Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Admire the grandiose architecture of Victoria Memorial Hall, made entirely out of white marble and housing an extensive art collection. Completed in 1921, the building was dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, and was designed by William Emerson in an ornate Indo-Saracenic revival style. Take a relaxing walk through the manicured lakeside gardens, or step inside to explore the lavish galleries adorned with historical books, period paintings, relics, and portraits of British royals. Using our world travel planner, Kolkata (Calcutta) attractions like Victoria Memorial Hall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The incredible Victoria Memorial is a vast, beautifully proportioned festival of white marble: think US Capitol meets Taj Mahal. Had it been built for a beautiful Indian princess rather than a colonia...  more »
  • A great example of Imperial architecture set in beautiful gardens. As you approach across Maidan it swells with pride. A must see sight in Kolkatta  more »
  • A heritage of my historic city and it's a good place for both family and couples. Entry fee for Indigenous people is cheap around 20-30 rs per person but for the foreigners its higher around 300-500 r...  more »
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  • A beautiful place from the Victorian era. It's the symbol love and respect of Indians towards the Queen. It holds a strong historical connection and well preserved historical artifacts shows the power of the British Empire. Along with the palace there is a museum where you will see the British India in it's past. You can even spent time in the garden and the place is best for hanging out with friends and family.
  • Very amazing historical monument built in the British rule for queen Victoria. A great place to visit. Nothing is so important inside it. But the monument is the best attraction for the tourists. The grassy ground in its campus is best to spend some time with friends or family. You can also buy a half ticket to get admit only in the ground. A horse riding field is also available in front of the monument.
  • If you ever visit to west Bengal, then this is one of the place you must visit. This place is very beautiful. The outer place of the palace has a very beautiful park and a pond where you can sit and chat for a long time. Inside the palace one can see ancient stuffs like swords, paintings which is really beautiful. The management is really nice and disciplined.
  • As with any historic monument, this place transports you into a different time, trying to imagine what it would have been to be present all those years back when all the historic events took place, which are now displayed as paintings and artifacts. Beautiful sculptures and impressive murals under the main dome. Had a good time.
  • Awesome historic building. I wonder how it was made in the early 90s with marbles all over the building. Its really big. The garden is well maintained. And the garden is really very very huge. There are a few number of ponds which adds up to the beauty of the building. It thus have washrooms. I haven't seen a parking place, but there must be one. Only thing that bothered me was there were couples everywhere in the garden, and this takes out the charm of the place. And be prepared to walk a lot and I mean it, really it needs a lot of walking to move around the whole garden. But don't worry, there are many benches to sit and rest and also to admire the beauty of the palace.

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