May 22, 2017

3061 INDIA (Himachal Pradesh) - Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (UNESCO WHS)

3061 Sar Pass Top as seen from Sar Pass

Great Himalayan National Park lies within the ecologically distinct Western Himalayas at the junction between two of the world’s major biogeographic realms, the Palearctic and Indomalayan Realms. It displays distinct broadleaf and conifer forest types forming mosaics of habitat across steep valley side landscapes, a compact, natural and biodiverse protected area system that includes 25 forest types and an associated rich assemblage of fauna species.

The high altitude ecosystem of the Northwest Himalaya has common plant elements with the adjacent Western and Central Asiatic region. As a result of its 4,100 m elevation range the park has a diversity of zones with their representative flora and fauna, such as alpine, glacial, temperate, and sub tropical forests. The GHNP also supports a great diversity of plant life thanks to its wide altitude range and relatively undisturbed habitats, and is home to many plants and animals endemic to the region.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Surya Namaskar, about which I wrote here.

The second stamp, designed by Alka Sharma, was issued on February 11, 2017 to honor the Poona Horse. The Poona Horse is an armoured regiment in the Armoured Corps of the Indian Army. Its battle honours tell of service in three Afghan Wars, in Persia, Abyssinia and China, as well as in the Great War. The regiment has fought with distinction in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistani Wars with an officer winning India's highest gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra, in each war.

The last stamp, depicting B R Ambedkar, is part of the definitive series Builders of Modern India, about which I wrote here.

Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area - UNESCO official website
Great Himalayan National Park - Wikipedia
Great Himalayan National Park - Official website

Sender: Akhil Kumar (direct swap)
Sent from Sevaganapalli (Tamil Nadu / India), on 04.05.2017
Photo: J. M. Garg

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