Maidan is a district of Kolkata. In the city's heart, the 400-hectare park stretches from the Hooghly river in the west to Chowringhee and Park Street in the east, and from the Victoria Memorial in the south to Raj Bhavan and Eden Gardens in the north. Lending its name to this area is the huge, lush, green, open parkland.
The tiger-haunted jungle which cut off the village of Chowringhee from the river was cleared and gave way to the wide grassy stretch of the Maidan of which the city is so proud. The Maidan was developed as a 5-km² parade ground for the British forces and even today is army property. It is a vast stretch of field and home to numerous playgrounds, including the famous cricketing venue Eden Gardens, several football grounds, and Kolkata Race Course. The Maidan sports several statues. The roads on the Maidan are dotted with tiny greenish bungalow tents (club houses) belonging to various sports clubs. There are numerous patches for playing. Some of the larger clubs occupy the fields with wooden galleries.
The big three of Kolkata football, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan have a noticeable presence but there also are names with faded glory such as Rangers. Somewhere in between fit in organisations such as Kennel Club and Press Club. There also are lower order clubs, who do not have much of a following but have a noticeable contribution and sometimes spring a surprise – Wari, Aryans, Rajasthan and so on – and a host of office clubs. Once in a while, the Brigade Parade Ground has political rallies with crowds numbering one hundred thousand plus.
The district consists of Babughat, the southern part of Chowringhee, Fort William and Hastings.
- 1 Babughat Bus Terminus, ~8, Strand Rd. One of the main bus termini in Kolkata alongside Esplanade. One can find interstate buses going into Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and other cities of West Bengal.
- 2 Eden Gardens railway station, ~8, Strand Rd.
- 3 Prinsep Ghat railway station, Kolkata Riverfront, Fort William (N of Vidyasagar Setu).
- 4 Maidan metro station, Chowringhee Rd.
- 5 Park Street metro station (Metro Mother Teresa Sarani), Chowringhee Rd.
- 6 Hastings tram station.
- 7 Babu Ghat, ~8, Strand Rd (near Netaji Indoor Stadium). One of the busiest ferry ghats in Kolkata. Established by Rani Rashmoni in 1830, the ghat also has a tall colonial structure, which is the landing berth of the ghat. Ferry services are available from Babughat to Howrah, Chandpal Ghat, Telkal Ghat and Bally. Free.
- 8 Bidhan Ghat, Strand Rd, Hastings (near Adi Ganga).
- 1 Bijoy Smarak (বিজয় স্মারক). Historical landmark.
- Burmese Pavilion. Set in a small lake, which was brought from Burma (now Myanmar) by Lord Dalhousie in 1854.
- 2 Fort William. In the early 18th century, a dense jungle was cut down to build the fort and develop the maidan , after the earlier mud defence was destroyed in 1756. The present fort, an irregular squat octagon was completed in 1733. It stands where Gobindapur village once stood. Today, it is the headquarters of the Indian Army's Eastern Command and is not open to the public.
- 3 Glorious Dead Memorial. Open all day. A memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers of World War I. Free.
- 4 Kitchener House.
- 5 Lascar War Memorial, Hastings. A memorial dedicated to the memory of the 896 Indian sailors (lascars) who died serving on ships of the Royal Navy and British Merchant Service during World War I.
- 6 M.P. Birla Planetarium, 96, Chowringhee Rd, (N of St. Paul's Cathedral). One of the oldest Planetaria in India. The only planetarium in the country whose dome houses a collection of projectors and optical equipment expensively imported from East Germany. It is the largest planetarium in South Asia and the second largest in the world. Daily shows in English, Hindi and Bengali. The central dome measures 25 m in diameter.
- 7 Nehru Children's Museum, 94/1, Chowringhee Road, Hazra, (Rabindra Sadan metro station), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. W-Su 11AM-7PM.
- 8 St. Paul's Cathedral, 1A, Cathedral Rd (Rabindra Sadan metro station walk 400 m toward north). The largest Anglican church in Kolkata. It was constructed in 1847 and serves as a cathedral church of Church of North India (CNI). This Gothic-styled cathedral was designed by William Nairn Forbes.
- 9 Shaheed Minar (Ochterlony Monument). Locally known as simply "Monument", the British colonial monument is 48 meters high. It is rededicated to the Indian freedom activists in 1969 and the monument was renamed to Shaheed Minar.
- 10 The 42, 42B Chowringhee Rd. At 260 m (850 ft), The 42 is the tallest building in Kolkata.
- 11 Time Ball Tower (সময় বল টাওয়ার).
- 12 Victoria Memorial, Queen's Way, ☏ , email@example.com. Tu-Su 5:30 AM-6:45 PM, Son et Lumière (English) 7:15 PM Oct-Feb and 7:45 PM Mar-Jun. The city's most celebrated landmark, this monument was built with imperial self-confidence and was the brainchild of Lord Curzon, one of India's most flamboyant Viceroys. The domed structure was completed in 1921 with marble used from Makrana. Now a museum, the Victoria Memorial's 25 galleries are spread over 2 floors. The collection covers a fascinating selection of Raj memorabilia and includes the Calcutta Gallery with oil paintings and watercolors of the city's history. Do not miss the grand Durbar Hall, inside which lies a statue of Lord Cornwallis. For garden; ₹4 for Indian; for museum ₹10 for Indian and ₹150 for foreigner. Camera free. Fee for light and sound shows are ₹10 and ₹20.
- 13 Vidyasagar Setu (Second Hooghly Bridge). With a total length of 823 m (2,700 ft), Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable–stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia. It was built 3.7 km (2.3 mi) south/downstream of Howrah Bridge. The bridge was commissioned in 1992.
- 1 Academy of Fine Arts (Visit art exhibitions).
- 2 Eastern Command Sports Stadium (Fort William Stadium) (near Vidyasagar Setu).
- 3 Eden Gardens. Named after Lord Auckland’s sister, this picturesque garden has a tiny Burmese pagoda set in a small lake. It also houses Kolkata's cricket stadium, one of the most famous cricket stadiums in the world.
- 4 Fort William Cinema Hall.
- 5 Kolkata Race Course, Hastings. Built in 1819, it is one of the best in the east and is the scene of much gaiety, especially during the winter season.
- 6 Nandan. Cinema centre. Major festivals are held here.
- 7 Netaji Indoor Stadium. Inauguarated in 1975, it can accommodate 12,000 people. The Netaji Indoor Stadium hosts a wide range of activities, from sporting events to cultural programmes. It is a venue for both national and international trade fairs. It is also used as a center of counting of votes.
- 8 Outram Ghat, Kolkata Riverfront, Strand Rd. Outram Ghat is one of Kolkata's premier riverside entertainment spots. The place is a long stretch with a grand view of the river and Vidyasagar Setu nearby. There are numerous eateries. One can also have a ride in a country-boat. The ghat (steps leading to the river) is used for bathing and religious ceremonies. there are other ghats alongside. Beware of trains moving along the circular rail track.- A pleasant walk. View the majesty of the busiest bridge in the world, the Howrah Bridge and the Vidyasagar Setu – an awesome structural feat . Or enjoy a cruise on the river in a panshi.
- 9 Prinsep Ghat Garden. Prinsep Ghat gives an excellent view of the Hooghly River and Vidyasagar Setu.
- 10 Rabindra Sadan, ☏ . Theatre and cultural centre built 1961-67.
Major chain retailers include Pantaloons (22, Camac St).
- 1 Dr B.C.Roy Market (Maidan Market, Bidhan Market), Dufferin Rd (100 m (330 ft) from Esplanade metro station). It has garments, sports goods and other shops
- 2 Emami Shoppers' City, 3 Lord Sinha Rd (between Maidan metro station and Rabindra Sadan metro station), ☏ . Coffee shops, bookshop, designer wear, toy shops, boutiques, footwear stores, electronic stores, discotheque, beauty salons, gift shops, game parlours, multiplex
- 3 Metro Plaza, 1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani (beside Tata Centre, near to Maidan metro station), ☏ , , . Locally manufactured readymade clothes. Many shops deal only in imported garments, mostly from Bangkok. The latest footwear and lingerie. Good parking facility.
- 4 Westside, Block D22 Camac St, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 11AM to 9PM. The Westside stores have numerous departments to meet the varied shopping needs of customers. These include menswear, women’s wear, kid’s wear, footwear, cosmetics, perfumes and handbags, household accessories, lingerie, and gifts. Fashionable goods priced a little on the higher side.
- 1 Jyoti Vihar, Ho Chi Min Sarani. (Near to Metro Plaza), ☏ . Offers clean and tasty South Indian food. It is completely vegetarian. It is on the same street as the US Consulate.
- New Embassy, 53A, Chowringhee Ln (right on Chowringhee Road between Theatre Road crossing and AJC Bose Road crossing), ☏ . Delicious Chinese food.
- 2 Sip & Sandwich, 1 Shakespeare Sarani, Theatre Road AC Market, Elgin (Jawaharlal Nehru Rd corner), ☏ . Vegetarian fast food
- 3 Scoop, 71 Strand Rd (Beside the river, near Fort William.), ☏ . noon to 10PM. Fast food outlet. It has an exclusive view of the river from the first floor of the restaurant. Sitting in the restaurant one can watch boats moving in the river and cars moving across Vidyasagar Setu.
- Note: For places to eat in the Park Street area see Kolkata/Esplanade
- Kabab-e-Que (The Astor), 15 Shakespeare Sarani (inside the Astor Hotel), ☏ . They serve Indian and continental cuisine, but what has made this outlet famous are the variety of kababs that go wonderfully well with drinks. Price mid-range.
- 1 Casa Fortuna Hotel, 234/1A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, ☏ , email@example.com. Deluxe single ₹5,000, Deluxe double ₹6,000.
- 2 The Senator (P.C.Chandra Group), 15 Camac St, ☏ .
- 3 The Astor, 15 Shakespeare Sarani, ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Kabab-e-Que restaurant phone +91 33 22829958 Single or double ₹7000/₹10000.
- 4 The Golden Parkk, 13 Ho Chi Minh Sarani (near Maidan metro station), ☏ , fax: , email@example.com. From ₹8,000.
- 5 New Kenilworth Hotel, 1 & 2, Little Russel Street, (From Rabindra Sadan metro station ~500 m east), ☏ , fax: , , firstname.lastname@example.org. ₹8.000-₹11,000 all tax incl..
- The Oberoi Grand, 15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata - 700 013, ☏ , toll-free: 1800-11-2030, fax: , email@example.com. ₹10,000.
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