Pre-independence Indian stamps showing
places of tourist interest

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India is famous for places of tourists' interest. Its many temples, mosques, palaces, forts, and other historical monuments have always attracted tourists. That is why many Indian postage stamps depict these tourist attractions. The 1935 King George V Silver Jubilee Commemoration set shows seven different tourist attractions of India. Even today these places attract a lot of tourists. Below are the images of these seven stamps. Click on the stamp image to see a larger picture of the attraction and to learn more about it.

King George V Silver Jubilee Gateway of India stamp
Gateway of India, Bombay
King George V Silver Jubilee Victoria Memorial stamp
Victoria Memorial, Calcutta
King George V Silver Jubilee Rameswaram Temple stamp
Rameswaram Temple, Madras
King George V Silver Jubilee Jain Temple stamp
Jain Temple, Calcutta
King George V Silver Jubilee Taj Mahal stamp
Taj Mahal, Agra
King George V Silver Jubilee Golden Temple stamp
Golden Temple, Amritsar
King George V Silver Jubilee Pagoda of Mandalay stamp
Pagoda of Mandalay

Hints for tourists:

  1. Bombay (in Western India) is now known as Mumbai. It is the capital of Maharashtra.
  2. Calcutta (in Eastern India) is now known as Kolkata. It is the capital of West Bengal.
  3. Madras state (in Southern India) is now known as Tamil Nadu. Madras city (the capital of Tamil Nadu) is now known as Chennai. Rameswaram Temple is in Tamil Nadu state, not in the city of Chennai.
  4. Agra in Uttar Pradesh and Amritsar in Punjab are both in Northern India within a 200 kilometers radius of Delhi.
  5. Mandalay is in Burma which was then a part of India. Burma (now known as Myanmar) is an independent country today.
A brief description of each of the tourist attractions shown on the above stamps (except Rameswaram Temple and Pagoda of Mandalay) can be found in the sections dealing with the respective regions in which the city or state falls (i.e., Northern, Western, Southern, and Eastern India).

Go visit India. You'll be glad you did.

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