Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge

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149 Ratings & 93 Reviews

About 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 Day
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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Dolon Ghosh

  • Tourist
  • Dolon Ghosh
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 1 Review
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall Rating
  • 910

Er abhishek Mishra

  • Tourist
  • Er abhishek Mishra
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  21 readers
  • Posted 2 months ago
Overall Rating
  • 252

93 traveller reviews for Howrah Bridge

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Yusuf Ali

  • Tourist
  • Yusuf Ali
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 17 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3030 readers

"Enjoy the breeze"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2016
One of Kolkata's heritage situated over Ganga, it looks amazing at night lights. Spending time with friends enjoying breezing air of the river, anyone can come without any restrictions.
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  • 1 vote

Nilesh Jain

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  • Nilesh Jain
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 37 photos
  • 25 Reviews
  •  18 helpful votes
  •  8132 readers

"What a bridge!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2016
It is bridge which has historical values with very dependable job of serving the city of the great Kolkata. A must visit place to see the beauty of architecture.
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  • 2 votes

Lipsa Pany

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  • Lipsa Pany
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 12 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4254 readers

"Engineering marvel and that's Howrah Bridge"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 5, 2016
We took a ferry ride from Babu Ghat towards Howrah Station, ticket price is Rs. 5/-. Wind blowing and taking tour over majestic Ganga has a different feel, while crossing the river we were taken close to the Howrah Bridge and it was breathtaking. Kolkata is an ancient city with lot of history and this is one of the legends, I fell in love the engineering, in total it's a good experience. After reaching Howrah Station either you can take a ferry back or by cab your wish, I took the ferry back again Rs. 5/-.
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  • 2 votes

Kopite Kk

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  • Kopite Kk
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 34 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  14303 readers

"Huge suspension bridge"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
There are two bridges at Howrah. Old and New. The New bridge is better looking, especially at night. There is a lot of traffic on the roads so it's not like you can walk around on the bridge.
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  • Jasmin
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  832 readers

"Well-maintained bridge"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2016
Well structured and maintained bridge but too much traffic and roadside vendors on the bridge side which is very inconvenient for tourist. 1 hr is enough to visit this place. When I had visited during night time, bridge was shining with lights and other decoration which is amazing to view.
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Kamal Dahiya

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  • Kamal Dahiya
  • 40 photos
  • 54 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  15914 readers

"Engineering marvel"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
Me and my friend visited Kolkata this year in March for India vs Pakistan match, next day we decided to explore Kolkata city. First we decided to see Howrah bridge, which is nearby Howrah railway station, this bridge looks beautiful at time of sunset and sunrise. Bridge looks beautiful with yellow taxis and blue buses running on it. Photography is ban here, but you can capture this from ferries, from Hoogly river. This bridge looks more beautiful in night with violet lights.
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  • 1 vote

Prashant Karkera

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  • Prashant Karkera
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 10 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  5170 readers

"A wonderful architecture in place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
Our train was late by an hour and it reached Calcutta station in the morning. We quickly tried booking government rooms but it was full while we reached. We quickly started searching for hotel and there we were standing in front of the bridge amidst the traffic.

The photograph which we find in google is something that we could not experience. We had to quickly check the glimpse and rush to book a hotel. We were not sure if there is any other angle from which we can experience Howrah bridge based on our understanding of its look from the pictures in google.

We hired a cab and told him to first show us Howrah bridge, which he did not giving excuse that we will get stuck up in the traffic. We did not had any option as time was limited. Next day after checking out from the hotel, in the early morning we got a chance to click some picture amidst the cold weather. This time we can see howrah bridge clearly as expected and seen in google.
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  • 3 votes

Yoginder Gulaiya

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  • Yoginder Gulaiya
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 153 photos
  • 55 Reviews
  •  156 helpful votes
  •  43786 readers

"Very big and beautiful Bridge"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2016
We some friends visited Kolkata this month. Howrah Bridge is very big and so beautiful. In the evening bridge looks very very marvellous. Kolkata is better known as Howrah. Kolkata is big and beautiful city 'City of fun and joys'.
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Nakul Patel

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  • Nakul Patel
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  907 readers

"An amazing feat of engineering"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2016
This bridge is an amazing feat of engineering. A once watch place. The bridge has been built 73 years ago by British ruling over India. A once visit place, the bridge has no pillars in the river, it is a cantilever type bridge.
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Sumit kumar Singh

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  • Sumit kumar Singh
  • Lives in Buxar
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  898 readers

"Miracle of Physics"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2016
Very pleasant and beautiful sight, I loved that place. It's a great piece of engineering. The cool breeze pass through the bridge in the evening, it's so relaxing.
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  • 1 vote

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