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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII IN THE NUBRA VALLEY It did not take us long to retrace our steps. The great stone slide which had taken five hours to ascend was descended in half an hour. The village of Panimik looked quite fertile to us, with its hayfields gay with flowers, and its shady willows. Near the village is a hot spring where baths have been constructed. I sallied forth with pleasant visions of a warm plunge bath, to be speedily disappointed. The water was scalding hot, with a temperature of 150 Fahr., which is more appropriate for lobsters than for men. No doubt with patience and some knowledge of engineering one might have brought a stream of cold water to the bath. But I was content to examine its qualities by other methods than immersion. There was a saline deposit round the hot springs on the hillside, of which I collected a specimen. It appears to be an impure carbonate of sodium, of which considerable quantities were formerly collected near Panimik and exported to Kashmir. The spring is not so copious as those of Chutrun in Baltistan, and has not the same reputation among the people for the cure of rheumatism and dyspepsia. An important factor in popularity is not found at Panimik. There is no temple or shrine in connection with the spring, hence there are no monks or moullahs specially interested in its development. At Tagur, which we reached next day, a stay was made to enable me to do something for any sick or blind people. There were some monks in the large Samtanling Goupa suffering from cataract, these were sent down for me to operate on them, and then I was invited up to the monastery. It is beautifully situated; not like most, high up on the top of a jutting barren rock, but in the fertile mouth of a gorge, where terraces have been levelled, now cov...
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