The Telegraph
Sunday , July 6 , 2014
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Tourism honours for Victoria

The most well-known address in the city has been declared a “top choice” by some of the most popular travel websites and publishers across the globe.

Travel website Tripadvisor has awarded Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH) a “Certificate of excellence 2014”. This honour has been accorded to VMH for the second year on the trot.

Travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has recognised VMH as a “top choice” — a rating granted to no other museum in India except the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai. That’s not all, tourism information publisher Fodor’s has given the home of the spinning fairy a “Fodor’s Choice” rating — an honour confined to VMH alone in India.

Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator, VMH, sees in the accolades the monument’s international appeal. “We are by far the most-visited museum in India. In 2013-14, the footfall recorded was more than 33 lakh. This recognition means that we are not only the most-visited museum in India but also among the most-visited museums in the world. All the agencies that have conferred this honour on us operate on a global scale. So we can safely say that this marks the globalisation of VMH.”

The monument in marble was conceived by Lord Curzon in 1901 and built over 20 years. Its architecture is a mixture of Italian Renaissance and Saracenic styles. Attractions include the statue of King George V facing his wife Mary and the Calcutta Gallery.