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Punjab
The Jhelum River
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Jhelum River - Credit: Askarii

The Punjab is the cross-border region currently made up of the Indian state of Punjab and the Pakistani province of Punjab.  In the 19th century, Pakistan did not exist as a separate state – it was established in 1947 after the British rule of India came to an end.

The name 'Punjab' means 'five waters', referring to the Ravi, Chenab, Jhelum, Beas and Sutlej rivers.

 

 

Corner of the Murree Road, Rawalpindi
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCorner of the Murree Road, Rawalpindi - Credit: Brian Harrington Spier

In The Far Pavilions, we visit various parts of the Punjab, including the city of Rawalpindi where Ash and his friend Wally are stationed. In 1851, Rawalpindi became a permanent garrison of the British army and in the 1880s a railway line into Rawalpindi was opened.  The climate is cool and wet in winter and extremely hot in summer, often with monsoons and storms.  The famous Murree Road and Grand Trunk Road both pass through Rawalpindi.