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Built over the Hooghly River, Howrah Bridge is the remarkable bridge in the West Bengal and holds a significant international laurel. Formerly, the bridge was named as Pontoon Bridge. Later, it was named as a New Howrah bridge. Now, it is colloquially called Howrah Bridge. It is one of the most beautiful and eye-catching attractions of Kolkata. It is situated in Howrah in the metropolitan city of West Bengal. The Bridge is an iconic landmark that is known to almost everyone in the country and beyond. It is suspended over the Hooghly river and the view from there is nothing less than mesmerizing. It is extremely easy to reach to the place since it is located in one of the biggest cities of West Bengal i.e Howrah.

History of Howrah Bridge

The discussion on Bridge over Hooghly River started in the year 1862 when the Government of Bengal requested George Turnbull who was the Chief Engineer of East Indian Railway Company, to study and research on capability of bridging over Hooghly River. Then, he came with the blueprint where he described highs and lows on making a bridge over the river. Then, he proposed that the Pulta Ghat will be the ideal place to build a bridge. Later, a Pontoon Bridge was built which connected Howrah and Kolkata. Due to its less-bearing ability, it was unable to withstand weather conditions and huge traffic. The Bengal government kept on looking for alternatives and finally got its new bridge commissioned. The contract was given to The Braithwaite Burn and Jessop Construction Company for the reconstruction. Subsequently, the Howrah Bridge was constructed without using nuts & bolts and formed completely using steel. It was officially opened in 1942 for public use. 

It was originally named the New Howrah Bridge as it replaced the Pontoon Bridge. It was June 14, 1965, when it was renamed Rabindra Setu after India’s Great Poet, Rabindranath Tagore. There are a total of four bridges over Howrah Bridge namely Vidyasagar Setu, Vivekanand Setu, Howrah Bridge and a newly built Nivedita Setu. 

Major Attractions in & Around Howrah Bridge

Rail Museum. Know the history of Rail transport right from the British Era in India at this museum. The museum exhibits vintage railways, historic rail cars, and so much more that will take you to the bygone era.

Agni Mandir. It is one of the most famous sacred sites for Hindus in Kolkata. The fine architecture with beautiful carvings makes it one of the most interesting destinations in India.

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River Hooghly. The river is also known as the Bhagirathi-Hoogly and Kati-Ganga River. The epic Hooghly river is a must-visit. This wide river is a great picnic spot for locals. Tourists love to spend some soul-rejuvenating time amidst the solace aura of the river.

Santragachi Jheel. It is located at Santragachi at Howrah. The lake attracts various migratory birds, mostly during the winter months. It can be an ideal bird watching destination for nature and wildlife explorers.

Vidyasagar Setu. One of the four bridges at Hooghly River, this is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India. This is also the busiest bridge in Howrah. Vidyasagar Setu is a great work of architecture, where you will love to spend some time.

Things to do in Howrah Bridge

Burman Market. Explore the place for not only the classic and traditional attire to the antiques that tell a lot about the history of West Bengal.

Sundar Houseboat. You can explore the mystical Sundarbans by cruising through its dense forest networks and backwaters.

Best Time to Visit Howrah Bridge

The magnificent Howrah Bridge is the face of the Kolkata that truly represents the immensity of the city. The spectacle is breathtaking but you can preferably visit the Howrah Bridge in the evening to space up yourself with utmost serenity.

How to Reach Howrah Bridge

By Air. The city is conveniently connected with major international & domestic airports. The Netaji Subhash Airport (Dum Dum Airport) is 20km away from the city. The ‘to and from’ Kolkata service directly serves the main cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, etc.

By Rail. The two major railway stations are Howrah and Sealdah stations in Kolkata. The railway line is connected to major cities all over the country.

By Road. Buses mostly depart from the Esplanades bus stand in Maidan near Chowringhee Road. Also, multiple private companies provide bus service.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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