India Through the Eyes of Ellen Churchill Semple



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From the back of the card: “The Dhal Lake is situated amid the most beautiful scenery of the native Indian state of Kashmir. It was the summer resort of the ancient kings of Delhi, and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, being surrounded by fair gardens with sloping lawns and foaming cascades, and bound in by precipitous peaks. The surface of the lake is covered for miles with lotus lilies and tangled masses of aquatic plans, forming floating gardens.” Also known as the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or "Srinagar's Jewel", the lake covers an area of 6.9 square miles and is part of a natural wetland which covers 8.1 square miles including its floating gardens. The floating gardens, known as "Rad" in Kashmiri, blossom with lotus flowers during July and August.

This card was produced by British designer Raphael Tuck who in 1903 launched his “Oilette” series of cards, cards that had a surface designed to look like miniature oil paintings.

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