Since its inception in the 17th century, Indian postal system has travelled a long way. Across the country, India has a total of 1,55,618 post offices with over 5,66,000 employees working towards its flawless operations. Over and above this, India’s postal system also has a much more unique record associated with it.
India has the world’s highest post office in the world, situated in its mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh. This post office was established on 5th November 1983 in the small village of Hikkim in the Lahual Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The Hikkim post office’s pin code is 172114 and is situated at a height of about 15,500 feet above the sea level. The Hikkim post office deals with about 15-20 letters daily, owing to its location.
The farmers of the region are extended with the benefit of the savings account service provided by the Hikkim post office, while monks receive their postcards and passports through it. The post letters from Hikkim post office is carried by road to the adjacent Kaza post office which is 16 kms away. They are then sent to Shimla / Manali by means of bus before reaching the capital city, Delhi, for their final distribution throughout the country.
Hikkim is a small but elegant and cool village rich which fossils, as the region were a part of the Indian Ocean before the formation of Himalayan folds. It is located between Komik and Langza villages, and is usually confused as a part of Langza. To reach Hikkim, the public transport HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) offers bus services twice a week that run on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Kaza town. A journey of approximately 70-90 minutes from Kaza by HRTC bus would take you to the region where the world’s highest post office is located.