Shahid Minar in Kolkata

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The Shahid Minar in Kolkata, West Bengal was built by Sir David Ochterlony in the year 1948 to immortalize his astounding triumph in the Nepal War that took place in the period between 1814 and 1816. This skyscraper monument standing at approximately 48 meters enlightens the night sky of the Maidan region situated in the hub of Kolkata, as it is superficially illuminated by a dazzling shower of bright light from all its corners.

Shahid Minar in Kolkata, literally meaning 'The Tower of the Martyrs', is indeed a spectacle to watch out for in this busy city of joy.

  • Located in the north east facet of the Maidan.
  • Although it is open to visitors from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, the most suitable time to pay a visit is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and in the evening from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
  • Admission is free.
  • A special pass is to to retrieved from the Deputy Commissioner of Police, from the branch located at Lal Bazar, to gain access to this tower.
  • Closest railway station is Howrah.
  • Photography is sternly restricted.
  • Closest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.
The Shahid Minar in Kolkata was contrived by a famous British architect JP Parker. On careful inspection one can easily conclude that there is an exquisite blend of Syrian, Egyptian and Turkish engineering in its construction.

If you are a person with raging adrenaline then you can take on the daunting feat to capture the acme of the Shahid Minar in Kolkata. You will have to climb a total of 218 steps to reach the summit of Shaheed Minar. But once you get there, the panoramic view of the city of joy is sure to leave you awe-stricken.

People with heart-trouble are advised not to climb the tower.

Last Updated on : 01 August 2011