chapter  17
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Writing after the completion of the Pamirs delimitation, Thomas Holdich, the chief British surveyor, waxed lyrical:

Amidst the voiceless waste of a vast white wilderness 20,000 feet above the sea, absolutely inaccessible to man and within the ken of no living creature but the Pamir eagles – there the three great empires actually meet. It is a fitting trijunction. No god of Hindu mythology ever occupied a more stupendous throne.1