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Travel to Northern India: Chunar

Twenty miles upstream from Varanasi, and across the river, there's a 200-foot-high hill rising from the plains and capped by a fort old when Humayun captured it in 1537. The British took it in 1764, and a few years later Warren Hastings found it a handy refuge during a local rebellion.

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The view from the hill and looking northeast and downstream, toward Varanasi.  This is the point where the Ganges makes it great northerly turn.

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From the riverside, looking toward the fort.

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Another view of the fortifications.

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Looking down from the fort.

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An informative listing, with some famous names.

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Entrance to the fort.

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One of the buildings within the fort.  The round holes lead to former dungeons.

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Famous prisoners were held here--and escaped from here.

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Balcony overlooking the river.

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Down at the bottom, there's a British cemetery.

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The tombstone of Col. John White, who died in 1794 at age 64.  The inscription states that he "was known to be a kind and tender husband, an affectionate father, a zealous officer during 38 years that he served in this country, and a sincere friend."


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