Howrah Tourism

Howrah Tourism

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Howrah Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • District: Howrah
Howrah is a municipal corporation located in the Howrah District in the state of West Bengal. In fact, it is the headquarters of the Howrah District as well as the Howrah Sadar subdivision of the district.

Situated on the west bank of the Hooghly River, Howrah is the twin city of Kolkata and is connected over the Ganges by four bridges the Vivekananda Setu, Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge), the Vidyasagar Setu and the Nivedita Setu. Moreover, the Howrah Station also serves as the terminal for both the South Eastern Railway and the Eastern Railway.

Tourists visiting Howrah have a lot of attractions to look out for. A trip to the city would be incomplete without a visit to the Great Indian Banyan Tree at the Indian Botanical Gardens. This banyan tree is famous for having the biggest canopy in the world. The botanical garden is also the oldest in the country and was established in 1786.

Near the Botanical Garden is the technical institute of the Bengal Engineering College. The temple of Madangopaljiu Bagnan at the Mellak village was constructed in the year 1651 and is popular for its unique display of terracotta art. Besides, the city has a big temple of Lord Rama which also hosts a grand fair during the festival time. The Santragachhi Jheel is an equally popular attraction that sees good number of migratory birds in winter.

The village of Gadiara, located at the meeting point of the Rupnarayan, the Damodar and the Hooghly River is popular as a weekend destination. The village also has a lighthouse and Fort Mornington Point which attract tourists. Belur Math is another important destination to visit. It is a monastery devoted to Ramakrishna Order and was founded by the followers of Sri Ramakrishna after he passed away.

Howrah is known for the Howrah Bridge and the Howrah station. The Howrah Bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu, was opened to the public in 1943 and is one of the biggest cantilever truss bridges in the world. The bridge was given the name of Rabindra Setu in 1965 and is presently used by over 400,000 pedestrians and 150,000 vehicles every day.

The Howrah Station was made operational in 1854 and has one of the largest railway platforms in the world. Tourists visiting the station will find the old charm of the colonial era still looming large.

Howrah can be reached easily by air from the Kolkata Airport, by rail from any corner of India and by road from the neighbouring states and most of West Bengal. Transportation within the city is well served by buses and taxis.

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Howrah Traveller Reviews

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Akansha Pandey

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  • Akansha Pandey
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  471 readers

"Superb place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2016
I came to Howrah with my father and mother in the semester break of my college. We stayed in the flat of my elder sister who works in TCS. Next day, we booked a taxi and planned to visit the famous places of Howrah. We visited place like Howrah Bridge, Alipore zoo, Victoria Memorial, Dakshineswar, Belurmath and Science City. We enjoyed a lot especially in Science City and Alipore zoo. We ate different types of food like fish chop, Chicken momo, Jeera rice, Chatpata paneer, Bhelpuri, Rosogula and many more items. So, I highly recommend other to visit Howrah.
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Ravikant Ravi

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  • Ravikant Ravi
  • 15 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Howrah, most visited city of Kolkata"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2015
Howrah is one of the famous place in Kolkata. Howrah station is one of the biggest sation in India. Howrah is also famous because of Howrah Bridge. Howrah Bridge is one of the longest Bridge in Aisa. Food of Howrah is also fantastic. I liked Howrah too much.
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Abhisekh Prasad

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  • Abhisekh Prasad
  • Lives in Raipur
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome and amazing place visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2015
I visit Howrah with my family. I visited Alipur Zoo, Science city, Dakshineshwar, Belurmath, Botanical Garden, Howrah Bridge. I seen many animals in Alipur Zoo. I also saw a short science film in science city. I ate fast food from the road side market. So, I recommend to must visit the Alipur Zoo, Science city.
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Sreenivasa Mummadi

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  • Sreenivasa Mummadi
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Kurnool
  • 41 Reviews
  •  48 helpful votes
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"City of Joy in India-Howrah"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
Howrah and Kolkata are cities known as city of joy. The city offers you a comfortable stay and there are people of different cultures living harmoniously. You can get a food from Rs1 to 1000 varying different budgets of different people. The local train offers you a best economical and cheapest mode of transport in the city. The mini bus transport makes a city lovable to ply from one end to another in a cheaper way. To the best of my knowledge Kolkata is a most economical metro compared to other metro cities.
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Shashi Kashyap

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  • Shashi Kashyap
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
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"Howrah -A known palace"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 4, 2015
It is very good palace to visit into and to see the Howrah bridge which doesn't have any pole or pillar down side. Monsoon is also very good in this city. Kolkata is also known as joy of city because of its lovely sweets and joyful weather. The place I use to stay is Jadavpur which comes under busy area where every time you see lots of people specially in peak and festivals time like the most famous one Durga puja, which is most famous festival in Kolkata.
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  • Akshit
  • Lives in Patna
  • 1 Review
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"Nice trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 29, 2015
The experience of Howrah bridge is unforgettable. The river, the traffic, people and undoubtedly one of the best architect masterpiece, this bridge is a perfect place to carry some memorable moments in your life. Further the festival of Durga Puja celebrated in this part of the country has a long lasting effect on you. The city so beautifully decorated that you will roam around the whole day still there's plenty left behind.
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Argha Bhowmick

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  • Argha Bhowmick
  • Lives in Howrah
  • 1 Review
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  1812 readers

"An awesome developing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2015
It's awesome. Every time when I go Howrah, I feel fresh. Howrah station one of the biggest station in India. I am lucky to visit it. I go there lot of time, specially in winter, really it's adventurous. Last month when I went there, I was surprised to see its development. So guys please go there once.
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Krishna Singh

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  • Krishna Singh
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  147 helpful votes
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"Exciting old city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 9, 2014
The journey to Kolkata was a heart winning experience. It is really a place with cheap and high service. I liked the place very much and in future if given a chance, Then i will not miss it at any cost. As each and every place were very very old like sculptures and architectures. Kolkata is very old city and all the buildings are very high and heavy, made in British times. Loved the city at each step,and people are very cultured .
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Thulaseedharan Achary

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  • Lives in Punalur
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"A beautiful bridge with beautiful flower market"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2014
I visited Kolkata during October 2013. Among the attractions, the gigantic flower market under Howrah bridge attracted me a lot. It was a wonderful flower market with an approximate 500 m of circular area equipped with flowers and buds. Flowers in various stages, fully blossomed, semi blossomed and buds were arranged. Various types of flowers of India, especially rare ones from Himalayas were available there which were very beautiful and charming and the merchants were ready for sales. I recommend everyone to visit this paradise during visit to Kolkata.
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Kaberi Prasad

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  • Kaberi Prasad
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"A Day Out in Gadiara, Howrah"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2014
We visited Gadiara just to spend some good time near the river bank of Rupnarayan which was really worth it. It was a very hot day and still we travelled by local train from Howrah to Bagnan; then moved towards Gadiara via Shyampur through Auto service. The Auto service is very frequent and cheap considering the distance and is available from early morning to till 7 pm. We spent the whole day at Gadiara. As it was too hot, we had to stay in a hotel room till 3.30 pm, then we moved to the "MOHONA" when the sky became cloudy and the beauty of river was mesmerizing. We experienced the rain and the storm at the riverside and it was very soothing after the hot sunny day. One can easily spend a night at Rupnarayan Tourist guest house or Morsel Guest house (the most reliable and budgeted hotel with quality food) and must be booked before hand. One can also visit "Geokhali" by ferry service from Gadiara to experience the water ride & the scenic beauty. It is a very popular weekend tourist spot and the best time to visit is in Rainy season or in winter.
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