Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
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Howrah Bridge

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Howrah Bridge
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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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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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Kirit Kapadia
  • Kirit Kapadia
  • Critic
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 25 Reviews

"Enjoy the view" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Sailesh Sarmah
  • Sailesh Sarmah
  • Lives in Tinsukia
  • 7 Reviews

"Good for Evening Photography"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • Vinod Reddy
  • Lives in Kurnool
  • 17 Reviews

"Heritage of india, can be improved"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Vikas
  • Vikas
  • Lives in Adoni
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing and good place for family"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Tremendous piece of construction just above the hugli river. Best time to visit this place is the time of evening at the sunset. The shadow of the setting sun into the river gives very amazing view. The breeze around there feels very flawless. Good place to visit with family.
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Vikrant Bhatt
  • Vikrant Bhatt
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 10 Reviews

"Amazing architecture to watch at least once"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Amazing architecture to watch at least once. Busiest bridge in Kolkata. One can walk as well as travel through cab or auto over it. I used it to go to Horwah Railway Station. Its one of the tourist spot of Kolkata built over a famous river. There is no food stalls but footpath is there to walk over and cross the bridge.
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Rahul Chaurasia
  • Rahul Chaurasia
  • Lives in Deoria
  • 3 Reviews

"The bridge is beautiful during Sunset"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2014
Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge having no support with beam. It is very large hanging on Hooghly River. Instead of nut bolt rivet is used in bridge. At the sunset time, one can see the beautiful bridge.
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Varun Sundar
  • Varun Sundar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"Enchanting bridge"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2014
The attraction truly lived up to its hype. One destination is worth travelling for. The very first look of it feels us that this destination is special. The place is worth to explore for both foreign and local travellers. I would recommend visiting this marvellous monument either in early morning or at late evening.
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Arpan Banerjee
  • Arpan Banerjee
  • Lives in Noida
  • 16 photos
  • 11 Reviews

"Howrah Bridge- The Pride Of Bengal"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2014
Howrah Bridge, the only bridge in the whole world where it stands’ without the support of any pillar. Built during the era of British time the bridge covers a distance of 705 metre, thus won’t be wrong saying it’s an important part of daily transportation for Kolkata.
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Prasun Kumar
  • Prasun Kumar
  • 4 Reviews

"Just awesome to go with your loved one"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Aug 19, 2014
It is a great place to walk around especially at night. Great serene and awesome view will soothe your eyes. You just can't miss it especially if you are visiting Kolkata. My advice: Take a walk with your loved one especially at night.
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Ankit  Rai
  • Ankit Rai
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 4 Reviews

"Sunset view from the bridge is very beautiful"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Aug 18, 2014
It is a very attractive long bridge with beautiful water current of Ganga below and a huge bridge above. The scenes will be in my mind for lifetime. Sunset view from the bridge is very beautiful.
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