Early post-independence definitive 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 definitive stamps are shown. Click on the stamp image to see a larger picture of the attraction and/or to learn more about it.

Ajanta panel elephant
Ajanta Panel,
Ajanta Caves,
Maharashtra
Horse at Konarak temple
Konarak Temple Horse,
Konarak Temple,
Orissa
Trimurti, Elephanta Caves
Trimurti,
Elephanta Caves,
Maharashtra
Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva.
Click on stamp
to read definition.
Lions atop Ashokan pillar, India's national emblem.
Lions atop Ashokan Pillar,
Sarnath (near Varanasi),
Uttar Pradesh
Nataraja
Nataraja.
The dancing form
of Lord Shiva.

The Bodhisattva stamp shown above is a re-drawing of the original Bodhisattva stamp issued in 1949, which was a mirror image of this one. This corrected version of the Bodhisattva stamp was issued in 1950.

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