KHAMTI TO INDIA
our coming by courier from Bishi, had issued orders that every possible facility should be given us, and himself kindly sent us a most acceptable present of preserves.
On the 2 ist (December) we found elephants awaiting us, provided by the same gentlemanas forethought; and for the first time for months we were able to spare our own legs and smoke our pipes in luxury.
The intermediate villages were mainly Singpho, and a few Thai', the latter easily recognisable from their religious posts in shape like elliptical roofed houses, such as we had already seen in Khamti.
The scenery much resembled that of Laos; dwellings appeared amid palms and plantains. Between the villages we traversed extensive woods and
paddy-fields, where the
startled buffaloes wheeled into line of battle as we passed. We certainly formed a queer troop. At the head we rode on elephants, and behind us wound our porters, their grey tchaupas contrasting with the brighter garments of the Singphos in the sun. We might have been taken for a string of prisoners or a procession of penitents. Namas behaviour at this time was that of a little child; he was