That India has the most widely distributed postal network and the largest number of post offices in the world is a known fact. But did you know about India’s floating post office? Yes it’s true!
Set in a huge houseboat against the snow-clad mountains on the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar, India’s first and only floating post office is also believed to the be the only one of its kind in the world!
A government office might not be an obvious feature on a tourist’s itinerary but you’ll be surprised to know how many visitors to Srinagar take a boat ride right up to the post office just to send a postcard back home to their loved ones. That’s not all—the postage stamps here bear pictures of the beautiful Dal Lake, and have a distinctive stamp that depicts a man rowing a shikara. Now isn’t that a souvenir worth cherishing for life?
This heritage post office—which by the way, is also quite a treat to the eyes— is considered to be a fitting tribute to the Dal Lake, one of the most important attractions of Kashmir, and has certainly done its bit to further promote Kashmir as a tourist destination globally.
Inaugurated by then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Minister of State for Communications and IT, Sachin Pilot in 2011, this post office offers regular postal services on water and is frequented by both locals and tourists. In addition, it houses a philately museum showcasing its fascinating history and stamp collection, and a souvenir shop that sells stamps, postcards, greeting cards and books on Kashmir. Email and telephone services across the world are also available.
Are you packing your bags for Srinagar anytime soon? Do not forget to send that special postcard to friends and family back home!