July 9, 2011

Kolkata Maidan - India

The word "Maidan" in Hindi language literally means "open field". There could be various types of tourist sites such as parks, wild life santuaries, gardens, amusement parks, temples, lakes, beach, hill stations, etc. Perhaps Kolkata (located in India) is the only major city having "maidan" as an important tourist site.

Maidan is located at the heart of Kolkata city. A lot of important Government buildings and tourist sites such as Victoria Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral and Birla Planetarium are located around maidan. The historical importance of maidan and the location are the two important factors for maidan to become a popular tourist site.

It is definitely a boon for the otherwise congested city. To get the status of tourist site, it also has historical significance. In 1758 CE, after the victory at battle of Plassey, the British started constructing the Fort William to avoid the invasion from the enemies. After building the fort in 1773 CE, the British cleared the area surrounding the fort. The cleared area is now called as maidan. This huge open ground has also witnessed a lot of historically important political rallies after independence.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Maidan
Site Type: Ground
Location:  Kolkata city, West Bengal state, India 
One of the most important tourist sites in Kolkata
Nearest Railway Station: Kolkata - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Kolkata has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable from Kolkata
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Kolkata
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Kolkata city

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  1. Always like tips on finding green places in cities - I do love cities but I need a bit of time out sometimes.
    And I love the name of your blog!