Mountain Indid

Group: Indid


(Gracile) Indid variety native to the valleys south of the Western Himalaya and in the Hindu Kush. Once the principal element of the Khas and widespread in the North Indian Plains. Today common in Garhwali of Uttarakhand and Pahari, but also in Purigi, Kanets, Rajputs, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Nepal, Eastern Afghanistan, even Tajikistan. Occasionally in Sikh, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Iran.

Physical Traits:

Light brown skin, straight or wavy hair. Rather short, mesoskelic, endomorph, sometimes ectomorph. Dolicho- mesocephalic, ortho- hypsicranic, relatively large head. Meso- or mildly leptorrhine, large, straight nose with a depressed root. Deep eyelids, usually significant supraorbital arches, slightly receding chin. The broad face seems rhomboid due to the narrow forehead and wide jaw.


Eickstedt (1926, 1926b, 1934, 1937) named it Mountain Indid or Garwahli / Himalaya race. Herrlich (1937) identified it as "Type A" in the Hindu Kush, Schwidetzky (1950) reports low frequencies in Turkic people of Central Asia, Janetschek (1990) in Pathans of Nepal.

Similar types:

Indo Nordic Tibetid
Proto Iranid North Indid
Keralid Gracile Indid
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