India - Mountain Railways of India

"This site includes three railways. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first, and is still the most outstanding, example of a hill passenger railway. Opened in 1881, its design applies bold and ingenious engineering solutions to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty. The construction of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a 46-km long metre-gauge single-track railway in Tamil Nadu State was first proposed in 1854, but due to the difficulty of the mountainous location the work only started in 1891 and was completed in 1908. This railway, scaling an elevation of 326 m to 2,203 m, represented the latest technology of the time. The Kalka Shimla Railway, a 96-km long, single track working rail link built in the mid-19th century to provide a service to the highland town of Shimla is emblematic of the technical and material efforts to disenclave mountain populations through the railway. All three railways are still fully operational."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Postcard 1A - Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - DHR, was bulit between 1880-86. Thanks to Siddhart of India.





Postcard 1B - Darjeeling Mountain Railway
Darjeeling Mountain Railway mailed supposedly by sea on Nov 27, 2019 but arrived in Penang island on December 16, 2019 - perhaps by airmail. Thanks to Biju of Kerala, India.



Postcard 2 - Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Nilgiri Mountain Railway of India at Ooty. Thanks to Claus.




Postcard 3 - Kalka Shimla Railway
Kalka Shimla Railway. Thanks to Bhat of India.






Postcard 1C - Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Received May 3, 2024. Thanks to Deepak of India.

India - Group of Monuments at Hampi

"The austere, grandiose site of Hampi was the last capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. Its fabulously rich princes built Dravidian temples and palaces which won the admiration of travellers between the 14th and 16th centuries. Conquered by the Deccan Muslim confederacy in 1565, the city was pillaged over a period of six months before being abandoned." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Hampi Temple full view with Hemakuta. Nice stamps of Biodiversity Year used. Postmarked July 3, 2010 and arrived in Penang on July 19, 2010. Thanks to Malena of Sweden who was visiting Hampi, India.






Postcard 2
Tungabhadra River and Purandara Mantap at Hampi of Karnataka. Thanks to Michael of Germany.






Postcard 3
Hampi. Thanks to Deepak of India.

Vietnam - Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago

Extension Update: "Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. The extension of the property comprises a multitude of limestone islands and towering limestone pillars rising from the sea, with eroded notches, arches and caves creating a picturesque and beautiful landscape. Seven key ecosystem types are found here and the area is home to threatened endemic species such as the Cat Ba Langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus), the Cat Ba Tiger Gecko (Goniurosaurus Catbaensis), and the Asian Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea)."

"Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Bai Tu Long Bay of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Thanks to Mu of Vietnam.






Postcard 2
Great view of Ha Long Bay. Thanks to YL who was visiting Vietnam.




Postcard 3
Beautiful postcard of Halong Bay, North Vietnam. Bring back fond memories of my boat day and overnight cruise there. Thanks so much to Michael of South Africa for this cool postcard.






Postcard 4
This is my first postcard from Vietnam. I had visited Vietnam before I started postcard collecting. A big thank you (cam on) to WP from Malaysia who was working in Hanoi for sending me this great postcard.





Postcard 5
Shaped postcard of Halong Bay. Bought postcard, stamp and cancelled in Hoi-An, Vietnam.




Postcard 6
Halong Bay view. I bought this postcard in Hanoi and requested YL who was visiting Hanoi/Ha Long Bay to mailed it back to me from Hanoi Main Post Office. Arrived on May 3, 2024.

Portugal - Monastery of Batalha

"The Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy's main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Batalha Monastery of Leira, Portugal. Cool stamps. Thanks to Susana of Portugal. Obrigado.






Postcard 2
14th century Batalha Monastery celebrates the victory of Portuguese army against the Spanish. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrived on May 2, 2024. Thanks to Joan of Portugal.



Iran - Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region

"Eight archaeological sites situated in three geographical parts in the southeast of Fars Province: Firuzabad, Bishapur and Sarvestan. These fortified structures, palaces, and city plans date back to the earliest and latest times of the Sassanian Empire, which stretched across the region from 224 to 658 CE. Among these sites is the capital built by the founder of the dynasty, Ardashir Papakan, as well as a city and architectural structures of his successor, Shapur I. The archaeologic landscape reflects the optimized utilization of natural topography and bears witness to the influence of Achaemenid and Parthian cultural traditions and of Roman art, which had a significant impact on the architecture and artistic styles of the Islamic era."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage



Palace of Ardeshir, Firuz Abad, Iran. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage site of  Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region. Mailed March 27, 2024. Received April 30, 2024. Thanks to Boris.

Vietnam - Hoi An Ancient Town

"Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Annual floods in Hoi An. Thanks to Jo for mailing from Vietnam.





Postcard 2
Beautiful postcard of Hoi An with nice orchid stamp. Thanks to Aletta who is currently in Vietnam.







Postcard 3
Shaped postcard of the famous Japanese Bridge in Hoi-An. I bought this postcard in Hoi-An in October 2018.




Postcard 4
Shaped postcard of the famous lanterns of Hoi-An. I bought this postcard in Hoi-An in October 2018.





Postcard 5
View of boat pier with prewar houses of Hoi An, Vietnam. Interesting that in the Vietnam calendar, the Cat replaces the Rabbit in the Animal Lunar Years. Thanks to Dao of Vietnam.




Postcard 6
I bought this postcard in Hoi-an and postmarked a single stamp at Hoi-An Main Post Office in October 2018. Few years later, I requested YL who was travelling to Hoi-An to mail back this postcard from Hoi-An Main Post Office. Thanks YL. It was postmarked Hoi-An GD April 11, 2024 and reached me on April 29, 2024.

Malaysia - Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley

"Situated in the lush Lenggong Valley, the property includes four archaeological sites in two clusters which span close to two million years, one of the longest records of early man in a single locality, and the oldest outside the African continent. It features open-air and cave sites with Palaeolithic tool workshops, evidence of early technology. The number of sites found in the relatively contained area, suggests the presence of a relatively large, semi-sedentary population with cultural remains from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Metal ages. - Bukit Bunuh – Kota Tampan - Bukit Jawa - Bukit Kepala Gajah - Bukit Gua Harimau" 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage 

I have visited Lenggong Museum in Perak, Malaysia two years ago. I finally found these Lenggong postcards and bought extras to swap.

Postcard 1
Lenggong Valley Archaelogical area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. I visited the Lenggong Gallery. This Gua Teluk Kelawar is  where Perak Woman was found (top); replica of Perak Man burial (bottom).

 




Postcard 2
Lenggong Archaelogical Gallery, Perak, Malaysia. I cancelled at Lenggong Post Office.





Postcard 3
Another Lenggong postcard - cancelled at Lenggong Post Office, Perak and using the office chop of the Lenggong Archaelogy Museum Gallery as well as the closest major post office of Kuala Kangsar, the royal town leading to Lenggong Valley in Perak.






Postcard 4
 Postcard from Poh of Penang. Received in April 2024. Thank you.