India on Himalayan Lakes
Complete Set of 5 nos of postage stamps on the Great Himalayan Lakes : Chandra Taal, Roopkund, Changu Lake, 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
- 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.