Points of Interest Nearby Kolkata Maidan
- Kolkata Race Course
- Royal Calcutta Golf club
- Shaheed Minar
- Victoria Memorial.
- Fort William
The Maidan also has a number of architectural pieces and statues most notable being the Victoria Memorial. Another famous monument is Shaheed MinarThe maidan is the property of the Indian army and also hosts the Eastern zone high command of the Indian Army in Fort William. The Eastern Command Army has celebrations on the Independence Day and the Republic Day which are held with full honor and dignity.
In Bengali this ground is known as garer math which translates to the field of the fort, since a dense jungle was cut down to build Fort William and develop the maidan. Today, it is the headquarters of the Indian Army's Eastern Command and is not open to the public. The maidan is a huge property, it stretches from as far north as the Raj Bhavan building in Esplanade and as far south as the National Library on Belvedere Rd. in Alipore, wide field stretches from the Hoogly River on the west to the Victoria Memorial on the east. The road on the maidan have little club houses which are tiny bungalows green in color that belong to various sports clubs.
Being centrally located, it’s a popular spot for holding political meetings, trade fairs and book fairs. Unfortunately the book fair is now banned due to legal bindings against the wishes of the public. Due to the rallies and fairs organized here, cleaning and maintenance of the park became very challenging. The army authorities decided to levy a caution money from organizers of the rallies and an undertaking to clear the litter and keep the maidan clean and maintain its beauty.
There are a number of stunning statues located around the maidan. In the beginning, the maidan was filled with statues of British governors and other well known personalities during the British era but after independence they were all removed and over the years, statutes of Indian personalities began to fill up the vacant plots. Today you will find statues of Ram Mohan Roy, Subhas Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi,Sri Aurobindo, Chittaranjan Das, Jawaharlal Nehru, Matangini Hazra, Pritilata Waddedar, Indira Gandhi, Gostho Pal and many others.
The Maidan in Kolkata holds grave importance to the residence in Kolkata and is also a very famous tourist spot. It’s the hub for the historical and cultural centre of Kolkata and also for leisure and entertainment.