Philately Exhibition on Uttarakhand

The postal services in Uttarakhand were introduced during the British rule in 1816. The area of present day Kumaon, Garhwal and Dehra Dun were taken from Nepal under the treaty of Sigauli and annexed to British Indian territories as a Non-Regulation hill province. The postal rates were different and postal rules were relaxed in this area. In the year 1900 the area was integrated with the united postal administration of India.
The exhibit portrays Uttarakhand through philatelic material. The rich cultural diversity and magnificent heritage of this state is explored through philatelic world. The exhibit is primarily divided in two sections viz., pre-independence and post-independence. The first postage stamp was introduced in 1854 in India. Before that handstuck postage stamps were used. Handstuck stamps were used in Almora, Dehra Dun, Haridwar, Landour, Mussoorie and Nainital. Court fee stamp of Tehri-Garhwal princely state are included. How the name Dehra Dun evolved in 200 years of postal history of this area is elaborated. Formation of Uttarakhand state in 2000 along with its state symbol (Monal, Brahm Kamal, Buraans, Kasturi Mrig) are presented.

  • Personalities : Stalwarts like Govind Vallabh Pant, Chandra Singh Garhwali, Sir George Everest, Raja Mahendra Pratap, Sir Ronald Ross, Vijay Lakshmi Pandit, Swami Sivananda, Sri Ram Sharma Acharya, Ras Behari Basu, Nain Singh, Radhanath Sikdar, etc are portrayed along with their association with Uttarakhand.
  • Gandhiji : This section discusses the journey of Gandhiji in the state during freedom movement.
  • Places of Worship : Uttarakhand is known as Devbhoomi, hence this section ponder upon Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Laxman Jhoola, Har-Ki-Pauri, Kailash-Mansarovar-Yatra, World Peace Stup and, Ashoka Rock Edict.
  • Himalayan Ecology : Being the world’s highest mountain chain, the Himalayas is characterised by a complex geological structure, snow-capped peaks, large valley glaciers, deep river gorges and diverse flora & fauna. This section touch upon these aspects.
  • Institutions : This section covers some of the finest institutions like IMA, FRI, Survey of India,Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, DRDO labs, IIT Roorkee, ONGC, President Body Guard, RIMC, Doon School, ARIES observatory etc., which are situated in the state.
  • Colour of Spring : State flower show is described in this section.
  • National Parks : Here we will explore the Corbett national park and Rajaji national park.
  • Environment Protection : This will list those philatelic materials which were issued to spread awareness about environmental conservation.
  • Raj Bhawan, Nainital.
  • Kumaon Regiment & Gurkha Rifles.
  • World Galores : Those things which were first in the world like world first Braille booklet etc. will be elucidated in this section.
  • Adventure Sports
  • Miscellaneous (Philatelic Exhibitions, Permanent Pictorial Cancellations, Stamp Booklet, Media Post Cancellation, Postman Packs etc.)