News – Srinagar – Launch of Floating Post Office Cum Museum

Tourists to Jammu and Kashmir now have another attraction — a floating post office on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, the first in the country. Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah inaugurated the floating post office Monday 22nd August, 2011.

‘This innovation by India Post will be a boon for the tourists visiting the lake,’ Pilot said in a statement.

According to John Samuel, CPMG J & K, ‘This is the first such post office in India. It has been made as a tourist focus post office on a huge house boat and will provide a unique and tourist-friendly service to the people of Kashmir and to tourists from across the world. Also the special feature of this post office is that letters posted from here will carry a special design which will have the picturesque sceneries of Dal Lake and Srinagar city. ‘These pictures will reach wherever these letters will be posted and will promote Kashmir as a tourist destination across the world,’ he said. Pilot also launched two special postal covers on the Dal Lake. ‘It is a befitting tribute to the lake, which is one of the most famous and often quoted symbols of Kashmir, and often referred to as the crown of Kashmir,’ he said. Pilot later launched a special mail van service from Srinagar to Shopian district. The postal department currently has 1,693 post offices in Jammu and Kashmir.

Source:- State Observer,,

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