Asia. The first part being an accurate description of Persia, and the several provinces thereof : the vast empire of the Great Mogol, and other parts of India, and their several kingdoms and regions : with the denominations and descriptions of the cities, towns, and places of remark therein contain'd : the various customs, habits, religion, and languages of the inhabitants : their political governments, and way of commerce : also the plants and animals peculiar to each country
Ogilby, John, 1600-1676.

The Province of Betziruan.

*ON the West side of the Plains of Mocan, lies a Countrey and Mountain call'd Bet∣ziruan, which is water'd by a winding River, so that those which travel through this Countrey to Ardebil, are forc'd to cross the same.

Amongst several others, there is one Village, call'd Schechmuras, where the Front of the Houses are built of Stone, and the Back-parts cut into the Mountain, but cover'd over with Canes, Straw, and the like.

On the top of the Mountain rises a clear and sweet Spring, which passing between the Rocks, breeds abundance of Craw-Fish.

Not far from hence are other Mountains of two Leagues long, and behind them a Village call'd Disle, in which the Indians that come to Trade at Schamachie built a Caravansera, Anno 1639.

Between these Mountains in divers place grow abundance of Fig-Trees.

Five Leagues from Disle lies the Caravansera Aggis, built very large.

In this Way the Travellers never suffer their Horses or Camels to eat, by reason of the poy∣sonous Quality of the Grass, of which some that have tasted dy'd soon after.

Somewhat farther lies the Village Tzanlu, near a pleasant Hill surrounded with Gardens and Orchards.

Beyond Tzanlu lies Tzizetlu, a Mountain three Leagues over. By the foot of it glides the River Carusu, which coming out of the Kilanean Moun∣tains, falls into the Aras: It also runs by the Vil∣lage Samiam, under a Stone Bridge with six Arches Half a League from which, and two lit∣tle Leagues from the City Ardebil, is the Hamlet Tzabedar.

Little Fewel is to be had hereabouts, where∣fore the Inhabitants burn Cows, Horses, and Camels Dung, in stead thereof, having first dry'd the same sufficiently in the Sun.

Having in this our Relation hitherto often made mention of the Caspian Sea, it will not be amiss to give a short Description of it.