Travels in Kumaon and Garhwal Himalayas, 1890

India Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Badrinath old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Carriers old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Ermitage old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Family old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Girthi River old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 2.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Hermit Doe old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Jyotirmath old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Martoli Pastor old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 2.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Martoli Pastor old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 3.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Martoli Pastor old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Martoli View old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Milam Glacier old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 2.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Milam Glacier old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 3.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Milam Glacier old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Milam old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 2.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Milam old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Musician old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Nainital Lake old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 2.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Nainital Lake old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Nanda Kot old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Panorama old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 2.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Panorama old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 3.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Panorama old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Panschu old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Peasants old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Phurkia old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Phurkia Pindar old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Pindar Glacier old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Pindar Hunter old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Pindar Valley old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Pindar Valleys old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Ramganga River old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Shepherds old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Wood Bridge old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906 2.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Wood Bridge old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi area Zaka Parkar old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi Brahmin Badrinath old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi Glacier Mongschapu old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi Kati Panorama old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi Musicians Milam old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi Peasant Badrinath old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpgIndia Kumaon Himalaya Nanda Devi Pindar Panorama old Boeck Stereo Photo 1906.jpg
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These photographs were taken in Kumaon and Garhwal on the Milam – Malari trek and include places like Milam, Joshimath, Bardinath and Jageshwar. Refer to the map below
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Dr Kurt Boeck  made a number of  journeys into the Himalayas in the 1890s. He published a lavishly illustrated report of his travels titled “Indian glacier trips” in 1900. During these journeys he visited the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas, Darjeeling, Sikkim and Nepal. He obtained special permission to travel to Nepal which was a closed country at the time. Dr Boeck  was an amateur photographer and illustrated his books with the photographs from his journeys. During his travels in Nepal, Boeck had a secret camera, with which he photographed unnoticed through a hole in his bag.

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Many of his fantastic photographs were published in “Himalaya Album”, which was released in limited edition in 1894. It includes 10 large-format photographs from Sikkim and 10 photographs from Kumaon and Garhwal. In 1927 he published 500 copies of a book called “Himalaya – songs and images”. His two major works, “Indian glacier trips” and “In India and Nepal” were also soon sold out and were republished in the 1920s in several parts.
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Map of central himalayas

Map of Kumaon Himalayas – Milam to Malari trek. Click to view larger version

 

 

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Himalaya Album

Bibliography

  • Indische Gletscherfahrten. Reisen und Erlebnisse im Himalaya von Dr. Kurt Boeck
  • Indian Glacier Travels. Travels and adventures in the Himalayas by Dr. Kurt Boeck
  • Indische Wunderwelt. Reisen u. Erlebnisse in Britisch-Indien und auf Ceylon. BOECK, Kurt:
  • Indian Wonderworld. Travel & experiences in British India and Ceylon. BOECK, Kurt: Deutsches Verlag, Leipzig and Stuttgart, 1900
  • Himalaya album. Bilder aus den Indischen Alpen. Boeck Kurt Verlag von Friedrich Spies, Baden Baden 1894.
  • Himalayan album. Pictures from the Indian Alps. Boeck Kurt Verlag von Friedrich Spies, Baden Baden 1894.
  • Himâlaya. Songs and images. Boeck, Kurt
  • Himâlaya. Lieder und Bilder. Boeck, Kurt
  • Aux Indes et au Népal, Boeck, Kurt Hachette 1907
  • In India and Nepal Boeck, Kurt Hachette 1907

Full text of his book Indian glacier trips or Indische Gletscherfahrten can be found online.

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