Bernier, François, Travels in the Mogul Empire A.D. 1656-1668

(Westminster, Eng. :  Constable,  1891.)



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Written at Lahor, the 25th February I6G0.
Aureng-Zebe having arrived there.

Concerning Ihe extent, the magnificence, and the mode of
ordering the Camp of the Great Mogol. The number of
the Elephants, Camels, Mules, and Men-Porters necessary
for its transport. The arrangement of the Bazars or
Royal Markets, the quarters set apart for the Omrahs or
Nobles, and the rest of the Army. The area occcupied by
the Army when thus encamjyed. The various difficulties
met with and how overcome. The measures taken to pre¬
vent robberies. The modes of travelling adopted by the
King, the Princesses, and the rest of ihe Harem. The
risks one encounters on approaching too near the Sera¬
glio. The various kinds of Hunting enjoyed by the King,
accompanied by all his Army. The number of persons
accompanying the Army, and how they exist.


O N S I E U R,

This is indeed slow and solemn marching, what we
here call a la Mogole. Lahor is little more than one
hundred and twenty leagues or about fifteen days' journey
from Dehli, and we have been nearly two months on the
road. The King, it is true, together with the greater
part of the army, diverged from the highway, in search
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