|Shimla General Post Office. A Wandering Mind|
|old Shimla town. www.alamy.com|
One A. K. Hazari took the credit of being the first Indian Post Master after India's independence in August 1947. The GPO is located in a prime area - the Mall Road in the center of the city that can be easily accessed from any place.
This impressive historical three storeyed building, a good example of English Hill architecture with hollow bricks and stone, is a wooden building with tin-roof. Mostly, high quality wood was used to withstand the severe cold and snow conditions in the Winter. Built in a peculiar style, blending Gothic, Alphine and Tudor elements, it was an important land mark in the hill station, frequented by the people. In a major fire accident on 21 Sept. 1972, the first floor of the building was severely damaged and important records were lost. Subsequently, the state government with adequate funds got into action and restored the early colonial public building back to its old grandeur. The building is painted in red and while and the earlier color green and white livery was not used. The conservationist were not amused about the color combination.
|Another Post Office in Shimla anushankarn.blogspot.in|
A little down the road, there is small post office which, it is said, is yet another colonial building, a simple one. It used to be a stable for the horses when they were widely used to transport mails from the plains to Shimla and other hilly places. With the introduction of mountain railroad from Kalka to Shimla
|Post Office in Shimla. anushankarn.blogspot.in|
In 1992, the Central government released a set of six heritage postal buildings and Shimla GPO was one among them and a commemorative postal stamp in Rs.5 denomination
|GPOShimla, HP. www.shimlaonline.in|
|Shimla. GPO, GPO. Rainbow Stamp Club|