Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
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Howrah Bridge

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Howrah Bridge
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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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Rahul Singh
  • Rahul Singh
  • 1 Review

"Bridge on river Ganga"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
You see a river along side with crowded bus and taxi. Boats are sailing below bridge. At night you will find less crowd and temperature is also comedown.
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Anjushree Sarkar
  • Anjushree Sarkar
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 4 Reviews

"The True Kolkata seen from Howrah Bridge"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The Howrah Bridge is a popular location in Kolkata as it is one of the largest hanging bridge in India and is one of the oldest. This bridge is built over the river Ganga and it is very famous as no screw has been used in making of it. The scenic beauty of the river Ganga and surrounding city Kolkata at the time of sunrise and sunset from the bridge is incredible.
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Uttam Kumar
  • Uttam Kumar
  • 11 Reviews

"One of the best bridges"

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is one of the best bridges I have been on, whenever I pass through this, I get on my feet and enjoy the air, Hoogly beneath and the hustle-bustle of all the people around. I buy some 'jhal muri' and then walk slowly from one end to another. Its cantilever structure is in mammoth scale and the vibrations of traffic moving is deep felt. The old tram track is still there but no more trams here. From top, you can see the ferries in the river and the Howrah station nearby. Its too noisy there, but it's different.
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Aftab Ahmad
  • Aftab Ahmad
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 1 Review

"Absolutely stunning piece of engineering"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Please do visit once, specially if you are an Indian. The bridge is majestic and houses a stunning piece of engineering. And don't forget to view the bridge from a ferry. You could catch a ferry from Howrah station itself (8 am-8 pm). Ferry operates in north and south direction. My advice is, catch the ferry in north towards Bag Bazaar. Fares in ferry are quite cheap.
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A S
  • A S
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews

"World famous bridge"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is life line of Kolkata as it connects Howrah and Kolkata. Also this place is Kolkata's trade mark on global arena, it is situated at Hooghly river. I am sure the amount of vehicle over here this must be the busiest bridges in the world. It is a cantilever bridge you won't see any pillar in the middle and once upon a time it also use to open in middle to give way to passing by ships.
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Abhijit Gupta
  • Abhijit Gupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 283 Reviews

"Excellent piece of engineering"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2014
Howrah Bridge really stands an iconic architecture for Kolkata. It is a marvellous piece of engineering. It is cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly River in Kolkata. The bridge joins Kolkata with Howrah.
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Prashant shekhar
  • Prashant shekhar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 7 Reviews

"Connecting Kolkata"

  • 3.50/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2014
Bridge on the Hoogly river connecting Howrah station to rest of Kolkata is known as the Howrah Bridge. Its a nice bridge but full of traffic. The scenery from the flyover is indeed very nice.
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  • 2 votes

Manish Bedade
  • Manish Bedade
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Thane
  • 22 photos
  • 28 Reviews

"Kolkata's Pride"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2013
Howrah bridge is just outside of Howrah Railway Station. It's huge and long, architecture is truly admirable.
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Nittin Mittal
  • Nittin Mittal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 136 photos
  • 139 Reviews

"Beautiful Bridge"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2013
It's a very beautiful bridge. It looks great when viewed from far distance like Howrah Station or from the river bank. It looks even more beautiful at night when as it's fully lightened with blue coloured light!! People say that earlier the bridge used to open sideways from the center in to two parts whenever any big ship had to cross from beneath, the partition at the center can still be seen!!
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Animesh  Mukherjee
  • Animesh Mukherjee
  • 8 Reviews

"Enjoyed"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2013
When ever I will go to Kolkata, I would like to go here once at least.
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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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