Vidyasagar Setu, Howrah

Vidyasagar Setu

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About Vidyasagar Setu

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Vidyasagar Setu, popularly known as the Second Hooghly Bridge is built over River Hooghly. The bridge connects the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata. With a length of 822.96 m, the Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable-stayed bridge across the country. It is also one of the longest bridges across Asia.

The bridge was built under the joint initiative of the private firms and Public Sector Undertakings, working under the supervision of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners. Vidyasagar Setu was built at an expense of Rs 388 crores. The bridge has been named after Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, the educationist reformer of Bengal in the 19th century.  

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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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10 traveller reviews for Vidyasagar Setu

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Arnav Bhowmick

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  • Arnav Bhowmick
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  365 readers

"Very beautiful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2016
Vidyanagar Setu is a very beautiful place. Sunsets and sunrises can been seen from there. Tourists in Kolkata must go over there. Nice place. I really loved that place.
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Aakash Choudhary

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  • Aakash Choudhary
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  472 readers

"Awesome and clean"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2015
Vidyasagar Setu is just so awesome and clean. In the evening it is beautified with the colorful lights and trails of taxis. The best time to visit in the evening or during sunset. Do hire a streamer and enjoy the soothing experience of Hoogly River and beneath passing by Howrah Bridge. I loved the experience.
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Amit Ghosh

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  •  130 helpful votes
  •  201623 readers

"The beauty of Kolkata"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
Stand on the popularly known second Hoogly Bridge running parallel to the Howrah Bridge. You can get the lit up view of the city. The road is little populated and enjoy the serenity of the view with a smoke. A single bike trip on this bridge can be mind boggling at night!
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Saurabh Gupta

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  • Lives in Dharamsala
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"An architectural delight with amazing views of the river"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2015
India's first ever hanging bridge is 'Vidyasagar Setu' and the Vivekananda Setu, which is famous as Second Hooghly Bridge in India and the World. It is connecting twin city 'Kolkata' and 'Howrah'. The bridge is being maintained by the H. R. B. C (Hooghly River Bridge Commission) in good manner. From this bridge, one can catch widest scenic view of beautiful city of joy Kolkata along with Victoria Memorial, Eden Gardens, Fort William, T. A. T. A Center, sky catching Chattered International, Shahid Minar, Esplanade, Princep Ghat, Howrah Bridge, Hooghly dock and Nabanna.

This is a toll bridge over river Hooghly, connecting Howrah and allied places with Kolkata, India. It is an 823 meters long, cable-stayed bridge, opened for vehicular traffic in 1992.

This is really a huge structure and can be visible mostly from building tops of South Kolkata.

It gives fantastic photo opportunities due to its superb structure, surroundings, and beautiful lighting at night. Also it beautifies Kolkata skyline and has etched itself permanently in that sense amongst other notable monuments in Kolkata like, Victoria memorial, Cathedral and Howrah Bridge. You can see Howrah Bridge from Vidyasagar Setu and vice versa.

It has Rs. 10/ toll on the Howrah approach side, for small cars and the toll is progressively higher for vehicles with more axles. No phone number is available for this attraction.

Photography while parking one's car on the bridge is prohibited strictly.
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Phoebe Paget

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  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4475 readers

"Gorgeous place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2015
We went on a river trip and had the most wonderful time with enchanting views whichever side we looked. Going at around sunset is truly breathtaking and the sight is definitely worth seeing.
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Siddhart Sanket

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  • Siddhart Sanket
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  14491 readers

"An awesome bridge"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2015
Vidyasagar setu is an awesome place and the bridge made above it is awesome. Nearby that you can also c many temples where in evening times awesome atris happens. You can sit there and pass good time.
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Akash Kumar

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  • Akash Kumar
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  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 14 photos
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  •  9 helpful votes
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"The bridge is awesome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 13, 2015
Its an awesome bridge connecting many places all together. I went on for a long drive through this bridge during the night time and the best part was the drive through UBER, cool air throughout.
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  • A S
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews
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"It has an international look"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 18, 2014
This is the second most beautiful bridge I have seen after Howrah Bridge. It is also situated on the same Hooghly River and unlike Howrah Bridge you have to pay toll over here. It happens to be longest cable bridge in India. Bridge is illuminated at night and looks very beautiful; it has a great international look. There are beautiful ghats by the side of the river where people come to spend evening at leisure. They also get clicked with Vidayasagr Setu as a back drop.
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Abhijit Gupta

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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 283 Reviews
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"Known as the Second Hooghly Bridge"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2014
Vidyasagar Setu or Second Hooghly Bridge links Kolkata and Howrah over the river Hooghly. It stands parallel to the older counterpart, i.e. Howrah Bridge. Second Hooghly Bridge is the longest cable stayed bridge in India and it is the second bridge to connect Kolkata and Howrah after Howrah bridge. The lighting of the bridge at night is amazing to see.
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  • 3 votes

Nittin Mittal

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"Great Bridge."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2013
Another beautiful bridge made in the Kolkata city. The bridge has a beautiful structure, hanged through metal wires.
It can be best viewed from the river banks nearby and while crossing the bridge. The bridge looks very beautiful at night when it is fully lighted. Evening time you can be on the ghats and enjoy the sunset and the beauty of the bridge along with having awesome pani puri and ice-cream that is available on the river bank. The bridge can also be seen from the Howrah Bridge.
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