India Post illustrates the Western Ghats

14 Aug 2020  Fri

The Western Ghats, a mountainous range running parallel to the west coast of peninsular India, has a rich and intriguing history. The Western Ghats is well known for its majestic beauty.

The range starts near the Songadh town of Gujarat, south of the Tapti River, and runs through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu ending at Marunthuvazh Malai, at Swamithope near the southern tip of India in Tamil Nadu. Being one of the eight hottest hotspots of biological diversity in the world, the Western Ghats is home to more than 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, and 179 amphibian species.

Not just this, about 325 globally threatened species take refuge in these mighty mountain ranges. Some of the rare animal species found in the Western Ghats include the Malabar large-spotted civet, lion-tailed macaque, Asian elephants, tiger, Black Panther, leopards, great Indian hornbill and Wroughton's free-tailed bat.

India Postal Department has issued a stamp of value 1200 Paise featuring majestic Western Ghats.

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