Golghar

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

For a dome with a view, climb this massive, bulbous granary, built by the British army in 1786. The idea behind its construction was to avoid a repeat of the 1770 famine; fortunately it was never required. Its dual spiralling staircases (250 steps each) were designed so that workers could climb up one side and down the other.

The viewing gallery on top of the monument affords unparalleled vistas of the city and Ganges. Golghar is a short walk west of Gandhi Maidan, a large, messy park with a couple of sights located south of the river.