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 India on Himalayan Lakes
November 6, 2006

India on Himalayan Lakes

Complete Set of 5 nos of postage stamps on the Great Himalayan LakesChandra TaalRoopkundChangu Lake, Sela Lake and Tsomoriri Lake :

Chandra Tal, Roop Kund, Lake Tsomgo, Sela Lake and Tsomoriri Lake

Issued by India

Issued on Nov 6, 2006

Type : Se-tenant block of 5 Stamps (four horizontal and one vertical), Mint Condition

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 500 paise each

Stamps Printed : 3.0 Million each

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printer : India Security Press, Nasik

About : 

  • The word ‘lake’ conjures up a vision of blue, tranquil waters, boats with semi-recumbent revelers, and other paraphernalia of a tourist resort all set against a lush and beautiful backdrop. The lake eco-systems are, however, of significance and under threat. On the one hand they are vulnerable to pollution, and on the other hand their vulnerability means that they can be excellent sensors of environmental change.
  • Known for their pristine beauty, the Himalayan Lakes of India, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks, have inspired travelers, pilgrims, painters and adventure seekers. From Jammu & Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, the Himalayan ranges are dotted with a galaxy of lakes of remarkable beauty. Most of these lakes are found at altitudes of less than 5000 meters and, interestingly, the size of the lakes diminish with altitude.
  • The Department of Posts has tried to capture the beauty and serenity of five Himalayan Lakes of India through this set of stamps.
  • One of the most classically beautiful lakes is the Chandratal in Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh that connects the areas of Spiti and Lahaul. Surrounded by snows and acres of scree, this deep blue lake has a circumference of 2.5 KM, and is the source of river Chandra. Situated at a breathtaking 4300 meters above sea level, the lake itself was probably formed at the end of the last ice age when the glaciers retreated, leaving behind considerable dead ice masses, which on melting formed large lakes. According to some believers, this is the spot from where the eldest Pandava brother Yudhishthir ascended the God Indra‘s chariot which conveyed him to ‘Swarg‘ (Heaven) in mortal form.
  • Roop Kund is situated at a height of 5029 meters from sea level on the lap of the Trisul Massif.
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