1936 - 1937 Mission Diary

The official diary of the Gould mission to Lhasa sent by the British government. Read more about the mission diary.

December 18th, Friday

Ragashar and Shokang, brothers of the Maharani of Sikkim, came to dinner and to see our films.

The weather has broken, and we are at last experiencing something of the dread Tibetan winter about which we have heard so much. At midday a strong South-Westerly wind starts; this gathers force until a dust-storm is raised. The sun is half obscured by a lurid glow, the hills become invisible and only in the case of direct necessity does one leave one's house. These storms cease abruptly at about three o'clock in the afternoon.

Author: Frederick Spencer Chapman [see handwritten annotations in Diary by Hugh Richardson in MS. Or. Richardson 2, Bodleian Libary, Department of Oriental Collections, University of Oxford]

Page Reference: Pt XI p.1

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