Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh

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Hikkim
village
Hikkim village and water reservoir used for irrigation
Hikkim village and water reservoir used for irrigation
Hikkim is located in Himachal Pradesh
Hikkim
Hikkim
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Hikkim is located in India
Hikkim
Hikkim
Hikkim (India)
Coordinates: 32°14′N 78°05′E / 32.233°N 78.083°E / 32.233; 78.083Coordinates: 32°14′N 78°05′E / 32.233°N 78.083°E / 32.233; 78.083
Country  India
State Himachal Pradesh
District Lahaul and Spiti
Elevation 4,400 m (14,400 ft)
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration HP-
Climate Dfc

Hikkim is a village in Lahaul and Spiti district in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh at an elevation of 4,400 m (14,400 ft). It is 46 km (29 mi) from Kaza, the nearest town connected by road. It is one of the highest year-round inhabited locations in India, with residences from 4330 to 4400 m. Tangyud Monastery in adjacent Komic village 2 km to the southeast has residences up to 4520 m, and Korzok Monastery in adjacent Korzok village on Tso Moriri has year-round residences up to 4570 m.[1] Most of the population is Buddhist. People use stones and wood extensively to build houses and structures.

Access[edit]

Hikkim village is situated at a very high elevation (4,400 m (14,400 ft)) in the Himalayas. The village and the region itself remain cut off from other parts of the Himachal Pradesh state for half the year due to heavy snowfall over the mountain passes. An arduous track connects the village to Spiti Valley's Kaza town, 46 km (29 mi) away, the nearest town with access to asphalted road.

Highest post office in the world[edit]

Hikkim village has a post office situated at an elevation of 4,400 m (14,400 ft) and this post office is the highest post office in the world.[2] The post office connects small villages in this isolated region to the rest of the world. It receives and sends postal letters. It also acts as a savings bank where villagers can deposit money in their savings accounts or withdraw money. Intrepid travellers make it this far to Hikkim village to take pride in mailing their letters from the highest post office on Earth. The Postal Index Number or PIN of the village is 172114.[3]

Rinchen Chhering has been the postmaster since its inception in 1983.[4]. The mail is carried on foot to Kaza. The post office is forced to shut during winter months due to heavy snowfall.

Highest polling station in the world[edit]

Hikkim village is also the world's highest polling station.[5] It is recorded in the Limca Book of Records also.[6][7]

The village appeared in the Wanderlust photo of the year for the year 2009.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monasteries". Lahaul & Spiti district, Himachal pradesh government. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180606-the-worlds-highest-post-office
  3. ^ "The world's highest post office!". Rediff News. India. 20 September 2007. 
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180606-the-worlds-highest-post-office
  5. ^ "Now that's a political summit: World's highest polling centre 15,500ft up the Himalayas prepares for voting". Daily Mail. U.K. 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Highest polling station". Limca book of records. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "World's highest polling centre' in India readies for vote". BBC News. India. 2 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hikkim village". Wanderlust magazine. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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