Clock towers, commonly known as ‘Ghantaghar’, are very popular structures available in many
cities of India. Apart from telling the time, they tell the history of the place. They are
architectural master pieces, built in different styles of architecture depending upon who
constructed them. Unfortunately, not much information about these clock towers is available and
they have not been chronicled. Even the public is not aware about the existence of clock towers
in their city. Therefore, it’s no surprise that these clock towers are standing uncared for, many in
dilapidated state. There is urgent need to preserve these heritage structures and initiate steps to
renovate and bring them to their old glory.
The author has included 99 clock towers, existing in 57 cities spread over 15 States and 3 Union
Territories of India, in this book. The book introduces the cities, mentioning interesting facts
about their history and traces the details of construction of the clock towers. The author has also
outlined a plan of action for making the maintenance of clock towers self sustaining. The book is
of interest to the tourists, students of history, architecture and engineering and the municipalities
of various cities having clock towers.