Early post-independence commemorative Indian stamps
showing places of tourist interest

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Exactly two years after independence, on August 15, 1949, India issued a set of stamps showing places / objects of tourists' interest. These included historical monuments, temples, stupas, forts, ancient sculptures, rock carvings etc. (Some of these places were later declared by UNESCO as National Heritage Sites). Many of these stamps were commemorative stamps, while others were definitive stamps. On this page some of the commemorative stamps are shown. Click on the stamp image to see a larger picture of the attraction and to learn more about it.

Victory Tower, Chittorgarh
Victory Tower,
Chittorgarh,
Rajasthan
Sanchi Stupa East Gate
Sanchi Stupa
East Gate,
Sanchi, (M.P.)
Red Fort, Delhi
Red Fort, Delhi
Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal, Agra (U.P.)
Bodh Gaya Temple
Bodh Gaya
Temple,
Bihar
Bhuvanesvara Temple
Bhuvanesvara
Temple,
Orissa
Gol Gumbad, Bijapur
Gol Gumbad, Bijapur
Karnataka
Kandarya Mahadeva Temple
Kandarya Mahadeva Temple,
Khajuraho (M.P.)

Hints for tourists:

M.P.=Madhya Pradesh (Name of the State)
U.P.=Uttar Pradesh (Name of the State)

Spelling confusion:
Some of the Indian names/words have been transliterated into English in various ways and different spellings are in circulation. For example, Bhubaneswar can be spelt as Bhubaneswara, Bhubanesvar, Bhubanesvara, Bhuvanesvar, and Bhuvanesvara. Similarly, Taj Mahal and Tajmahal are both in circulation. Gol Gumbad, Gol Gumbaj and Gol Gumbaz are all different spellings of the same thing. Kandarya Mahadeva Temple and Kandariya Mahadeva Temple are both in use. Bodh Gaya and Bodhgaya are names of the same place. In this site I have tried to use the spellings as seen on the stamps themselves. Exceptions may have happened. I thought I should clarify this matter before I receive more e-mails. Somebody already e-mailed me saying "Bhuvanesvara" should be replaced with "Bhubaneswar". I admit the latter is the more commonly used spelling. But I wrote "Bhuvanesvara" because that is the way it is written on the stamp. (And I think that is the correct transliteration of the Sanskrit word).

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