Administration, Social and Cultural Characteristics History of Garhwal in Shah Dynasty -38
History of Garhwal including Haridwar (1223- 1804 AD) –part -227
History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -475
By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Research Student)
Low Density Inhabitation
Garhwal as today too, had 79% hilly area. There are Snow Belt and baron belt in Garhwal. Forests were there in every village area.
The boundary areas were always baron when there were wars and conflicts between Kumaon and Garhwal or between Rohillas and Garhwal. In south, in Bhabhar, after Rohillas invasion there was a 58 miles long and five to six miles wide strip of land under Garhwal. The Kotridun where Mavakut fort was there was baron. Once, Jaydev grew indigo in this region. Patlidun also became inhabitant less due to continuous invasion from South. Doon valley was always disturbed by the attacks of Rohillas, Gujjar, Rakhad, Sikh, Rajput and Rohillas and low density population was there in Dehradun region. Haridwar was also always effected by conflicts and low density was also there.
Garhwal had 99 % population in villages. Shrinagar was called a city. The area of Shrinagar was less than one square mile. The population of Shrinagar was around six to seven thousand only.
Dehradun was not city. There was big village surrounding Guru Ram Rai Darbar. In 1827, there were 518 houses and 2116 people around Guru Ram Rai Darbar.
In 1827, in Devprayag, there was one of one and half thousand people. Haridwar was having population but not large.
Ghat or Markets
There were small business centers in Garhwal. A few markets were Toll Tax collection centers. Following Market places were famous Toll tax centers where population was more -
Armound Bhotantik region following market places were there
Malari or Markha
Bampa or Bhwan
Haridwar was also market place.
In 1822, the population of British Garhwal (Pauri, Chamoli and Rudraprayag) was 3457.
There were 400 villages in Dehradun in Pradyuman Shah Period. The number of villages in Tehri Garhwal and Uttarkashi would be around 1000 or so. Dr Dabral assess that there would be number of villages in Garhwal including Dehradun around 5000 or 5500 before 1805.
Population of a Village
In 1796, Hardwicke described the path from Kotdwara to Shrinagar and described that there were villages having hardly six or eight huts. A village having ten huts was called big village. In Bhotantik region, villager was bigger and denser.
In 1822, there were 3457 villages and 19302 houses (huts , mud houses or so) in British Garhwal (Pauri, Chamoli and Rudraprayag). It means before Gorkhali, there were 31000 Houses in Garhwal Kingdom. Two or three families used to live together in one hut. There might be 62000 families before Gorkha period. In 1881, the average members in one family was counted 7.3.
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History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -476
(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)
History of Garhwal from 1223-1804 to be continued in next chapter ….
History of Characteristics of Garhwal Kings Shah dynasty, to be continued
Notes on South Asian Modern Period History of Garhwal; South Asian Modern Period History of Pauri Garhwal; South Asian Modern Period History of Chamoli Garhwal; South Asian Modern Period History of Rudraprayag Garhwal; South Asian Modern History of Tehri Garhwal; South Asian Modern History of Uttarkashi Garhwal; South Asian Modern Period History of Dehradun, Garhwal; Modern History of Haridwar ; South Asian Modern Period History of Manglaur, Haridwar; South Asian Modern Period History of Rurkee Haridwar ; South Asian Modern Period History of Bahadarpur Haridwar ; South Asian Modern Period History of Haridwar district, South Asian History of Bijnor old Garhwal