Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge

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Howrah Bridge
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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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36 traveller reviews for Howrah Bridge

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Subrata Das

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  • Subrata Das
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  624 readers

"Recommended one" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I really love to see Howrah bridge. It is Kolkata's most beautiful place. Im glad to say that I saw the Howrah bridge and it is awesome view. I saw this many times and I feel awesome to see that. Every man have to see this. I want to recommend to all the people.
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  • 2 votes

Ishank Gupta

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  • Ishank Gupta
  • Lives in Surat
  • 13 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  859 readers

"Nice bridge and glittering in night" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The bridge has many weldings and looks nice at night with the street lights glowing and glittering all over the area. The bridges also waves sometimes because of continuous traffic moving around. An all over nice experience travelling around.
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Archita Banerjee

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  • Archita Banerjee
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 7 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  797 readers

"The magical view of Howrah Bridge" new review

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The Howrah Bridge is the gateway to Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. Located over the Hooghly River, this historical bridge dates back to the era of British rule in India. You can spend some moments of solitude here, as the sunsets in the sacred River Ganges. Howrah Bridge looks enchanting at night, lit with colored lights.
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Satyendra Dwivedi

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  • Satyendra Dwivedi
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 59 photos
  • 47 Reviews
  •  183 helpful votes
  •  25692 readers

"Life line of Kolkata"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Thousands of people cross this everyday! It can be easily considered as lifeline of Kolkata. This connects Howrah with Kolkata. An engineering marvel, still looks fascinating. A must see place in your Kolkata itinerary.
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Ramu Tridev

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

"Amazing bridge, flooded with people"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  • 13 Reviews
  •  27 helpful votes
  •  4094 readers

"Has unique beauty"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2015
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
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
  •  906 readers

"A crowded beach"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2015
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
  •  46 helpful votes
  •  1085 readers

"Beautiful to see"

  • 3.00/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
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
  •  199 helpful votes
  •  10058 readers

"Lighting on the bridge and sound around feels awesome"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2015
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
  •  1586 readers

"Had a live experience"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2015
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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  • 37 votes

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