July 16, 2011

Shaheed Minar - Kolkata, India

Shaheed Minar, a monumental tower, is an important landmark of Kolkata city of India. It is located near the bus stand in the Maidan area. Many processions and rallies traditionally start here.

The word "Shaheed Minar" means "the tower of martyrs". This 48 meters high monument was built in 1848 by Major General David Ochterlony, commander of the British East India Company's main force. He built this monument to commemorate his own victory in Gurkha War between 1814 and 1816. As it was built by Ochterlony, it was formerly known as the Ochterlony Monument.

If it is promoted by the Government and supported by the locals, it can become as popular as Qutb Minar of Delhi.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Shaheed Minar
Site Type: Monument
Location:  Kolkata city, West Bengal state, India 
One of the important landmarks of 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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