Eco Park is undoubtedly the best-decorated park in Kolkata. It houses a lot of activities like cruising, ice skating, cycling, kayaking, zorbing, etc. It also has segregated area as a deer park, butterfly garden. Replica of Seven Wonders of the World is the recent addition to this park. We wish everybody to visit the original seven wonders of the world. But those who really can’t afford due to any problems may visit Eco park to enjoy the miniature or replica version of those wonders, listed below
- Taj Mahal, India
- Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
- Great Wall of China, China
- Christ the Redeemer Statue, Brazil
- The Roman Colosseum, Rome
- Petra, Jordan
- Easter Island Statue, Chile
Although there are a lot of debates on the list of Seven Wonders the above are the most popular ones and most of all, these have been replicated in Eco Park Kolkata. Let’s discuss briefly these Wonders with replica images.
Taj Mahal, India:
Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble (famous as makrana marble) mausoleum on the bank of Yamuna river, in Agra city. Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan built it to house the tomb of his favorite wife Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to be completed in 1653 at an estimated cost of INR 32 million at that time. UNESCO designated The Taj Mahal World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Many regarded the Taj Mahal as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors every year. In 2007, it was declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative. Learn More here.
Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt:
The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering present-day El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Some Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC. Initially, at 146.5 meters (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.
Originally, the Great Pyramid was covered by limestone casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface; what is seen today is the underlying core structure. Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base. There have been varying scientific and alternative theories about the Great Pyramid’s construction techniques. Most accepted construction hypotheses are based on the idea that it was built by moving huge stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting them into place. Learn more here.
Great Wall of China, China:
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials. Generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe with an eye to expansion. Several walls were being built from as early as the 7th century BC. These were later joined together and made bigger by Qin Shi Huang (220–206 BC), the first Emperor of China. The most well-known of the walls were built during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).
Apart from defense, other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.
A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the walls built by the Ming dynasty measure 8,850 km (5,500 mi). This is made up of 6,259 km (3,889 mi) sections of actual wall, 359 km (223 mi) of trenches and 2,232 km (1,387 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measures out to be 21,196 km (13,171 mi). Today, the Great Wall is generally recognized as one of the most impressive architectural feats in history. It was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Learn more here.
Eco-Park from the top of The Great Wall of China (Replica) looks amazing.
Christ the Redeemer Statue, Brazil:
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 meters (98 ft) high, excluding its 8-meter (26 ft) pedestal. The arms stretch 28 meters (92 ft) wide.
The statue weighs 635 metric tons (625 long, 700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-meter (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil and is listed as one of the New7Wonders of the World. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. Learn more here.
The Roman Colosseum, Rome:
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheater ever built. The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000. Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers. The Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is listed as one of the New7Wonders of the World. Learn more here.
The Petra, originally known to its inhabitants as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. This Petra city lies on the slope of Jabal Al-Madbah in a basin among the mountains. Which form the eastern flank of the Arabah valley that runs from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra is believed to have been settled as early as 9,000 BC. It was possibly established in the 4th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataean Kingdom.
The city is accessed through a 1.2-kilometre-long (0.75 mi) gorge called the Siq, which leads directly to the Khazneh. Famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system, Petra is also called the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. In 2007, Al-Khazneh was voted in as one of the New7Wonders of the World. Learn more here.
Easter Island Statue, Chile:
The Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. This Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.
Some believe that Easter Island’s Polynesian inhabitants arrived on Easter Island sometime near 1200 AD. They created a thriving and industrious culture, as evidenced by the island’s numerous enormous stone moai and other artifacts. However, land clearing for cultivation and the introduction of the Polynesian rat led to gradual deforestation. Learn more here.
Entry Fees & Timings:
Entry fee per head is INR 30/- in addition to INR 30/- to enter Eco-park. This place timings, Tuesday to Saturday – 02:30 PM to 08:30 PM, Sunday – 12 PM to 08:30 PM, Monday – Closed. Ticket Counter will close at 07:30 PM.
This place has a cafe inside, cafe Ekante. My experience was bad here, the chicken sandwich was not fresh and seems overpriced. Although there are few snack & tea stalls outside of the perimeter, they can give food to you through the railings. For washroom and drinking water, you can use Eco park facilities at a short distance.
Two-wheeler parking is available in Gate 1, 3 & 5 for INR 20/-. Four-wheelers parking available at Gate 1, 4 for INR 50/-.
How to Reach:
These days, transportation to Eco Park is not a big challenge, almost every place in Kolkata has some mode of transit available to reach there.
Nearby Places to Visit:
Biswa Bangla Shilpi haat, Mother’s Wax Museum, Biswa Bangla Gate are few nearby places worth visiting.
P.S. You cannot re-enter the Seven Wonder’s arena. Try to visit after 4 PM so that you can enjoy Seven Wonder’s replica with colorful lighting too. Please do not litter inside the Eco Park, otherwise, you may get penalized.
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