Travels into Bokhara: A Voyage up the Indus to Lahore and a Journey to Cabool, Tartary & Persia

Travels into Bokhara: A Voyage up the Indus to Lahore and a Journey to Cabool, Tartary & Persia Alexander Burnes Was A British Adventurer And Employee Of The East India Company During This Turbulent Era He Spoke Hindi And Persian And Was Nicknamed Bokhara Burnes For His Role In Establishing Contact With And Exploring Bukhara, Which Made His Name He Was Rud To Be A Spy During The First Afghan War And Was Knighted By Queen Victoria For His Clandestine Services During The Conflict Burnes Kept A Lively, Detailed Record Of His Trail Blazing Journey Across Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, The Indian Sub Continent And Beyond Which He Later Published To Great Acclaim, Entitled Travels Into Bokhara A Voyage Up The Indus To Lahore And A Journey To Cabool, Tartary Persia

Captain Sir Alexander Burnes, FRS was a Scottish traveller and explorer who took part in The Great Game He was nicknamed Bokhara Burnes for his role in establishing contact with and exploring Bukhara, which made his name His memoir, Travels into Bokhara, was a bestseller when it was first published in 1835.He advised Lord Auckland to support Dost Mohammed on the throne of Kabul, but the viceroy

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  • 172 pages
  • Travels into Bokhara: A Voyage up the Indus to Lahore and a Journey to Cabool, Tartary & Persia
  • Alexander Burnes
  • 01 June 2017
  • 9781387051441

10 thoughts on “Travels into Bokhara: A Voyage up the Indus to Lahore and a Journey to Cabool, Tartary & Persia

  1. says:

    Enjoyable and insightful This is the travel log of an explorer, adventurer, diplomat and spy Reading this book you become a companion of Burnes in his primitive mission, mapping a relatively unknown area of the world unknown even in modern time for many of us Although in many cases the descriptions of the landscape can be tedious i.e length and depth of rivers , it is useful to put it into perspective of the time this was written, and understand the importance it had at this time Thankfully most of the time the descriptions are magnificent, and give a real insight to the lands he travelled, the people he encountered, and their customs and cultures, that also relevant in some extend today.The reader has a lot also to gain by appreciating the ways he traveled in each region change of medium, clothes, habits and the ways he built his relationships with the different people I am not sure if this is the most accurate history travel book for this region, yet I rate it with 4 stars because I definitely enjoyed reading it and following Burnes to his journey.Explanatory notes on this edition were also helpful.

  2. says:

    For anyone who has worked or travelled in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan this is a gem An under cover British agent on an intelligence gathering mission in the1830s, giving his first hand account An episode of The Great Game , when no one in the British Empire knew whether the Indus was navigable, or what was really happening in Central Asia beyond Kabul A spectacular success with a very sorry end Altogether fascinating

  3. says:

    Burnes was an officer in the British Indian army and in 1831 made a trip from India, through the Punjab, into Afghanistan and up to Bukhara He traveled in disguise as far as locals were concerned, but identified himself to local officials as a British officer to be sure he wasn t accused of spying Along the way he took note of roads, topology, climate etc., all as part of the Great Game Several years later, Barnes was killed by a mob in Afghanistan as part of the first war there Anyway, this is a most engaging read He describes the landscape, rivers, cities, and people along the way There are so many observations I can t summarize them all, but I will list a couple He observed that people in desert Bukhara always drink water with ice, which they warehouse from the harsh winter There is a lot of discussion of slave selling Persian Shia and Russian infidels being the top sellers Except for being held captive, the slaves he talks with say they are generally well treated, as long as they at least pretend to be Sunni Moslems Barnes and his party spend a lot of time as guest of various potentates When the cheese of Bukhara helps them find a safe caravan to the Caspian, he does it by calling in the caravan leader, holding his family hostage and insisting that the leader bring him back a sealed letter from Barnes that he has safely reached his destination, or else the caravan leaders family will be wiped from the earth I guess that s how you facilitate commerce in 1830 central Asia I loved this short book.

  4. says:

    Accounts of a British spy employed by the East India Co, to travel through India and the Middle East The book provided an insightful overview of 19th century British India and the Middle East, which was educational The former consistently treated Burnes with deference by virtue of being a British colony this formed a rather dull and boring 2 3 of the book where we witness Burnes wine and dine with a litany of brown nosing locals The latter was much interesting, with lots of brushes with slave traders and lawless Wild Wild West type societies Overall, despite potentially exciting content, Burnes s narration is dull, flat, distant and removed, rendering this to be a tedious book, despite its exciting premise It doesn t give you a full and heady sense of his experiences It isn t immersive in the way one hopes a rip roaring account of adventure should be It reads like a stale thesis by a sociologist.

  5. says:

    A twenty six year old British adventurer, multi lingual Alexander Burnes explored and spied for the British East India Company and, ultimate, the Crown Bokhara Burnes explored Bukhara, served as a spy during the first Afghan War He was knighted by Queen Victoria for his clandestine services in those tempestuous times Here is his detailed record of a trail blazing journey across Afghanistan and beyond, which he later published as Travels into Bokhara A Voyage up the Indus to Lahore and a Journey to Cabool, Tartary Persia What do you need to know Grab a copy.

  6. says:

    Although the text is a little dry and plodding and slow for me to read, and although most of the author s travels were in countries that I have no immediate intention of visiting such as Afghanistan and Pakistan , it was still interesting and enjoyable to read an almost 200 year old travelogue of getting to Bukhara and what is now modern Uzbekistan.

  7. says:

    Most fascinating testimony to the voyages of British adventurer, employed by the East India Company and later on knighted by Queen Victor for his accounts and deeds, through parts of India, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, a vivid account that I, for one, found impossible to put down

  8. says:

    Great edition to a masterwork of travel writing human observation A thrill for numismatists and travel buffs alike Nice edition with explanatory notes Burnes was a humane man, far ahead of his time Very readable, not overwrought Victorian prose Clear and even funny.

  9. says:

    Fascinating look at life, 200 years ago, in the Terra Incognito on the frontiers of British India, the Russian Empire, the Chinese Empire and the Middle East.

  10. says:

    Interesting and of its time.

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