Monday, 16 July 2018

Did you know about the ‘Floating Post Office’?

Jammu and Kashmir is one of the beautiful states of India. The number of tourist footfalls increases every year. The state has everything beautiful. This state is unruffled. Talking about the postal network, India has the largest postal network in the world.

            This tourist place added a new feather to its cap when it declared the inauguration of a floating post office on the Dal Lake, which is also India’s first floating post office. As informed by John Samuel, the state’s chief post master, "This is the first such post office in India. It has been made as a tourist focus post office on a huge house boat and will provide a unique and tourist-friendly service to the people of Kashmir and to tourists from across the world."

            Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology(IT), and Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, inaugurated this floating post office in August 2011. Samuel, the state’s chief post master, also said that the letters posted from this post office will carry a special design which will have the scenic beauty of Dal Lake and Srinagar. This feature had been added in order to promote Kashmir as a tourist attraction across the globe. It is also a tribute to Dal Lake, which is an important tourist friendly place of this state.

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         The post office also includes a philately museum. Moreover, there is a shop that sells stamps and other things. Picture post cards, greeting cards, stationery and several books on Kashmir are also sold here. The beauty of this post office truly compliments the beauty of this lake. This idea of having a floating post office is incredibly different and benefitting.

-         By Aarzoo Kareer

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