Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tea Crop in Munnar, India (postmarked on 12/12/12)

The sender writes that this is Munnar, Kerala, India

The postcard arrived completely folded in half  and then more creases on top of that.  I tried to fix it up a bit to make it look a little more presentable.

postmarked with two India stamps on December 12, 2012 with a special 'Once in a Millenium 12-12-12' postmark from Mumbai and signed by eight members of a postcrossing meet-up that took place on 12/12/12!!  (There is a link to Postcrossing on the right hand side of this blog)

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Munnar is a high elevation town on the Western Ghats, a range of mountains situated in the Indian state of Kerala.
The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers", referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.

Munnar is surrounded by the country's highest tea gardens. Layers and layers of tea estates, mountain mist, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries make Munnar almost surrealistically beautiful.

Munnar is also famous for the wild orchids locally called Neelakurinchi which blooms once in 12 years. During this time the entire valley turns violet.
India stamp 2009
Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista Gangetica) 5.00

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The South Asian river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) is a freshwater or river dolphin found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. 

The Ganges river dolphin has been recognized by the government of India as its National Aquatic Animal.

India Stamp 2000
C. V. Raman 5.00

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Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS (7 November 1888 – 21 November 1970) was an Indian physicist whose work was influential in the growth of science in the world. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930 for the discovery that when light traverses a transparent material, some of the light that is deflected changes in wavelength. This phenomenon is now called Raman scattering and is the result of the Raman effect.


ONeal said...

Too bad about how beat up the card was, but how cool to get the 12-12-12 postmark AND have it come from a Postcrossing meet up.

9teen87 said...

I would rather have this card beat up, than not at all :D Most cards that I have in really bad condition, I donate to a local school for the kids to use in class. This one though is a keeper.

ONeal said...

That's great about donating them to the school.