Postal Stamp Image : INDIAN MOUNT EVEEST EXPEDITION 0503 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 15/08/1965
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.15
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0503
Stamp Information : INDIAN MT. EVEREST EXPEDITION-1965 As a tribute to the glorious success of the Indian Expedition to Mount Everest the Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department will bring out a special commemorative stamp on the 15th August 1965- the 18th anniversary of India's independence. Nine men reached the 29,028 ft. high summit of the Everest in four successive attempts made within ten days in May this year. This is the success story of the third Indian Mt. Everest Expedition, doing credit to all its nineteen members and bringing glory to India. "To Lt. Cdr. M.S. Kohli, the leader, and to everyone of his members and high altitude Sherpas, to humble Nepalese porters, and to all those in the ordnance factories and other establishments in India who helped to equip the Expedition is due to credit for success and our pride in it", commented a national daily. It added," And to-day, because of that success, India takes an honoured place in the exclusive club of international mountaineering and we all are a little taller." By this accomplishment, a new page in the epic of the Everest has been inscribed, a page worthy of the people for whom the Himalayas have always had a deep significance, whose, history and way of life have for the countries been influenced by the Adobe of Eternal Snow. Since 1852, when peak XV, later to be named the Everest, was found to be highest not only in the Himalayan range, but also in the whole world, this tallest pinnacles on Earth has presented a supreme challenge to man. To date, there have been as many as fifteen full-fledged expeditions to Mount Everest both from the Tibet and the Nepal side, and four reconnaissances and three solo attempts. A New Zealander, Sir Edmund Hillary, and an Indian, Tenzing Norgay, as members of the 1953 British Expedition, led by Sir John Hunt, were the first ever to reach the summit of the Everest on May 29 that year. Of the fifteen expeditions, India mounted three. The 1960 Indian Expedition, under Brig. Gyan Singh, was compelled to withdraw when only 700 ft. from the goal owing to bad weather. The second Indian attempt in 1962, under the late Major John Dais, met the same fate when just 400 ft. below the summit. The third Indian Expedition's initial attempt, towards the end of April this year, was also thwarted by high velocity of winds and blizzards and it had to return to the base camp and wait for over two weeks for better weather. Towards the end of May, however, the efforts of the expedition were crowned with remarkable success when Mount Everest was scaled in four successive attempts. On May 20, 1965 the expedition became the first All-Indian team to reach the summit when two of its members, Capt. A.S.Cheema and Nawang Gombu climbed the peak. This was the second time that Nawang Gombu had climbed the Everest- a record worthy to be proud of. Two days later, on May 22, Sonam Gyasto and Sonam Wengyal reached the summit becoming respectively the oldest (42) and the youngest (23) climbers to stand on top of the Everest. Again, on May 24, C. P. Vohra and Ang Kami reached the top. On May 29, 12 years to the day from the first ascent of Everest, the fourth and last summit party with Capt. H.P.S. Ahulwalia, H.C.S. Rawat and Phu Deorji made the summit. This...
Philatelic Stamp Description : The facsimile on the stamp is from a colour transparency taken by one of the summit parties. The picture was taken at 10.30 a.m. when a high speed westerly wind of over 75 km per hour made the Tri-colour flutter against the deep blue sky.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91x2.90
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.63x2.62 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure.
Number of stamps printed : 2 million
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Red Purple
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