The only real relic of the Queen's Raj on the country, the Victoria Memorial built, upon the death of the ruling monarch. With a statue of the Curzon on the rear end (the Viceroy who commissioned the Memorial) and a Marble statue of the queen on the front. The white marble structure is one of the grandest in the city. But it also houses the rich history of Bengal through the freedom movement up until the colonial capital was shifted to New Delhi. Thanks to popular movies like The King's Speech and Victoria and Abdul, the names are much more familiar now than they would have been from history books. The 12 paintings depicting the Queen's life are absolutely breathtaking. Finished with HUGE grounds, this would be an ideal outing place in winter, carrying an umbrella in summer is strongly recommended.
Just that on the way, we debated if we want to do a laid back leisurely walk in and around Victoria Memorial or behave like first bench school kids undergoing an education tour under the supervision of Geography teacher. Our forty plus self could not quiet identify with that role. Leisurely walk won.We literally had no plan, except wander.
3. Because history here, is charming.Everything about this city is historic. Once a capital of India, this city has so many stories to tell. Each building has its own charisma and each structure has its own magnificence. Whether it be the world famous Victoria Memorial, the engineering marvel Howrah Bridge, everything is scenic and picturesque. Every street you go into or every turn you take holds something new for you.
Love for monuments and architecture, this place has it all : My next stop was Victoria Memorial. Is there any Bollywood movie based on Kolkata and haven't shown this giant marble palace, I guess they can't because this museum is such a wonder to watch. Everyday thousands of tourist and locals visit this place to have a glance of inspiration for modern day architecture, which was dedicated to queen Victoria after her death. This place is now converted to a museum and display paintings of famous painters from history throughout the world, also weapons, coins and other relevant one of its kind of history. To glorify its beauty there is garden spread and a lake, where you can have some good family time and relax after your museum tour.