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Permanent Pictorial Cancellations : Delhi

4 Permanent Pictorial Cancellations are known.

Qutabminar B. O.
(Post Office Closed)
Date of Introduction: 1960s or 1950s ??
Delhi officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), is a metropolitan area located on the banks of the Yamuna in northern India and includes the Indian national capital city, New Delhi. Delhi is known to have been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, sacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and therefore the modern conurbation of Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region. Delhi is believed to have been the site of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas during the times of the Mahabharata. Delhi re-emerged as a major political, cultural and commercial city along the trade routes between northwest India and the Gangetic plain during the period of the Delhi sultanates. The British captured Delhi in 1857 and the city replaced Kolkata as the seat of British government in India in 1911. Today Delhi contains many important historical monuments, buildings and features. Qutab Minar also known as Qutb Minar and Qutub Minar, is the tallest minaret in India, originally an ancient Islamic Monument, inscribed with arabic inscriptions, though the iron pillar has some bhramini inscriptions, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and marble. The tower has 379 stairs, is 72.5 metres high, and has a base diameter of 14.3 metres, which narrows to 2.7 metres at the top storey. Construction was started in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and was completed by Iltutmish. The cancellation depicts Qutabminar.
Red Fort Delhi - 110 006
(Post Office Closed)
Red Fort
Date of Introduction: 01.12.1975
The Red Fort (usually transcribed into English as Lal Qil'ah or Lal Qila) is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. The fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh city in the Delhi site. He moved his capital here from Agra in a move designed to bring prestige to his reign, and to provide ample opportunity to apply his ambitious building schemes and interests. It served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government. The Red Fort continued to be used as a cantonment after Independence. A significant part of the fort remained under the control of the Indian Army until 22 December 2003, when it was handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India for restoration. The Red Fort covers a total area of about 254.67 acres enclosed within 2.4 kilometres of defence walls. The walls are punctuated by turrets and bastions. They vary in height from 18 m on the river side to 33 m on the city side. The fort is shaped like an octagon with the north-south axis longer than the east-west axis. The use of marble, floral decorations, double domes in the buildings inside the fort exemplifies the later phase of Mughal architecture Every year on 15 August, the day India achieved independence from the British, Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort. The cancellation depicts Red Fort.
Philatelic Bureau, Parliament Street H. O., New Delhi - 110 001
(Now known as Sansad Marg H. O.)
(Currently not available)
Parliament of India
Date of Introduction: ??
New Delhi the capital of the Republic of India, and the seat of executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India also serves as the centre of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The foundation stone of the city was laid on 15 December 1911. It was planned by two leading 20th-century British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. The new Capital was christened "New Delhi" in 1927, and subsequently inaugurated on 13 February 1931, by British India's Viceroy Lord Irwin. On 12 December 2011, New Delhi celebrated 100 years of capitalship, making it another landmark year in the long history of the region of Delhi.

The Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan) is a circular building designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912–1913. Construction began in 1921, and in 1927 the building was opened as the home of the Council of State, the Central Legislative Assembly and the Chamber of Princes.The Parliament House of India which is also known as the Sansad Bhawan. The Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body in India. It was founded in 1921. The Parliament alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all political bodies in India. The Parliament comprises the President of India and the two Houses - Lok Sabha (House of the People) and Rajya Sabha (Council of States). The cancellation depicts Parliament Building.
Rashtrapati Bhawan S. O. - 110 004
Rashtrapati Bhawan
Date of Introduction: ??? (Earliest Known Date: 05.08.2011)
Rashrapati Bhawan
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India, located in New Delhi, India. It may refer to only the mansion (the 340-room main building) that has the President's official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices; it may also refer to the entire 130 hectare (320 acre) President Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. The main palace building was formerly known as Viceroy's House.
Special thanks to Shri Ashok Kumar Bayanwala (Ahmedabad) and Shri Parvesh Gupta (Delhi) for their help in compiling this listing.
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