Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
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Howrah Bridge

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Howrah Bridge
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About Howrah Bridge

World’s fourth busiest Cantilever bridge is situated on the River Hooghly and connects the western bank of Kolkata to the eastern bank of Howrah. This bridge acts as the lifeline of Kolkata city and offers its best view from the centre of the river, although photography is restricted here.

This bridge, which handles a regular traffic of roughly 60,000 vehicles and uncountable pedestrians, is now popularly called Rabindra Setu after Rabindranath Tagore. In 1939, the construction of this bridge began, owing to the communication problem between Howrah and the-then three villages of Sutanuti, Kolkata and Gobindopur. With time, Howrah emerged to be the largest railway station in West Bengal and the centre of the metropolitan city of Kolkata.

Moreover, it was put up at the time of the 2nd World War to allow access for the Allied powers to the Burmese front. Previously there was a pontoon bridge constructed by Sir Bradford Leslie in 1874. This structure was redesigned and made into the Howrah Bridge in 1942, which was opened to the public for use since February 1943. An approximate figure of Rs. 333 crore was invested to create the strong structure of Howrah Bridge.

The bridge had two sections that covered the entire pool joining both the sides. The bridge was also lighted up by electricity. The length of the bridge was 1528 ft. and its width was 62 ft. There are two 7 ft. wide pavements on both sides of the bridge for the pedestrians and the 48 ft. road with 8 lanes allows passage of traffics and serves commuters 24 hrs.  
 

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  • Very Good 11
  • Good 4
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  • Below Average 2
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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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32 traveller reviews for Howrah Bridge

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Ramu Tridev

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  • Ramu Tridev
  • Lives in Secunderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  214 readers

"Amazing bridge, flooded with people"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This bridge is very old one and interesting place people are flooded at this place a sure visit place in Kolkata. Boat ride is also available nearby, Flower market is situated at the end of the bridge early morning at evening bridge looks more beautiful under lights.
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  • 20 votes

Mukesh Yadav

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  • Mukesh Yadav
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  27 helpful votes
  •  528 readers

"Has unique beauty"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Saw twice 1st time when took taxi from here and second time from a boat which went below from Howrah bridge. Very old still has some uniqueness in term of beauty.
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  • 24 votes

Rohit Raj

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  • Rohit Raj
  • 3 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
  •  371 readers

"A crowded beach"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is unbelievable to see with lightings from river. Fantastically built by British. Very crowded area this is. There is no supporting pillar, in a one liner it's a wonderful visiting area.
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  • 35 votes

Akhila kumar Swar

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  • Akhila kumar Swar
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  44 helpful votes
  •  511 readers

"Beautiful to see"

  • 3.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Real architectural design or we can say beautiful in seeing. Whenever I pass through the bridge I really enjoy because traffic system is so good that there is no Jam there.
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  • 33 votes

Gaurav Agrawal

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  • Gaurav Agrawal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 Reviews
  •  198 helpful votes
  •  7436 readers

"Lighting on the bridge and sound around feels awesome"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lightning on bridge is nice and you should walk the bridge at sunset or night. The noise of honking and people talking feels awesome and one can enjoy the moment.
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  • 34 votes

Lalit Kulshresht

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  • Lalit Kulshresht
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 5 Reviews
  •  41 helpful votes
  •  933 readers

"Had a live experience"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its so nice, I always seeing on TV, but its also so beautiful from near, view of Howrah station from Howrah Bridge also is nice. And I also enjoyed the ride on boat, first time I've seen a boat like that, overall enjoyed.
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Vipin Gyanchandani

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  • Vipin Gyanchandani
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 7 Reviews
  •  76 helpful votes
  •  5493 readers

"Go and watch this bridge and take a ferry but nothing special here"

  • 3.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Watching the Howrah Bridge from one of the ghats is a different experience, a 'Truly India' experience. It forces you to think how mankind has come so far building all these structures as well as at the same time, you get to see the polluted Hooghly river. It's not exactly a sight seeing, as we were waiting for the ferry from Babughat (Howrah) to Kolkata. Watching all these ferries as a mode of public transport is not something we get to see daily. In short, it was a different experience.
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  • 37 votes

Kirit Kapadia

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  • Kirit Kapadia
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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 26 Reviews
  •  439 helpful votes
  •  24442 readers

"Enjoy the view"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2015
On the way by cab from Howrah stn to Park street you pass through Howrah Bridge the landmark of kolkata must see during day time and enjoy the view.
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  • 38 votes

Sailesh Sarmah

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  • Sailesh Sarmah
  • Lives in Tinsukia
  • 7 Reviews
  •  44 helpful votes
  •  2093 readers

"Good for Evening Photography"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2014
Howrah Bridge is to Kolkata which Taj is to Agra. You have to see or drive through the bridge just for the sake of it otherwise you become outcaste. It can be photographers delight in the evening but be early as the lights are switched off at about 8 PM.
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Vinod Reddy

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  • Vinod Reddy
  • Lives in Kurnool
  • 17 Reviews
  •  157 helpful votes
  •  31921 readers

"Heritage of india, can be improved"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2014
Its a synonym for Calcutta, one should and must watch this place because its not only a bridge but its a feeling of rich culture of India it possess but it can be made better place for visitors further by good maintainance.
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