Good Morning Kolkata
Victoria Memorial Hall
The Victoria Memorial was built to commemorate the peak of the British Empire in India. It is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata. Built entirely of white marble, Victoria Memorial, one of India's most beautiful monuments, represents a unique combination of classical European architecture and Mughal motifs. The Victoria Memorial blends the best of the British and Mughal architecture. The Victoria Memorial hall was built with white Makrana marbles. The Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone of Victoria Memorial in 1906 and it was inaugurated in 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria. The building was designed by Sir William Emerson President of the British Institute of Architects. The Victoria Memorial is 338 by 228 feet and a height of 184 feet. The domed and white marble museum sprawls over 64 acres and is set in a landscaped garden at the southern side of the Kolkata's maidan (ground. Statues of former British rulers sculpted by Italian craftsmen that used to adorn street corners all the way along Chowringhee and the Maidan, are now scattered around the large garden of the monument.
Today the Victoria Memorial Hall is a museum having an assortment of Victoria memorabilia, British Raj paintings and other displays. As night descends on Calcutta, the Victoria Memorial Hall is illuminated, giving it a fairy tale look. At the top of the Victoria Memorial is a sixteen foot tall bronze statue of victory, mounted on ball bearings. It rotates with wind. At present the Victoria Memorial has notable collection of weapons, sculptors, paintings, maps, coins, stamps, artifacts, textiles etc. The Royal gallery in Victoria Memorial has portraits of the Queen and Prince Albert. There are numerous paintings, illustrating events from Victoria's life. Another remarkable peace in Victoria Memorial is a painting by the Russian artist Vasseli Verestchagin, portraying the state entry of the Prince of Wales in Jaipur in the year 1876. In the post independence period a new addition was made to the Victoria Memorial. It was the addition of the National leaders' gallery with the portraits and relics of the freedom fighters.
Kolkata, the city located in the eastern part of India has a sub-tropical climate. It is situated on the Gangetic delta and is very close to the Bay of Bengal. As such the Kolkata weather is heavily influenced by the sea. Kolkata experiences three major seasons of summer, monsoon and winter. The period between June to September is the monsoon season in Kolkata. Kolkata experiences heavy rains during the monsoons. Monsoon is influenced by the southeast monsoon winds. The average annual rainfall is about 1582 mm. The downpour is the maximum in the month of August. The city has the reputation of being flooded even after 30 minutes downpour. It is very common to us to find that the streets are waterlogged and tranport system is fully out of gear after a downpour. So be prepared for that and please no leather shoes go for rubber/plastic one.Beside this the city is cool no need to take special/extra caution. Its a happy going like city with lots of people all over. If you can feel the nerve of the city you will love to spend quite a days here Anyways, if you (by chance) stay here for few days and are a food lover then this is the place. Taste the famous "HILSA FISH" (boneless one) . This is the right time to have this fish(available mainly in monsoon only). We call it the king of all fish.
The main reason many foreigners come to Kolkata at this time is because they are a little fascinated with the monsoon and wanted to experience it. They are interested to see how people manage at this time of year.
Nothing like a rain walk or to be more precise - to get drenched and chilled to the bone in the monsoons.once you done that, you will never stop.
"Black humor"? The banners on this local train in Kolkata are promoting for Life Insurances whereas the travellers do a perilous job hanging outside the train.
Kolkata, the city of joy is famous for its Tram Service. One of the most enduring images of Kolkata is the python like tramcars. It is the only city in India to have a tram network. The Calcutta Tramways Company Limited happens to be a West Bengal state government undertaken company that is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of trams in Kolkata. Trams are often blamed for the slowness of traffic. Therefore there are many people who want to abolish the tram. On the other hand, the environment-friendliness and the old charm of the trams attract lot of people. Several well-meaning persona have vociferously opposed phasing out of tramcars from Kolkata, if only for the reasons that they are pollution-free and that they represent Kolkata’s rich heritage.
Talking of trams in Kolkata, the visions that pass like a kaleidoscope are their trundling with a droning crushing noise often at a speed less than a cyclist’s, the utterly unkempt and dangerous tracks they run on, and of course the lengthy traffic jams they nonchalantly create in peak hours. A change is now on the anvil.Close to having the tracks concretized after much hemming and hawing, the CTC is for the first time in several decades thinking of getting completely new-look tramcars with ‘modern amenities’. History of Kolkata Trams Service (Calcutta Tramways Company)-Responsible for managing tramways in Kolkata, Kolkata Trams Service (Calcutta Tramways Company) started the first horse driven tram carriage service in the year 1873 between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat Street.
Kolkata Trams Service (Calcutta Tramways Company) provides a cheap mode of transportation. So when on a trip to Kolkata make it a point to avail of the Kolkata Trams Service and embark on a joy ride.
Bird's Eye View
Belur Math - the place where The Ramakrishna Mission was established by Swami Vivekananda when he placed the ashes of his master Sri Ramakrishna, and laid the foundation for a temple for it. The temple has a beautiful and pleasant dark sandstone colour. As soon as you enter it, you would be in some other world. The temple is like any other Ramakrishna Math with an idol made of marble of Sri Ramakrishna seated in Samadhi. Apart from the main temple there are temples of Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda (here his ashes are preserved) and also Swami Brahmananda.
Before going to main temple as soon as you enter after a few minutes of walk, on the left hand side is a RKM Museum. Inside there are two floors full of artifacts, personal belongings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda and the brother monks. Items on display include models of the houses or the places that the Swami and his master visited, books, clothes etc etc. Its a great journey into the lives of those spiritual giants. Its to be seen to be experienced.
The Dakshineshwar temple was made in the mid 1800 by Rani Rashmoni, the windowed landlady of great riches and equally great devotion. The right hand side as you enter the courtyard has twelve identical Shiva temples . Then first on the left is the RadhaKanta, Radha Krisha temple followed by the Kali(Bhavatarini) temple. The temples are grand in their own. Opposite the main Kali deity is the Natya Mandir where cultural events used to be held. The temple actually has a outlook of harmony towards all forms of Hindu worship - Vaishnav, Shaiva and Shakti; hence the different temples in the same premises. Right opposite down the road is the Nahabat, where the holy mother Sarada Devi used to stay, cook and meditate.
The Dakshineshwar temple
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