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  • Address: 1 Queen's Way
  • Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am-5pm
  • Admission: Museum: For Indians: Rs 10, For Foreigners: Rs 150, Garden: Day Pass:Rs 4

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Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata (Calcutta) is both a symbol of the city and the entire British Raj. The giant, white marble tribute to Queen Victoria was erected over a 20-year period, starting in 1901, as a way for Lord George Curzon, the viceroy of India, to honor the queen following her death.

The architectural marriage between the symmetry and domes that are characteristic of the Italian Renaissance and the minarets and detailing of the Indo-Saracenic movement makes the building appear as a cross between the Capitol and the Taj Mahal. Inside you’ll find a museum which provides visitors a walk through the history of Kolkata and the complex relationship between Britain and India in West Bengal. The 25 galleries display more than 3,500 Raj-related artifacts: Queen Victoria’s desk and piano are among these pieces.

The reasonably well-kept gardens surrounding the monument make for pleasant picnicking, especially on cooler days. Come after dark for a short light and music show in English.

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Private Tour: Kolkata Sightseeing Including Mother House, University of Calcutta and Victoria Memorial

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Spend a day visiting Kolkata’s most iconic landmarks on this private tour of the West Bengal capital. Visit religious sanctuaries such as Mother Teresa’s ...  Read more

Location: Kolkata, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.25

Private Tour: Places of Worship in Kolkata including Mother House

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit architecturally beautiful and historically significant places of worship on this full-day tour of Kolkata that will surely be a feast for both your eyes ...  Read more

Location: Kolkata, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

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