In this century filled with technology from 2G to 4G, Wi-Fi in every corner, but how will it feel to still go back and experience at one of the remote town and send postcards from the Highest post office On Earth.
Looking back few years down the line I never ever imagine that I would experience to be at the highest post office in the world. Yet here I was at 4400 mts (14567 ft) above the sea level. Literally at the half of the height of Mt. Everest (tallest mountain on Earth). It is in the town called Hikkim, District of Lahul & Spiti and State of Himachal Pradesh In India.
Understanding some facts might really give you more insights why this experience was very special. According to the latest census Hikkim total population is just 52. It is connect by 46 km road to the nearest town Kaza. As only few people live here, to me it sounds more like a small town but big family.
On the particular day when we began our move towards Hikkim; Our day started from Kaza which is about 20kms (the other side of the town) from the hotel where we stayed the previous night. A small guesthouse with all the basic necessities, which was comfortable. First thing first we fuel up from the only gas station in the district that is known to be the highest gas station in the world at the height of 3740 mtrs above sea level. As we were journeying to the desired destination it wasn’t just a basic ride but it was absolutely one of its kind. Though it is in one of the remote area the roads were much better than expected. There is no mobile network but the signboards made it much easier. It made a smooth ride experience to an unknown route over GPS.
Crossing the mountains overlooking the stunning view of the river, super blue sky with extremely shining sun all the way. Nothing less than a dream came true and I felt like I fulfilled the famous idioms “on cloud nine”.
As we reach the highway, we had to walk down to the post office on a kaccha (raw) road, we saw the houses made with stones and mud covered with a special layer of grass roots, I bet it’s their traditional and unique way to protect them from extreme weather as half of the year the town is to remain closed due to extreme weather condition which dropped to -30 degree Celsius.
The post office was establised on November 5, 1983. The postal index of the village is 172114. It has a total staff of 3 people, one postmaster and two postmen. The postmaster, Rinchen Chhering, has been the postmaster for as long as the post office been. He was only 22 years old when he took the job in 1983. The mail is carried on foot to Kaza. Yet the post office is forced to shut during winter months due to heavy snowfall. There is no bank around town but an interesting fact the post office also gives a savings account option to the villagers.
There is a small café just outside the post office so I brought some post cards and sat down to write some personal message and send to my families and friends. In the mean time we had an amazing local organic flower drink and warm parantha (Indian bread made with flour and oil) prepared by an aunty.
Their nature of hospitality is very warm and sweet. The children out there are charming, kind and loving. It sounds like they have good experience with tourist. At first they were a bit shy but after later they began to talk to us. They did know how to have fun even in a small way with the visitors like us.
To be in such places everyone might not enjoy the luxury of utilities but more than that you will enjoy the most luxurious nature of life style. To breath clean air and make your lungs happier. Eat organic food at its best. It would be a time to heal your body, mind and soul. Fun fact it won’t cost a fortune to travel at such place all you need is to give sometime to yourself. The journey might be little longer but I am sure you wont regret. It is not only good for oneself but also a great way for the locals to generate income.
It was truly a privilege for me to experience such an extraordinary journey. I am so overwhelm and I definitely adore everything about it.
P.S I forgot to send a postcard to myself if anyone is going, do let me know and send me a postcard. Thank you ❤