Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kolkata ( Calcutta ) Tourism - Victoria Memorial, Location, Introduction, History, Best time to visit, Other nearby attraction & interesting facts

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How to reach

By Air:
It is completely accessible by air. There are a number of domestic airlines that connect Kolkata with other major cities of India like Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Port Blair.

By Rail:
Kolkata is well linked to other parts of the country by railways. There are super fast trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express that join Kolkatta from Delhi and other nearby places. Calcutta consists of two major railway stations; one is located in Howrah and the other at Sealdah.

By Road:
The city of joy is well linked with almost all the cities of India by road. The Esplanade Terminus is the main bus terminus that lies in the heart of the city. The latest development is the starting of Dhaka-Calcutta buses, which are fully air-conditioned and also very comfortable.

By Metro:

Nearest Metro Station : Maidan

Best Time To Visit

Time to visit : From March to October - 10.00 to 17.00 From November to February - 10.00 to 16.00 Sound & Light show - 7.15 to 8 P. M. Victoria Memorial is closed on Monday.

Admission Fee : For Indians - INR. 10.00 For Foreigners - INR. 150.00

Photography charges : Photography is strictly prohibited

Time required for sight seeing : 2 hours

The Victoria Memorial is a memorial building dedicated to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India, which is located in Kolkata, India - the capital of West Bengal and a former capital of British India. It currently serves as a museum and a tourist attraction.It is an autonomous organization within the Government of India's Ministry of Culture.

Calcutta Victoria memorial hall is a fabulous museum & was built between 1906 and 1921 to commemorate Queen Victoria's 25-year reign in India. After the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the British government gathered the reins of control of the country directly, and in 1876 the British parliament made Victoria the Empress of India. Her reign ended with her death in 1901.

The credit for designing and drawing the plan for this monument goes to Sir William Emerson, President of the British Institute of Architects. Victoria Memorial of Kolkata, India is a fantastic place that will take you into the world of past history, where you can view the photos and effigies of prominent personalities, who made an incredible contribution in the glory of India. Today, Victoria memorial is one of the finest art museums in Kolkata. It is a 184 ft tall edifice that was constructed on 64 acres of land. The museum houses a group of mind-blowing figures above the north porch that epitomize prudence, learning and motherhood.

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Queen Victoria Statue

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Other Major Attraction:

  • Victoria Memorial
  • Eden Gardens (Stadium)
  • Birla Planetarium
  • Howrah Bridge
  • Marble Palace
  • Writer's Building
  • Nicco Park
  • Saheed Minar
  • National Library
  • Belur Math
  • Botanical Gardens
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