Saturday, 25 March 2017

Darjeeling Head Post Office - a heritage site

Darjeeling is a small town and a famous hill station  in the NE Indian state of West Bengal.  Located in the Lesser Himalayas at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m), Darjeeling tea is internationally famous  and several well-known tea companies have  vast tea estates here. If there is one place where you can have a breath-taking view of  Mt. Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, it is none other than  Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a tourist attraction. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. 

During the colonial time much of the tea estates were controlled by the Europeans  who had connection with their families and friends within India and Overseas. So, the British introduced the postal services in Darjeeling to help the people connect with others on the hills and in the plains. Darjeeling head post office is located in the middle of the Darjeeling Town  and it is closer to the Darjeeling Railway Station;  at a walkable distance of about 0.5 km.

The Post office is one of the heritage buildings  of this region.
It was in the year 1921 on 2nd May this post office building was inaugurated to cater to the local community living here. It is a UNESCO  heritage site  and is worth visiting.

Darjeeling head post office (HPO). trip advisor 

Post office at Hotel Palace building, Darjeeling TripAdvisor

Municipal bldg. Post office on Laden La Road. darjeelingonline.in
The post office is located in the Municipal building on the Laden La Road, Darjeeling. The Municipality was established in 1850. This municipal building is also a heritage structure and yet another heritage building - HPO is nearby on the same road.