His Principal Residence
Was The Strong Castle Of El Tor, Situated Upon A High Level Surrounded
By Mountains; He
[P.450] had also a smaller castle, called El Tobab, with a town, from
four to five days' journey distant from Gonfode on the sea-coast.
In the Asyr district, the pilgrim passed the villages called Shekrateyn,
Ed-dahye, Shohata, and Ed-djof. So far the road had always been on the
very summit of the mountain: the traveller henceforward continuing along
the valleys composing the lower chain of hills that intersect the
Refeydha, Arabs - Abyda, Arabs - Harradja, a town in the district of the
Senhan Arabs; which also contains the fertile wady called Raha - Homra, a
place inhabited by the Senhan Arabs: at one day's journey eastward is
Wady Nedjran, belonging to the tribe of Yam-Thohran, inhabited by the
Wadaa tribe: this place is high in the mountain, but the Wadaa occupy
also the low valleys - Bagem, a tribe of Arabs: eastward of them resides
the powerful tribe of Kholan Arabs - Dohhyan, of the Sahhar tribe-Sada:
from Sada the most usual stages to Sanaa are Beit Medjahed - Djorf - Kheywan
and Houth, two places in the district of the Hashed tribe - Zybein, - Omran-
Sanaa-Seven days from Sada to Sanaa.
Notices respecting the Country south of Mekka.
I HAVE already described the road from Mekka to Tayf. Four hours distant
from Tayf, in a S.E. direction, is Lye, a wady with a rivulet, fine
gardens, and many houses on the borders of the stream.
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