Victoria Memorial

A stately memorial to remember Queen Victoria, in the heart of Kolkata, we have the grand Victoria memorial. Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon in January 1901, just after the death of Queen Victoria suggested of building this memorial. He wanted to build it amidst the greenery and so the queen’s way Kolkata was the most enthralling option. This marble monument is the most spacious and luxuriate heritage site of the city of joy. This building spreads 338 feet by 228 feet covering a vast area of 64 acres of land. The memorial is 200 feet high, 184 feet just before the base of the queen’s statue and 16 feet is the statue itself .Voluntary subscription from princes and common public brought one crore and five lakhs rupees. This was entirely dedicated to the construction of this lavish structure.

The expert mind of Sir William Emerson brain stormed the magnificent design of this building. He was the President of the British Institute of Architects at that period. He laid the plan for this building and Messrs Martin and Co. Of Calcutta began the construction of this historic monument. The superintending architect was the great Vincent J. Esch. His supervision has created many enticing sites of the era which are still appreciated. This building itself is a history that people feel and relive once they enter the monument. Under the department of culture, government of India, this royal monument stands has a pride of Kolkata. The grandeur of renowned historic icons is preserved in this museum which serves as a treasure trove of knowledge.

The glorious ceremony of laying the foundation stone of this memorial took place in January 4, 1906.The awe- inspiring King George V did the honours .He was the Prince of Wales during that golden era. In 1921 it was officially unlocked to the commoners. This classic structure spreads an ambience of a blend of British and Mughal culture. The elements embraced in the atmosphere of this memorial make it one of the most alluring tourist attractions. The finest of all, this white canonise has much to explore. People from all around the globe visit this place to take back mesmerising memories and accession of wisdom.

The marble-domed Victoria Memorial has become the unofficial symbol of Kolkata. It remains a showcase of imperial grandeur. Inside are exhibitions of relics form the colonial past - paintings, unifoms, arms and phorographs.

Language spoken Bengali.


Travel Tips

Kolkata is always inviting for its pleasant weather. But it would be wise to carry an umbrella with you irrespective of the place you visit. The best time to visit Kolkata is December to February.

When to visit

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Things to do

This historic museum is open six days a week for tourist visit. Monday’s are an official off. You can visit the place in between 10.00am to 5.00 pm. On public holidays like Republic day, Independence Day, Id-ul-Fitr, Gandhi’s birthday, Dusshera and Christmas day, the museum remains close. The evening light and sound show is an entrancing attraction also. The show is conducted in both English and Bengali. Named as the “Pride and glory – the story of Calcutta”, it is initiated jointly with Bengal chamber of commerce.

The visit to the museum, garden or to the sound and light show is scintillating. The museum is a grace that honours a tribute to the rich legend of India. The oil paintings of Queen Victoria is self speaking for her luxuriate journey of her life.

Her pianoforte, writing desk and her chair is in the centre of the room. Apart from the western paintings, many Indian paintings are also exhibited here. The huge collection of both is enticing. The relics include ink pot of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and pistols of Lord Warren Hasting. The ivory chair of Mrs Warren Hasting and throne of Nawab of Bengal is also captivating. Many culminating statues and sculptures are found both within the memorial as well as in the garden. Inside the memorial, you will discover bust of Earl of Canning and Peary Chand Mitra.

Many classic manuscripts are also displayed and preserved. The consequential library has an endearing collection of 10674 books and periodicals. For research, you will find many original documents of the ancient times archived also. The illumination job has been done by Philips which makes the memorial look distant even in night. It was sponsored by TISCO. The list of attractions is endless. One is sure to experience a quality time exploring this heritage site and gather infinite knowledge of the historic period.

Getting Around

Getting round is convenient and hassle free. Numerous public transports are easily accessible. Public buses or cab can be opted for .Even underground metro rail will offer effortless journey. The cabs are also reasonable for relaxed travelling. For exploring the entire city one has the option to choose from many car rental service providers.

Places to Stay

Many luxurious hotels are there in the city that one an avail. The cheaper hotels are also available in this area.

How to Reach

  • The closest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. Outside the airport you will find excellent cab facility. Victoria memorial is a popular tourist spot so any driver will take you to the spot without any hassle.
  • If you prefer train journey, Howrah Railway Station is the nearest. After arriving at the station you can take a taxi or a bus.
  • The cheapest transportation is the bus. From any corner of Kolkata you will find numerous buses which will drop you in front of the memorial.

Surrounding Attractions

The Indian Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral and Metro shopping centre are popular spots near Victoria Memorial.

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Police: 100

Fire: 101

Ambulance: 102