Clock Tower in Dehradun
The clock tower, also known as “ghanta ghar,” is a popular tourist destination. It began construction in 1948 and was completed in 1953. The clock tower is located on Rajpur Road, which is surrounded by many business centers. On top of the tower is a gold plate with the names of all the freedom fighters who fought for the country’s independence and helped it break free from the bonds of British slavery.
The monument was dedicated by the revered Lal Bahadur Shastri. It was a well-known city landmark built by the British prior to India’s independence. The clock does not currently tick, but it is said that when it was first built, the peak of it could be heard from the other end of the city.
Originally known as the “Balbir Tower,” it was built to commemorate India’s independence as a symbol of celebration. In 1948, Sarojini Naidu, the then-Governor of Uttar Pradesh, laid the foundation for the monument. It stands 85 meters tall and has a unique architecture with six faces. It has significantly increased the country’s heritage value.