What’s the largest postal fulfillment service in the world? It’s the India Post, the government-owned and operated postal system that serves India.
Just how big is it? There are over 1.25 billion people living in India, and this postal service has to be massive enough to get post to and from each and every resident as quickly and efficiently as possible. To do that requires over 154,000 post offices, each serving over 7,000 people. The size of the country is immense, making the India Post the most widely distributed postal system on Earth. In addition to being the most spread out system, it also boasts the post office at the highest altitude: the post office in Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh is located at a height of 15,500 feet!
India has a long history of perfecting the postal delivery system. Records indicate that Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, who ruled India in 321-297 BC, developed a system for dispatching reports across the empire. The first true postal system, however, appears in the writings of historian Ziadduin Barni, who recorded the organized horse and runner service operated by Ala-ud-din Khilji of the Delhi Sultanate in 1296 AD, which operated much like the Pony Express in the early years of the United States (only 600 years earlier!).
In 1727, the British East India Company established their own first post office in the country. First the East India Company and then the British Raj would later take over the running of the India Postal System and the country until India was liberated from British rule in 1947. India once again regained control of its postal system, and continues to expand and improve service today.
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