Page 451. " they took the 'seven steps' round the fire "

The Saptapadi, or the 'seven steps', is an important part of the Hindu marriage ceremony.  The bride and groom must walk seven times around a consecrated fire, reciting a different vow with each circuit.  This video illustrates the Saptapadi.

Page 473. " the Hindu festival of Diwali "

Diwali lights and candles
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDiwali lights and candles - Credit: Indianhilbilly
Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for 5 days in October or November every year.  Diwali is celebrated with fireworks, lights and flowers and by distributing sweets and gifts. 


Page 475. " several rest-houses on the Murree Road "

The Murree Road, which was renamed Benazir Bhutto Road in 2008, is a major road in Pakistan, running between the cities of Rawalpindi and Murree.  It has historically been the site of several social and political gatherings.  The photo to the right shows the Murree Road, obviously taken many years after the events of The Far Pavilions

The Murree Road
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Murree Road - Credit: Fast track