Changu Lake stamp and Sikkim Philately Very little is known about the postal history of Sikkim. Though post offices in Sikkim started in 1888 in Dulapchin (now Dalapchand), near Rongli and meager information has been established so far. The following article is in no reference to the postal history of Sikkim but tries to recapture the honour received by Sikkim when Indian Postage issued a postal stamp on Changu Lake. Sikkim Philatelic Club wants to express gratitude towards the Indian Postal Department for their generous effort on honouring a place for Changu Lake in world philately. This article recollects the account of Philately in Sikkim over the years.For a stamp sized state of Sikkim, 6th November 2006 hold a moment of glory and recognisation in terms of world philately. Indian Postage has featured a postal stamp on Changu Lake in a group of five lakes from different part of India. The Changu Lake stamp with Rs 5 denomination features among the five Himalayan Lakes of India tha…
It was an innovative idea of popularising Postal Department of North Bengal and Sikkim by Mr. John Samuel, the then Chief PMG. Though this Sikkim Helicopter Post did not last long but it can be credited as an pioneering effort at the small state of Sikkim. The launch of the Sikkim Helicopter Post was carried at Helipad, near High Court, Gangtok.
The Press Release then said :
"SIKKIM HELICOPTER POST" India Post in association with Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation launched a facility to post letters on board the daily Helicopter flight connecting the nearest Airport in North Bengal, Bagdogra to Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok, on December 2, 2003.
The mail posted on board receives a special hand-stamped cachet. This privilege costs Rs50 per piece. The flight lasting 20 minutes, gives a view of the third highest mountain Kanchenjonga, Rumtek Monastery, and Gangtok Ridge and costs – Rs 600.
The mail posted on board on December 2, 2003 received an additional launch cachet.