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A Floating post-office at Srinagar's famous Dal Lake

A Floating post-office at Srinagar's famous Dal Lake




We have all heard of floating gardens  islands and house boats  but kashmir's dal lake has one of its  kind floating post office  here's a report by beyonce kashmir  correspondent idris lone  this two centuries old floating post  office has  its root in the british roche but still  continues to send and deliver letters  this postman offers postal services to  the people living around the lake  this is a 200 year old post office from  even before the mara just time  to british era it was finally called the  floating post office  there is no change in the number of  posts sent across  when there is tourist flow we don't even  have time to talk  thousands of people come to take  pictures in this post office  they can buy special covers postcards  and stamps from here  the postman hires a shikara and delivers  the letters to houseboats  this has been going on for years and  still continues  mode ismail has worked as a postman for  years with the india post  delivering letters every day  wading around the lake takes time he  says but it's the charm of the work  that he likes the most  i have been delivering letters in the  lake for 10 years  it's so good for my health to breathe  fresh air on the lake  i deliver around 100 250 letters a day  there is also a crpf camp inside the  lake they receive a lot of letters and i  deliver them  it takes me hours to deliver these  letters i start at 11  and finish at 5 30 pm  the lakes locals admit that in the age  of social media  writing letters is a dying art  but some remain adamant still saying  that there's nothing quite like  receiving  a handwritten letter  this post office has been there for a  long time it is so easy  for houseboat owners to receive and send  letters people have shifted to email and  social networks for now  and the art of letter writing has gone  down the feeling of receiving or sending  a letter was a great feeling  to open a letter and read it was  beautiful i miss all that  downtown the floating post office  has quite the collection of old stamps  and houses a small museum  which suffered damage in the 2014 floods  this floating post office in srinagar's  dal lake does not only deliver letters  and couriers to the people  living on the lake but also is one of  the major  tourist attractions as this is the only  floating post office  in the whole world with video journalist  feroz  idris loan for.

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