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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous monuments in Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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The turns of history surely dot a cityscape with breathtaking monuments but when technology and progress also start taking shape of architecture at the same place, you have a combination to die for! Kolkata presents to you a world of historic and modern sites that promise to take your breath away, so make sure you give a huge chunk of your holiday time to these places!

  • Fort William

    Built in the late seventeenth century by the banks of River Hoogly, this magnificent fort overlooks one of the biggest urban parks of the city, Maidan. An octagonal structure with the river bordering its three sides, this palatial fort is the only fort in the world from which a shot was never fired! A special permit is required from the Commanding Officer to visit this fort, as it is now under the stronghold of the Indian Army. Not only is the place well maintained and nicely kept, it is also a symbol of the glory and the grandeur of the Indian armed forces.

    Timings: 10.00 am-5.30pm, Open on all days
    Entry Fee: Nil

    Address: Khidirpur Road
    West Bengal


  • Shaheed Minar

    A towering structure of white in sprawling gardens, Shaheed Minar was once a symbol of British strength over its dominions. Dedicated to the martyrs of the Indian Freedom Struggle in the year 1969, this monument is modeled on the architecture of Egyptian Columns. You can take the stairs to the top of this 52 metre high structure to enjoy bird’s eye view of the city, but be warned, its a long climb of about 220 steps! The gardens that surround this tower are called the Shaheed Minar Maidan and a number of political rallies and fairs are held at this place. If you find one happening during your vacation, do drop in for a deeper interaction with the culture of Kolkata!

    Address: Dufferin Road
    West Bengal


  • Victoria Memorial

    An attempt of the British to create a replica of Taj Mahal in the honour of the Queen, the Victoria Memorial is an imposing monument of glittering white marble in an oasis of green. Recognized as the symbol of Kolkata, this monument houses a museum displaying British memorabilia and knick knacks from the time of the Raj. Enjoy a momentous sunrise at  the sprawling gardens here or witness a romantic sunset with a loved one or simply come here with your family to enjoy a Light and Sound Show in the evenings! Don’t forget to take your camera along for awesome pictures.

    Timings: 10am to 5pm, Monday Closed
    Entry Fee: INR 4 for Garden, INR 10 for Museum (Indian citizens) and INR 150 for museum (Foreign Nationals)

    Address: Queens Way
    West Bengal


  • St Paul’s Cathedral

    A church that took close to 10 years for its construction has to be a marvel, right? Visit the St Paul’s Church in the city of Kolkata and find out! With its grecian pillars and Indo- Gothic architecture, this place mesmerises each person it welcomes to its warm embrace. Stained glass windows, artistically carved pews and chairs, walls decked in intricate mural paintings and an equally breathtaking facade describe this church which houses peace and tranquility in every nook and corner.

    Do make it a point to avoid visiting the place in the afternoon though, the Cathedral remains closed between noon and 3pm everyday.

    Address: 1A, Cathedral Road
    West Bengal
    Telephone: +91-33-22230127

  • Marble Palace

    Built by one of the wealthiest merchants in West Bengal in the nineteenth century, the Marble Palace stands today as one of the best preserved monuments in Kolkata. Characterised by its intricately carved marble pillars, flooring and walls, this place bears a close resemblance the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.Grand chandeliers, victorian furniture, magnificent sculptures and some of the most coveted paintings of Indian and International artists dot the winding corridors here, giving the place an aura of complete luxury.

    Part of this Palace is inhabited by the descendants of Raja Rajendra Mullick, who built the place. Since it is private property, photography is a strict no no and you need a special permit to visit the place. You can obtain this permit at the West Bengal Tourism Information Bureau at BBD Bag, Kolkata.
    Once you are inside the premises, you will be given an escorted tour across the property, where the guide will provide valuable insights about the various objects d'art.

    Timings: 10.00 am to 4.00pm, Closed on Monday, Thursday and Saturday
    Entry Fee: INR 15

    Address: 46, Muktaram Babu Street
    West Bengal

The British romance with Kolkata also gifted to the cityscape some wondrous buildings like Writers' Building and General Post Office. Visit these monuments to get a true feel of the history that goes into the making of the vibrant cultural fabric of Kolkata. Stroll down these glorious corridors which were once haloed and feel the turns and trials of time come to life in front of your eyes. Have a great holiday!

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