Victoria Memorial is the most renowned building in Kolkata. In fact, it is the iconic face of the city (just like Eiffel Tower is of Paris). A trip to Kolkata in incomplete without visiting Victoria Memorial and can be counted among top 10 must do things  when in this city.
Sure enough, during our trip to the city last year, we spent almost half a day at this wonderful and spacious memorial complex. 
Victoria Memorial, as the name itself suggests, was built in loving memory of Queen Victoria of England, who was also called by the title of ” Empress of India” during British rule of India; it was inaugurated in 1921. Today, it is a fine example of British style architecture and serves as a museum and one of the most visited tourist attraction in the city.
The Memorial is always thronged by crowds when its open and on the day we visited, it was the same. A long line of crowds outside the gates of the memorial greeted us.
It was a hazy day, so the main building was not clearly visible from the entrance gate, however, I managed some nice shots.
There were crowds inside the memorial grounds too, however, since the gardens surrounding it was very spacious, there was space for every one 🙂

 Victoria Memorial is a photographer’s delight and I made the most of the opportunity too, clicking many shots.

Before I realised, it was almost 2 hours spent clicking pics and admiring the Memorial building, and the beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding it. Time to say ciao!!

But not before, I said  hi! to Queen Victoria herself, yeah that’s her below, still residing over the empire on which sun never sets!! 🙂
Victoria Memorial holds special childhood memories for me, as my parents, who are from this city, always used to come with us at least once during our summer holidays. Each time,  I left this place with a special image in my mind from this place. 
This time too, my day was made when I spotted this dog feeding and caring for her kids in a sweet corner inside the museum!!
So, when in Kolkata don’t miss visiting Victoria Memorial and you will definitely leave this place with some wonderful images in your camera and mind.

P.S.  ~ If you wanna know what else to do when in this  city, read here, here and here.

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  2. Hello, Shooting Star and thank you for coming to The Marmelade Gypsy and leaving such a kind comment. Your blog is lovely and fascinating and I plan to drill down a bit soon. India has always fascinated me — my father served there during WWII. Your photographs are stunning. Thanks for the beautiful images to savor.

  3. What a wonderful blog you have here. So glad we discovered it. And the architecture of Kolkatta is so great… very nice pictures.

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  4. I miss this city man! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Victoria memorial holds a special place in mu heart…I and mu hubby used to go there during our college days and we were unemployed loads of sweet and bitter exp you know ! 🙂


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  5. Such a beautiful place set back in time. I love all your pictures, especially the hazy shot. Will surely be packing this one in my itinerary list the next time I am in Kolkata!

  6. I love your post. First because it is a place I would like to visit and second because the photos are amazing. They is probably the third reason there somewhere but I'm too tired to think.

  7. Most fascinating and impressive. One more reason Winston didn't want to give up the raj! Your blog is convincing me that the wife and I need to think about visiting India some day….:)

  8. Ah,I love this stretch of the city! From Lindsay Street to Camac Street-Shakespeare Sarani crossing and Victoria Memorial happens to be one of my all time favourite places! I just can't have enough of it! Specially during Winter. We had one of our meets over there toh! You saw the pictures?

  9. Wonderful building. The British have a tasteful architectural sense 🙂 How I wish I could be in such places now – I will click away to glory! 🙂 BTW, the Queen is rather fat, don't you think?

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  10. I visited Kolkata in December and made it a point to go see Victoria Memorial as well. Interestingly, that dog you have pictured had just had her litter around that time. We took more pictures of the newborn pups than we did of the historic building itself!

  11. Good pics!

    The wife and I had visited Victoria Memorial when I was posted at Kolkata. We enjoyed the trip.

    You have an eye for unfolding of life. The photo of the dog feeding her offspring is a great capture!!!


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