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Stamp Issue: Himalayan Ecology 1996


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This postcard depicts a series of 4 postage stamps from India (emission in 1996), with flora and fauna from the Himalayan region as "Himalayan Ecology".
The 4 stamps show respectively:
1. The Saussurea (Saussurea sympsoniana), also called saw-wort or snow lotus, blooms in a alpine habitat in Himalaya mountains.
2. The Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) is a small, short-tailed pheasant which is widespread in Southasia.
3. The Markhor (Capra falconeri) is a large species of wild goat which is found in great parts of Asia, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other areas. This species is classified as endangered by the IUCN.  The Markhor is the national animal of Pakistan.
4. Meconopsis horridula is one of the Blue Poppies, mostly from the Himalayan region, is a member of the Papaveraceae family. In general, it is only 18 inch in height.

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The small stamp on the left shows Dr. Ambedkar. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), also known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, thinker, anthropologist, historian, orator, prolific writer, economist, scholar, editor, a revolutionary and one of the founding fathers of independent India. He was also the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution.

The two stamps on the right are part of a series of 4 stamps, issued at the occasion of the World Philatelic Exhibition (referred to as INDIPEX-2011), which was held in New Delhi from 12 to 18 February 2011.
These 2 stamps depict letters and journal articles related to 100 years of Air Mail (1911-2011).


 

Karnataka: Hoysala Sculptures


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Hoysala architecture is the building style developed under the rule of the Hoysala Empire between the 11th and 14th centuries, in the region known today as Karnataka, a state of India.
As popular tourist destinations in Karnataka, Hoysala temples offer an opportunity for pilgrims and students of architecture to examine medieval Hindu architecture in the Karnata Dravida tradition.
This postcard shows a detail of one of the temples, most probably the Supreme God Shiva and his wife goddess Parvathi.

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To pay tribute to all the efforts made during the fourth “International Polar Year” 2007-2009 and to deliver a strong message aimed at the whole world, the postal administrations of around 40 countries have decided to jointly produce a common stamp issue concerning the problem of the Global Warming and featuring the slogan “Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers”.
On December 19, 2009, India released above two stamps, with (left) an image from the South Pole (penguins) and (right) an image from the North Pole (polar bear).

The small stamp in between shows Dr. Ambedkar. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), also known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, thinker, anthropologist, historian, orator, prolific writer, economist, scholar, editor, a revolutionary and one of the founding fathers of independent India. He was also the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution.


 

Qutub Minar in Delhi


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Qutub Minar, also Qutb Minar and Qutab Minar, is the tallest minaret in India and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in Delhi, the Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and marble.
The Qutub Minar has 379 stairs. It is 72.5 metres (237.8 ft) high and has a base diameter of 14.3 metres, which narrows to 2.7 metres at the last storey.
Construction began in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and was completed by Iltutmish.
It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as the Qutub complex.