This beehive shaped structure is one of the famous landmark of the city. Situated on the Dujra main road, just before the Gandhi Maidan, it provides a wonderful view of the city from the top. On one side, the vast stretches of the river Ganga is easily seen overlooking the Bankipur Girls High School, on the other side, it provide an eye soothing view of the city. Biscoman Bhavan stands tall amid all building in the vicinity.
This structure was made as a Granary to store the
food grains after the great famine of 1770 AD.
It was completed on 20th July, 1786 AD by
Captain John Garstine Engineer. The height of
this structure is 29 m, with a base of 125 m
having thickness of wall at the base as 3.6 m.
There is an opening at the top for filling the dome
with grains. There are 4 entrance gate at the base.
There are 2 separate staircase for going up and
coming down. The door at the bottom were
designed to be opened from inward. Hence, soon
it was learnt that once it is filled with grains, it
would be difficult to open the gate.
Hence this structure was never put in practical
Golghar is situated in a campus which has been developed as park by the government recently. The campus has pathways, open air theater, arrangement for laser show and toilet rooms. Though there are 145 stairs and at one glance it looks tough to ascend, but going up & viewing the city has at all wonderful experience. There is a proposal to open the inside of Golghar to the public in the form of a museum containing various aspect of the historic monument. A not to be missed destination.