Floating Post Office: We all must have read or heard about floating gardens, islands and houseboats. But have you ever heard of the floating post office? There is no need to be surprised in this because it is really such a place. The most interesting thing is that the post office is not anywhere else but in India. This floating post office is built on Dal Lake. Now after hearing the name of Dal Lake, you must have understood that here we are talking about Kashmir, which is called heaven on earth.
About 200 years old floating post office was built during the British rule and even today letters and parcels are delivered to the people from here. Here the postmen deliver their important letters to the people sitting in the Shikara. All services are available in this floating post office built on Dal Lake. Here the special seal of the sailor driving the shikara is used on the envelope.
200 year old post office
This is a 200 year old post office from the time of the Maharaja to the British period. When the number of tourists increases here, no one working here has time to talk. Thousands of people come to this post office to take pictures. People can buy special covers, postcards and stamps from here. The postman hires a shikara and carries the letter to the houseboats. This has been going on for years and is still going on. A crowd of foreign tourists is also seen here.
Name changed in 2011
This is actually a heritage post office, which has been running since the British era. It was called Nehru Park Post Office before the year 2011. But that year the then Chief Post Master John Samuel took the initiative to re-run it and rebuild it as a floating post office. There are two small rooms in the houseboat of the post office – one room has an office while the other room has been made a museum.