Philippines - Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

"Forming a north-south running mountain ridge along the Pujada Peninsula in the southeastern part of the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary has an elevation range of 75-1,637 m above sea level, and provides critical habitat for a range of plant and animal species. The property showcases terrestrial and aquatic habitats at different elevations, and includes threatened and endemic flora and fauna species, eight of which are found only at Mount Hamiguitan. These include critically endangered trees, plants and the iconic Philippine Eagle and Philippine Cockatoo."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Postcard 1
Mt Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary - thanks to Cedrik of Philippines. Miss Philippines - Miss Universe 2015 stamp used.





Postcard 2
Same postcard of Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary - thanks to Jan of Pahlawan, Philippines.

Thailand - Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns

"Sukhothai was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. It has a number of fine monuments, illustrating the beginnings of Thai architecture. The great civilization which evolved in the Kingdom of Sukhothai absorbed numerous influences and ancient local traditions; the rapid assimilation of all these elements forged what is known as the 'Sukhothai style'....Three old towns were the principal centres of the kingdom of Ramkhamhaeng: Sukhothai (the capital), Si Satchanlai (second royal residence), and Kampheng Pet...." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Kamphaeng Phet
Wat Phra Kaeo of Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand. I have been looking for a postcard of Kamphaeng Phet for a long time. Special thanks to Karaket of Thailand.





Postcard 2 - Map location of old capital of Sukhothai




Postcard 3 - Sukhothai Historical Park (574-001, 1991)





Postcard 4 - Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai




Postcard 5 - Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai





Postcard 6 - Wat Si Sawai, Sukhothai




Postcard 7 - Wat Chedi Jet Thaew, Si Satchanalai Historical Park (574-002, 1991)

France - Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy

"Nancy, the temporary residence of a king without a kingdom – Stanislas Leszczynski, later to become Duke of Lorraine – is paradoxically the oldest and most typical example of a modern capital where an enlightened monarch proved to be sensitive to the needs of the public. Built between 1752 and 1756 by a brilliant team led by the architect Héré, this was a carefully conceived project that succeeded in creating a capital that not only enhanced the sovereign's prestige but was also functional." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Stanislas
Fireworks at Stanislas, Nancy. Thanks Gilles of France.




Postcard 2 - Place de la Carriere
Thanks to Guillaume of Nancy, France.





Postcard 3 - Place Stanislas, Nancy






India - Hill Forts of Rajasthan

"These are the six forts:
- Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Kumbhalgarh Fort
- Chittorgarh Fort 
- Gagron Fort, Jhalawar (missing postcard)
- Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur (missing postcard)


"The serial site, situated in the state of Rajastahan, includes six majestic forts in Chittorgarh; Kumbhalgarh; Sawai Madhopur; Jhalawar; Jaipur, and Jaisalmer. The ecclectic architecture of the forts, some up to 20 kilometres in circumference, bears testimony to the power of the Rajput princely states that flourished in the region from the 8th to the 18th centuries. Enclosed within defensive walls are major urban centres, palaces, trading centres and other buildings including temples that often predate the fortifications within which developed an elaborate courtly culture that supported learning, music and the arts. Some of the urban centres enclosed in the fortifications have survived, as have many of the site's temples and other sacred buildings. The forts use the natural defenses offered by the landscape: hills, deserts, rivers, and dense forests. They also feature extensive water harvesting structures, largely still in use today."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Postcard 1A - Amber Fort
Decorated elephants at Elephant Stand at Amber Fort. Thanks to DHRUV of India.





Postcard 1B - Amber Fort
Elephant at Amber Fort, Rajasthan, India. Thanks to Nagi of India




Postcard 2 - Chittorgarh Fort 
Chittorgarh Fort is one of the six majestic forts in Rajasthan. Thanks to Sita of India.




Postcard 3 - Jaisalmer Fort
City and Fort of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Thanks to Grete of United Kingdom.





Postcard 4A - Kumbhalgarl Fort
An amazing fort but a long climb to the top - a big complex with 100 plus temples. Thanks to Donna of USA who visited this fort.



Postcard 4B - Kumbhalgarh
Fort Panaromic postcard of Kumbhalgarh Fort with immense walls, Rajastan, India. Thanks to Grete of UK who visited here.






Postcard 4C - Within Kumbhalgarh Fort
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple (top left), Vedi Temple (top right), Badal Mahal (bottom left), Ram Pol fort entrance gate (bottom right). Thanks to Grete of UK.




Italy - Costiera Amalfitana

"The Amalfi coast is an area of great physical beauty and natural diversity. It has been intensively settled by human communities since the early Middle Ages. There are a number of towns such as Amalfi and Ravello with architectural and artistic works of great significance. The rural areas show the versatility of the inhabitants in adapting their use of the land to the diverse nature of the terrain, which ranges from terraced vineyards and orchards on the lower slopes to wide upland pastures." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Almafi. Thanks to Melaine for mailing from Italy.




Postcard 2
Ravello is a small village of 2500 inhabitants in the Amalfi Coast and a popular tourist destination. Thanks to Luke of Italy.





Postcard 3
A UNESCO card of Costiera Amalfitana sent by Ruth from Napoli, Italy.


El Salvador - Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

"Joya de Cerén was a pre-Hispanic farming community that, like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, was buried under an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano c. AD 600. Because of the exceptional condition of the remains, they provide an insight into the daily lives of the Central American populations who worked the land at that time." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Ruins of Joya de Ceren, 39km west of San Salvador is a UNESCO World Heritage. Thanks to William of San Salvador, El Salvador.




Postcard 2
Vasija decorada - a beautiful find at Joya de Ceren. Thanks to Xiomara of El Salvador.






Postcard 3
Multi-views of the archaelogical site of Joya de Ceren. Thanks to David of USA.

Zimbabwe - Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas

"On the banks of the Zambezi, great cliffs overhang the river and the floodplains. The area is home to a remarkable concentration of wild animals, including elephants, buffalo, leopards and cheetahs. An important concentration of Nile crocodiles is also be found in the area." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Elephant at Mana Pools. Thanks to Virva of Zimbabwe.





Postcard 2
The Zambezi River, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Thanks to Ivan of Czech Republic.

Sri Lanka - Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

"Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Giant Buddha statues of Gal Viharaya, Polonnaruwa. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.





Postcard 2
Atadage, the first Tooth Relic Shrine, Polonnaruwa. Thanks to Ravindra of Sri Lanka.





Postcard 3
Ruins of Parakramabahu seven storey palace of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. Thanks to Ravindra of Sri Lanka.






Postcard 4
Postmark of 12-12-12 from Sri Lanka. Watadage of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. Thanks to Ravindra of Sri Lanka.





Postcard 5 
Upright and reclining Buddha, Gal Vihara of Polonnaruva, Sri Lanka. Nice London Summer Olympics stamp used. Thanks to Ravindra of Sri Lanka.





Postcard 6 
Polonnaruwa, Sri Landa. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Ravindra of Sri Lanka.







Postcard 7 
Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka and the capital city of King Vijayabahu. Thanks to Zeeli of Sri Lanka.