Shaheed Minar, Kolkata (Calcutta)

See a standing monument to the victims of many wars waged in the area, Shaheed Minar. Built in 1828 in tribute to Major-general Sir David Ochterlony, by whom was named as the Ochterlony Monument, and with its original role of revering his defense of Delhi and the victory over Nepal, it stands today in the memory of the martyrs of the Indian freedom movement, as it names means “martyr’s monument” in Bengali and Hindi. Observe the architecture of the tower, with the influences of Egyptian, Syrian, and Turkish styles. The tower stands 48 m (157 ft) high. You can’t climb it without permission from the police. Work out when and for how long to visit Shaheed Minar and other Kolkata (Calcutta) attractions using our handy Kolkata (Calcutta) day trip planner.
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  • September 28, 2017
    I reached at about 4 pm at the location. It was more wonderful than I had seen couple of years earlier. There were clear parking area and we parked our car. Bought the tickets and went in the compound...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    This is just another Minaret built in the memory of an army general from the East India company in the early 18th century. David Ochterlony fought the Marathas and won and hence this honor. Later on r...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    While the Minar by itself is a grand tribute to the fallen, the surrounding area is not. There's a bus depot right next door, which means people come and gather here with their luggage before departin...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    A very very important Land Mark of Kolkata. People assemble here for different needs. Some of them are Political Parties. The monument is very old and it is also a historic place. From the top it looks like spectacular view of City Kolkata.
  • July 16, 2017
    Historic place, the big ground and locality is too dirty and muddy. Not maintained properly. Always crowded with the passengers of Dharmatala/Esplanade bus stand.
  • May 22, 2017
    Formerly it was known as Ochterlony Monument. Very good monument. Nice to see and enjoy. One can get to the top with valid permission from the authority. From the top Kolkata looks amazing and beautiful. The surroundings of the monument need to be kept clean.
  • May 13, 2017
    A monument near Esplanade Bus stand. It is so beautiful that it can easily attract eye of anyone. At night its beauty reach to another level.
  • July 9, 2017
    Shaheed Minar is one of the oldest monuments that the City of Joy has to offer. The minaret is so huge that it can been seen from miles within the city. This was previously known as "Martyrs' Monument" and was constructed in 1828 by the british in memory of Major General David Ochterlony. He is said to have defended Delhi from the maratha aggression. Apart from the history , this is a place which is usually empty. You'll find a couple of hawkers and a dozen of people sitting and relaxing here. So you can visit it at anytime . There are no tickets charged for visiting this place and it's free. The shaheed minar is also famous for the political rallies that take place in kolkata. This place is just 5 mins walk from Esplanade and 10 mins from the World famous Eden Garden.

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