Victoria Memorial is one of the most iconic monuments situated in Kolkata and is one of the most popular places to visit in the City of Joy.
This is a British-era monument made out of marble and is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria.
As I am from Kolkata, I have visited this iconic monument a number of times.
So in this article, you will get to know the following points about the Victoria Memorial.
- Entry Fee
- How to reach
- Things to do
- Victoria Memorial Hall
- Places to stay
- Nearby places to visit
Let’s see each of these points in detail…
About Victoria Memorial
|Name of the monument||Victoria Memorial|
|Built in between||1906 – 1921|
|Built by||Prince of Wales|
|Architects||William Emerson, Vincent Esch|
Timings of Victoria Memorial Kolkata
The timings of the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata are,
Victoria Memorial Gardens timings
|All Days||6 AM – 6 PM|
Victoria Memorial Hall or Gallery
|All Days except Mondays and national holidays||10 AM – 6 PM|
Light and Sound Show Timings
|October to February||Bengali||6:15 PM – 7 PM|
|October to February||English||7:15 PM – 8 PM|
|March to June||Bengali||6:45 PM – 7:30 PM|
|March to June||English||7:45 PM – 8:30 PM|
* The days of light and sound show may vary. Please check the timings on the official website on the day you are planning to visit.
Entry Fee of Victoria Memorial Kolkata
The entry fees for Victoria Memorial are,
|Garden Only (Adults)||Rs. 10|
|Garden & Museum (Adults)||Rs. 30|
|Garden & Museum (Foreign Nationals of SAARC countries)||Rs. 100|
|Garden & Museum (Foreign Nationals of all other countries)||Rs. 500|
|Light and Sound 3D project show (Adults)||Rs. 20|
|Light and Sound 3D project show (Children)||Rs. 10|
*Please note that the fees are subject to change. Please verify at the counter or on the official website.
How to reach Victoria Memorial Kolkata
The Victoria Memorial is located at 1, Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071.
You will easily get a bus from popular spots like Esplanade, Sealdah Railway Station, Howrah Railway station, or Kolkata Airport.
If you are not getting any direct bus, you can take a bus to Exide or Rabindra Sadan and walk from there. Its a 5 min walk.
You can also book a Taxi or Cab from your hotel.
History of Victoria Memorial
The construction of the Victoria Memorial was suggested by Lord Curzon after the demise of Queen Victoria of England.
The foundation stone of this monument was laid on 4th January 1906 by the then Prince of Wales and was opened to the general public in 1921.
The total cost of construction of the Victoria Memorial was Rs.1,05,00,000.
Things to do at Victoria Memorial
A list of things you can do at Victoria Memorial includes,
- Walking around in the big 64 acres garden.
- Visiting the Victoria Memorial Hall Gallery or Museum.
- Relaxing on a bench for hours in the garden.
- Admiring the beauty of the giant monument and other sculptures inside the compound.
- Watch the light and sound 3D projection show.
The gardens of the Victoria Memorial are beautiful and are, therefore, a popular romantic spot. So you can also go on a romantic date with your loved one.
Victoria Memorial Hall or Museum
The Victoria Memorial Hall or the museum has 25 galleries.
This includes the National Leader’s Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery, Queens Hall Gallery, the portrait gallery, the Arms and Armoury Gallery, and the newly added Kolkata Gallery.
In the museum, you can see more than 30,000 treasured artifacts including rare photographs, and paintings.
You must give this museum a visit
Places to stay near Victoria Memorial
There are a number of hotels near Victoria Memorial where you can stay.
The best areas to get hotels are in the Park Street area or near Esplanade.
Places to visit near Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
There are a number of places that you can visit near the Victoria Memorial.
You can take a quick stroll in Park street or spend some time in the open fields of maidan. If you want to visit some other iconic places, you can visit the Indian Museum.
A short uber or bus ride will take to you to Prinsep Ghat, where you can take a walk on the banks of the river Ganga.
Other places you can visit near Victoria Memorial include St. Pauls’s Cathedral, Birla Planetarium, Fort William, etc.
These are some of the facts, information, and details about the Victoria Memorial Hall and Gardens in Kolkata, West Bengal.
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