Settlers in Simla - I

Adventurous Parsis had gone to live in the remote Himalayan hill station in the 19th century and thrived during the British Raj
Rusi R. Sorabji

Around 15 years ago while researching the Parsi settlers of Delhi during the early or mid-Mughal period I chanced upon the fact that the first Parsis arrived in Simla in the early or mid-1830s, in the Himalayan foothills situated at a height of 8,000 ft above sea level which in 1817 was described as "a middling-sized village where a fakir is situated to give water to the travelers.” Who were these adventurous Parsis? Where did they come from? How did they make it to one of the remote seven high hills that constitute this sparsely inhabited mountainous corner of north of India that in......

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