Victoria Memorial

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    Location:  Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 3 to 4 hours

    Victoria Memorial is one of the most famous places in the city of Kolkata, under the state of West Bengal in India. It is an attractive travel destination for travelers from all over the world. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. That’s why it is called the Victoria Memorial. The building was built from 1906 to 1921. Now it is a museum. If you are in Kolkata you must visit it.


    Victoria Memorial is a beautiful historical piece of the British Raj. After passing the gate you will feel like royalty. When one walks through the corridors of the hall, a sense of pride fills in mind by imagining how it looked when royalty strolled around. The garden is so beautiful to visit. Grasses are cut off in a certain shape and these seem like green carpets.

    Victoria Memorial is very famous for earlier to couples and families. If you visit in the afternoon, especially during the holidays, you will find there gatherings of lots of couples and families. Local people also go there for morning walks.

    Try to don’t miss the Son-et-Lumiere (Sound and light show) after sunset.


    Victoria Memorial

    The Prince of Wales laid the foundation On 4th January 1906, the Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone of this memorial and in the year 1921, it was opened to the public. William Emerson, President of the British Institution of Architects. Vincent Esch, an assistant engineer in the Bengal Nagpur Railway built this. It was mainly founded by British Officials and individuals from India. Emperor George V announced the transfer of the capital of India from Kolkata to New Delhi, before the construction of this building was finished.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Victoria Memorial is placed on 64 acres of lawns, ponds, shrubbery, and herbaceous borders with open surroundings. It has 25 galleries inside beneath the big main dome. The Calcutta Gallery, Portrait Gallery, Royal Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, and National Leaders Gallery are mainly focused here. According to the 2009 inquiry, there are nearly 30,000 collections available.

    Victoria Memorial Night View

    The building is a wonderful example of the colonial style of architecture. It almost looks like ‘Tajmahal’. The building is made of white marble. The central dome included 4 more domes on the terrace.

    The main attraction at the memorial is the huge somber statue of Queen Victoria. A five meters tall black bronze angel statue holding a bugle in her hand is another beautiful architectural work. You will find several allegorical sculptures surrounding the central dome. 

    The garden is spread over 64 acres. The garden is well-sorted with various seasonal flowers, which make a wonderful environment for people. There is a big pond. Beautifully planted flowers around the pond and an eye-catching fountain on-premises. 

    Some beautiful historical sculptures are also in the garden. Black Victoria Statue, White Lord Curzon, a 16 feet tall statue, the angel of Victory, etc. What will you find in the museum of Victoria Memorial?

    The museum building is 184 feet b tall at its central dome height. At the central point of the room, there is a big white marble statue of Queen Victoria. Some statues depicting motherhood are placed at the top of the porch. On the ground floor, collections of paintings, sculptures, etc. are arranged among 25 galleries according to their qualities.

    Opening Hours

    • Saturday 10.00 am-5.00 pm 5.30 am-6.15 pm
    • Sunday 10.00 am-5.00 pm 5.30 am-6.15 pm
    • Monday Closed/Holiday 5.30 am-6.15 pm
    • Tuesday 10.00 am-5.00 pm 5.30 am-6.15 pm
    • Wednesday 10.00 am-5.00 pm 5.30 am-6.15 pm
    • Thursday 10.00 am-5.00 pm 5.30 am-6.15 pm
    • Friday 10.00 am-5.00 pm 5.30 am-6.15 pm

    Entry & Others Fees

    • Rs.10 per person (daily ticket)
    • Rs.100 per person (Monthly ticket)
    • Rs.1000 per person (Yearly ticket)
    • Rs.2000 per person (Morning walkers)
    • Rs.1000 per person (senior citizens morning walkers)

    Gallery Entry Fee

    • Rs.20 per person for Indians
    • Rs.200 per person for Foreign Tourists
    • Rs.0 Free entry for up to class 12 in uniform.

    Contact: +913322231890,   +913322231891

    Near Hotels

    There are 674+ hotels available prices start from $100. 106 are available near Victoria Memorial and Out of them, the quantity of best hotels- 

    • 5-star hotels= 2 (luxuries start from Rs.3000)
    • 4-star hotels= 3
    • 3-star hotels= 35

    Budget hotels= 66 (These categories of hotels budgets start from Rs.599)

    Some hotel’s name with night stays price are given below- 

    How to Reach

    By air: The distance between Kolkata Airport and Victoria Memorial is 15km. The road distance is 17.4km. The quickest way to reach there is by taxi. It will take almost 21 minutes. There is a direct bus from Airport to Alipore Zoo which takes approximately 38 minutes and the Alipore zoo is not so far from the Victoria memorial.

    The cheapest way to reach Victoria Memorial from the Airport is to line the 175 bus. You have to pay $1 and it will take approximately 58 minutes.

    By train: Rabindra Sadan Metro Station is only 700 mts away which you can reach by foot. 

    The quickest way from Howrah Station is by taxi which takes approximately 10 minutes and costs ₹190-₹230.

    The cheapest way to reach Howrah is to line 6 bus and line 16 bus which takes almost 32 minutes and costs ₹40-₹65.

    From Dumdum station the quickest way to reach is by Taxi, which takes 13 minutes and costs $3-$4. The distance between Dumdum Station and Victoria Memorial is 10km.

    By road: Victoria Memorial is an easily accessible place. Many buses run through the city of Kolkata. You can take any of them to reach your destination. You can also hire a taxi or a cab.

    Tips for Travellers

    1. You need to have enough time to visit this place. Then, you will be able to visit the place properly.
    2. You do not actually need any guide to visit this memorial.
    3. This place is amazing for photography. So, you must take your camera with you.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes. It’s a safe place. But if you are a foreign visitor, you need to be careful during morning walks. Several kinds of people go there to walk for different purposes. So, be careful about your safety. Here is the nearest police station number for you-Maidan Police Station: +913322232462

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Photography is allowed in the garden, but not allowed in museums.

    Que-03: Which are allowed and not allowed?


    • You can take food items in the garden but not in a museum.
    • Photography is allowed in the garden, but not allowed in museums.
    • There are no facilities to store visitors’ luggage for a while. Your luggage is your responsibility.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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