Kolkata, proudly referred to as The City Of Joy, redefines the artistic, cultural and literary heritage of the country of colours, India. The city has given to the world a literature gem, Sir Rabindranath Tagore and also attracts foreigners from all over the world to indulge in its rich culture and delicious delicacies. A very special sight, The Victoria Memorial museum is a popular tourist spot. The museum's maintenance and vigilance is taken care of by the Ministry of Culture. Every year people from all over the world pay a visit to this magnificent piece of art. Every month, a different array of objects on a particular theme are displayed. The museum also has paintings made by European painters. Some important exhibits held in the museum are dagger of Tipu Sultan, cannon of Plassey battle, books dated back to 1870, important manuscripts, very rare stamps from that period. In the evening, a light and sound show is organised displaying the struggle faced by India from the Britishers. Outside the museum gates, the kids can enjoy a bugghi ride along the Hooghly river.
Get the glimpse of Kolkata through Victoria Memorial
The Royal Gallery
The Royal Gallery is one of the most famous and beautiful gallery out of the 25 other galleries in the Victoria Memorial. The paintings are a replica of the oil paintings in London. They showcase the Queen's coronation ceremony, her marriage in the Chapel Royal, Marriage of Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra and much more. In 1992, the gallery was opened for the natives and the people from across the world.
The Calcutta Gallery
The construction of the gallery was proposed by the then Minister of Education, Saiyid Nurul Hasan. The gallery was opened for public in 1992. The gallery has a 3-D model of Chitpur Road. It also depicts the transformation phase of the city during the British rule.
Designed by Redesdale and David Prain, the gardens are spread over an area of 64 acres. An efficient team of 21 gardeners manages the up-keeping of the gardens. It is adorned by the statues of some eminent personalities such as Lord William Bentinck, Governor General of India, Rajendra Nath Mukherjee who was a popular industrialist of Bengal at that time.
Victoria Memorial Hall
The architecture of the hall is mesmerising. The typical traditional carvings done on the walls and pillars will leave you awestruck. The hall displays some of the best oil paintings.
The museum has a fascinating collection of coins, maps, weapons, tools, utensils which were used by the people of Bengal during the pre-independence period.
The museum authorities often organise exhibitions which are open for public. These displays celebrate the rich heritage which the Bengal boasts about. The exhibitions highlight the work of some eminent personalities of Bengal or some parts of India. If you are lucky enough, you can get a chance to visit any such exhibition.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate of the museum.
How To Get Around?
Kolkata has a good metro network which is cheap and convenient. Travellers can also use cabs, rickshaws, taxis as per their convenience.
What Should I Wear?
As you are exploring a place, try wearing clothes in which you are most comfortable in.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Kolkata is during monsoon and winter. It is during this time when the city receives its first showers. The weather is very delightful to enjoy a trip to Victoria Memorial.
The Indian Rupee.
Will I Need a Guide?
If a tourist needs a guide, then the museum offers a free of cost guided tour. one has to request for the tour at the entrance gate itself.
How To Get There?
You can easily reach the museum by a taxi. You can either take a taxi or a metro to reach Dum Dum station and from there, take a metro to Maidan.
They charge Rs. 20 per person if you are an Indian Citizen and Rs.200 if you are a foreigner. If you want to visit only the garden, it costs Rs.10 per person.