Stamp of The Day

Postage stamps issued with pictures of wildlife/nature become Collector's items. In our routine brush with postage stamps most of us, unless we are ardent stamp collectors, miss these colourful stamps. brings you a feature wherein we examine each day a special stamp issued by the Department of Posts to commemorate an endangered species or to celebrate a beautiful natural heritage.

On 6th November 2006, a commemorative stamp on ‘HimalayanLakes’ was issued for a denomination of Rs5/-. 

Known for their pristine beauty, the Himalayan lakes ofIndia, surrounded by towering snowcapped peaks, have inspired travelers,pilgrims, painters and adventure seekers. From Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, the Himalayan ranges aredotted with a galaxy of lakes of remarkable beauty.  Most of these lakes are found at altitudes ofless than 5000 meters and, interestingly, the size of the lake diminishes withaltitude. 

The Tsomoriri Lake or “mountain lake” is an enchantingexpanse of water ringed by mountains, located about 240 km from Leh, in RupshuValley of Jammu and Kashmir.  The lake issituated at an altitude of about 4267 meter from sea level, near a smallvillage called Korzok.  15 miles inlength and 3-4 miles in width, the lake is home to many rare migratorybirds.  The area is rich in wildlifeincluding the ‘Kyang’ (wild ass), red fox and the snow leoard, and the lakearea is also known for the colourful nomadic people who live there. 

-Department of Posts and Telegraphs India

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