Imagine you live in the most inaccessible part of the Himalayas, 3,500 metres up a mountain and there are no roads to reach you. It needn’t stop you from getting your mail, as this fascinating BBC article shows. [Via: Slashdot]
Post offices in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh will take a customer’s handwritten letter and computer scan it. Then the letter can be e-mailed to remote, high-altitude post-offices in this Himalayan region. From there, the e-mails are printed out and then taken by hand to their destination.
1651 mail runners cover long distances on foot across isolated river valleys and snow-covered mountain passes.