Turner did not travel to India. This watercolour is based on a sketch by Lieutenant George Francis White and is one of seven Turner made after White's sketches. They were engraved for a publication of 'Views of India, chiefly among the Himalaya Mountains' in 1838. Turner's imaginative interpretation of the scene drew on his direct experience of other mountainous regions. The small figures standing by a tent are dwarfed by the huge waterfalls thundering over enormous rocks.