So today I went to send the first 5 postcards of Postcrossing to my local Post-Office, there I asked the clerk on how much worth postal-stamps are to be affixed on the Picture Postcards. To my surprise the clerk didn't know anything about the picture postcards or the stamps to be fixed on them. He directed me to the Post-Master, I asked him the same.
His reply shocked me. He told me that the custom department do not allow open documents to travel outside the nation and I have to put the postcards in an envelop; after which postal-stamp worth INR 25/- is to be affixed on it for common post.
There was no point arguing with that old man who didn't know anything about the international postal charges for picture postcards. I came back home and did some research over the internet to end up with something extremely interesting.
I reached to the official website of Postal Department of India where I went a bit further exploring into its Tools section and came across some interesting discovery on this particular Postage Calculator Page. Here one could see the real time Postal Charges for;
I went to the third; International Services, which has a simple menu that plays only on Java enabled systems. So people, keep the Java updated on your computer and smartphones. Within a minute this is what I find;
- International Picture Postcard Tariff (Land/Ship): INR 7/-
- International Picture Postcard Tariff (Air Mail): INR 12/-
The second option is the best because it would take a maximum time of 60 days to reach the remote most corner of the globe. One of my postcards took a mere 12 days to reach Belarus through Air Mail. The first option of Land/Ship may be the cheapest, but it's not the best as the snail will beat the mail by miles.