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One of the more appealing stops on the Upper Ayeyarwady river journey, Katha surveys the  river from its high bank, over- shadowed by the densely  wooded hills of the Gangaw Taung to the west. This quiet, tree­lined admin is trative town is perhaps best known for being the place to which the British writer George Orwell was posted in 1926–7 as a District Superintendent in the Imperial Indian Police. His short sojourn here  inspired his 1934 auto biog- raphical novel, Burmese Days.  A few buildings mentioned in the book still stand, including the half­timbered British Club, the double­storied police commis sioner’s house, and the Anglican church.

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