting Sir Ugyen for the first time in the Chumbi Valley, at time of the Lhasa Expedition, our acquaintance ripened into firm friendship on both sides. He extended to me a most pressing invitation to visit his country, and when I was able to do so, a little later on, he gave me every possible assistance, and consequently during the several journeys I made there I was enabled to see everything of interest and to"gather information otherwise impossible to procure. Sir Ugyen, his council, the Deb Raja. and all the lamas (monks) combined to make my visits both 1110stinteresting and enjoyable and treated me royally throughout. * "The first of my journeys into Bhutan was toward the end of 1905, when I made my way down the Am-mo-elm Valley from Chumbi to the plains of India. In the following spring 1 was sent by the government of India to present the insignia of a Knight Commander of the Indian Empire to the Tongsa Penlop, and to do this I traveled from my headquarters, the residency at Gangtok, in Sikkim. crossing the Natu-Ia Pass to Chumbi via Bah. Paro, 'Tashi-cho-jong to Poonakha, and on to Tongsa and Byagha, and on my return journey from Tashi-cho-jong northward up the valley of the 'Tchin-chu into Tibet. On another occasion T marched along the boundary between British India and Bhutan and from Dorunga across the Dangna-chu to Kanga and up the Kuru River. In the same year I also traveled from Dewangiri through Chungkar. 'I'ashi-goug, Tashiyangtsi. across the Dong-Ia to Lhuntsi ; Pangkha, Singhi-jong, and across the Bad-la into Tibet. 1 n 1907 a formal intimation was conveyed to the governmcnt of India that Sir Ugven Wang-chuk, 1<. C. J. E., the 'Tongsa Penlop. was about to be installed as Yl'a/po (king), or Maharaja of Bhutan, and this was accompanied by a pressing invitation that I should personally be present, and to my great gratification I was deputed head of a mission representing the government of India at the ceremony. The mission traveled through Phari. in the Chumbi Valley, across the 'I'emo-la to Para. and by my old route to Poonakha. and then leaving my escort and companions I returned by a new and unknown route via Bite Jong and Dungna-jong to Faigoan, in the plains of India (see map, page 457).

National Geographic Magazine, April 1914

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