Clock Tower in Doon “Formerly Known as Balbir Tower”
Clock Tower locally famous as Ghanta Ghar is one of the most important landmarks in Doon. It is an architectural marvel that stands in utmost grandeur in the midst of the bustling bazaars of Dehradun. The building of the tower has six faces and each face has a clock installed on it.
It is encircled by the commercial centres of the city and several small shops. One can see the names of several freedom fighters engraved on a golden plate at the Clock Tower. Presently, the Clock Tower is un-functional and is under renovation, but there was a time when the chime of the clock could be heard from far-off distances from the commercial centre.
The design of Clock Tower is inspired by the rare-Greco styled architecture. Clock Tower’s unique hexagonal shape gives it’s a distinguished feature. The tower is 85 metres long and there is a gold plate on which the names of several freedom fighters are written.
The Clock Tower earlier known as Balbir Tower is one of the celebrated monuments of Dehradun that was built to commemorate India’s Independence. The foundation of the tower was laid on July 2, 1948, by then Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Sarojini Naidu. It took about 5 years to complete the establishment and the tower was finally inaugurated by Lal Bahadur Shastri in the year 1953.
How to reach:
Clock Tower is a popular landmark in Dehradun situated near Parade Ground. Since it is located in the city centre, it can be easily reached from any part of the city. Buses from Rajpur, D.L. Road, Clement Town and Nalapani run towards this place daily. Vikram no. 1, 2, 3 and 5 also travels all the way up to this place. Dehradun railway station at 2 km away is the nearest railhead to Ghanta ghar. Jolly Grant airport at 26 km away is the closest air connectivity.