Posted on: 11 September 2014

Source of the River Jhelum in an octagonal tank, Vernag, Kashmir - 1 June 1886

Water-colour painting of the source of the River Jhelum in an octagonal tank at Verinag (Kashmir) by Charles J. Cramer-Roberts (1834-1895), 1 June 1886. Inscribed on the front in water-colour is: 'Kashmir. Vernag. June 1./86. C.J.C.R.'

The spring is situated approximately 80 kilometres from Srinagar at an altitude of 1,876 metres and is believed to be the chief source of the Jhelum River. It was originally enclosed by a circular wall with a circumference of 80 metres. The emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-1627) had the shape changed to the favoured Mughal octagon in 1620. A little further downstream from the tank lie the remains of a Mughal pavilion and baths.

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Second time around?

Yes. : )

Love the unexpected nature of things we share on Facebook. Great for the mind!

So nostalgic I visited this place in year 1968 with my medical college group Unfortunately Kashmir is in turmoil now with the latest natural calamity.