Champithang dak bungalow

Champithang dak bungalow

1999.23.2.29 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

1940 - 1941


Chumbi Valley > Yatung > Champithang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

110 x 67 mm

The dak bungalow rest house at Champithang between Natu La and Yatung. There is snow on the roof and icicles hanging from the eaves

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - "Velox" and the number 500 are stamped on the reverse of print in black ink. [KC 24/10/2005]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - According to Richardson this is, "Champithang [Champitang] in Sikkim. The last rest house; north side of the pass before Yatung." [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Roger Croston, detailed in H. Staunton undated Related Documents File, PRM Manuscript Collections] [KC 3/11/2005]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: "These rest-houses have been put up every ten or fifteen miles along the way from Gangtok to Gyantse. They were originally built soon after the Younghusband expedition of 1904,but most of them have been enlarged or rebuilt since. They are intended for the use of Government officials but are also at the disposal of tourists, a limited number of whom are each year allowed up the trade route as far as Gyantse" [F. Spencer Chapman, Lhasa The Holy City , London: Readers' Union, p.17]. "[We] reached the bungalow of Champithang (13,350') ... This bungalow has three rooms - a small dining-room and two bedrooms ..." (ibid. 23). [KC 24/10/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Champithang dak bungalow" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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