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Shaheed Minar, Kolkata (Calcutta)

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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. By using our Kolkata (Calcutta) holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Shaheed Minar and other attractions in Kolkata (Calcutta).
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  • One who comes to KOLKATA must visit this place, it has a historical value, it is located in the heart of the city of joy. so many historical buildings and other must see places are within 2 to 3 K.m. ...  more »
  • Being Situated at the esplanade, it is a must go place if you want some open green fields and fresh air.  more »
  • In kolkata you will see the Sahid Minar (in its splendid white during day time or in its colourful avtar during the night) whenever you pass through the maidan in kolkata. The 48 meter high Shaheed Mi...  more »
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  • Landmark of dharmatala. Certains years ago visitors are allowed to climb on top. But now it is restricted and you can'nt enjoy a bird eye view from it. The Place is not so clean.
  • Saheed Minar is located in the central of the Kolkata, The monument offers a bird's eye view of the city but now tourists and locals are not permissible to go the top of the monument. But many people are spending their time by sitting in the benches around it. Nice place but need more improvement
  • Saheed Minar (শহীদ মিনার) of Kolkata situated at 11, Rani Rashmoni Avenue, Kolkata Maidaan, West Bengal. Built in the year 1828, Shaheed Minar or Ochterlony Monument happens to be one of the oldest monuments in Kolkata. This magnificent structure was originally constructed to commemorate the achievements of Major-General Sir David Ochterlony, the Commander of the British East India Company. A heroic victory in the Anglo-Nepalese War and the defense of Delhi from the Marathas were the two main reasons for honoring Sir David Ochterlony. In the year 1969, this splendid monument was rechristened as Shaheed Minar or the “Martyr’s Tower”. This was done to glorify the brave martyrs of the Indian Freedom Struggle. Since then, this symbol of peace has been gazetted as the Shaheed Minar of Kolkata. Standing tall with a height of 48 meters, Shaheed Minar provides a mesmeric panorama of the beautiful city of Kolkata. You need to climb more than 200 steps to reach to the two balconies at the top. An impressive blend of Egyptian, Syrian and Turkish style of designing has been used in the architecture. To the south of the Shaheed Minar, a vast field called Shaheed Minar Maidan occupies the space. This ground has been known for hosting a number of political rallies and morchas. The first political meeting at this ground was organized by Rabindranath Tagore. The Government has now taken up the work of refurbishment of the tower for making it easily accessible to the public. Entitled as the cloud-kissing monument by Mark Twain, Shaheed Minar is the pride of Kolkata.
  • Famous landmark of Kolkata. Breathtaking view of the city and Hoogly River from the top... (unfortunately closed now) Surrounding maidan area is also a breath of fresh air in this crowded city.
  • The environment is not so good... but is is well known place of greater Kolkata