We reached the Victoria Memorial Museum in Kolkata only to be greeted by the grand sight of a white marble palace. It was truly a marvel. Inaugurated by the Prince of Wales, who later became King George V, on December 1921, the Victoria Memorial is as grand as it was more than ninety years ago. The idea of building this monument was given by Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India in 1901 after the demise of Queen Victoria. The construction work was done by Messrs Martin & Co. One of the main features of the building is the 16 feet statue of the Angel of Victory on top of the central dome.
The kids were reminded of the Taj Mahal by the external look of the monument. The lawns around the memorial are lush green and very well maintained. The lake is pristine and the place is a haven for couples romancing each other. The interior of the memorial is huge and spacious. There are a huge number of galleries inside the museum housing portraits, sculptures, armours and a host of other items. Even here there is a huge collection of books from the olden days. The centre of attraction lies in the middle of the Royal Gallery. It is a rosewood pianoforte from Queen Victoria’s childhood and a correspondence desk of hers from the Windsor Castle. These items were presented to the Victoria Memorial by King Edward VII.
The Calcutta gallery of the Victoria Memorial Museum depicted the history of the city and its gradual development over the years. The evolution of the city right from the days of Job Charnock to 1911 when the capital of the country was shifted to Delhi from Calcutta is shown in visual form. The huge garden area is maintained by a team of dedicated gardeners working throughout the year. We felt the cool breeze and watched the sunset sitting on the lawns. After sunset, the Light and Sound show was a visual treat as we kept taking some wonderful photographs. We returned to the hotel at night and went out for dinner to Park Street at night. It was truly a memorable day.