Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge, Kolkata (Calcutta): Address, Phone Number, Howrah Bridge Reviews: 4.5/5

Howrah Bridge
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Xplorential
Mumbai, India32 contributions
Oct 2019
The iconic bridge can be best viewed and photographed from the Malik Ghat in Kolkata. The famous landmark of the city, the Howrah Bridge, constructed by the British during 1940's, is one of the busiest cantilever bridges in the world. It carries a massive daily traffic of approximately 100K vehicles and more than 150K pedestrians every day.

Some interesting facts:
1. There is a famous belief that the bridge does not have any nut or bolt. But in reality, Howrah Bridge does have nuts and bolts, but just a few.
2. The first ever mode of transportation that was used on the bridge was a solitary tram. Trams used to operate on the bridge till 1993. After that period, they were banned due to vehicular traffic on the bridge.

Tips for viewers:
Best time to view the best of this remarkable bridge is early morning during sunrise or evening during sunset. But we visited here at around 7:30 in the evening so that we get a view of the bridge with the famous purple/blue lighting.

Reach to the starting point of the Howrah Bridge (from Kolkata towards Howrah Railway Station). Take the stairs down towards the flower market which can be seen from the bridge itself. Ask anyone the direction towards Mallik Ghat.

You can sit in the concrete seats built in the ghat area. Hang out with friends or visit alone or simply go for a photography expedition, this place will surely give you a different experience altogether.
Written April 1, 2020
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Arun K
Nagpur District, India2,864 contributions
Oct 2019
An iconic landmark of Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is a massive steel bridge constructed over the Hooghly River. It is considered one of the longest cantilever bridges in the world. Also known as Rabindra Setu, it connects Howrah and Kolkata. It carries daily traffic of over one Lac vehicles and countless pedestrians and is as historic as it is grand. The beauty of the bridge, however, comes alive in the night time when it is all lit up. The view of the city from the ferry, which runs between Kolkata and Howrah from the launch ghat especially in the night, is awesome.
Howrah Bridge was the third longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, but now it is the sixth longest one of its types. It was renamed as Rabindra Setu in 1965, after the name of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. There are total of 8 lanes of strand road on the bridge for four wheelers, bicycles & pedestrians.
This bridge unique due to the fact that it was built without a single nut , bolt or, welding and is held together by rivets only.
Written April 3, 2020
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BornGlobeTrotter
New York53 contributions
Nov 2020
If you are visiting India and especially Kolkata, you just cannot miss this timeless beauty and the iconic wonder of the world called Howrah Bridge. Anytime is a good time to visit the ghats or the river banks and enjoy the beauty of this wonder of the world. If you can, try to to take one of the boat rides to witness evening Arati or the magnificent lamp lighting over the Ganges and it's reflections in an offering to the higher reality. As the say in "mono kautha hobe nah" or it's best to just zip your lips when you are here and feel this wondrous structure!
Written July 21, 2021
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ANINDYA M
45 contributions
Jul 2019
Howrah Bridge was renamed after Kaviguru Rabindranath as Rabindra Setu. It is a cantilever bridge just beside the Howrah Railway Station connecting the cities of Howrah and Kolkata. Recently, there was an annoucement of light and sound show on this bridge. This bridge experiences a huge traffic from the daily commuters from the nearby areas and people coming for some work in Kolkata. It is beautifully maintained by Kolkata Port Trust.
Written January 18, 2020
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Storyteller776317
Kolkata (Calcutta), India18 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A magnificent structure built by engineers without using nut and bolts. A tour of Kolkata City or A City of Joy incomplete without visiting Howrah Bridge. This bridge is decorated by colorful lights and beautiful lightening show is displayed after 0630 PM.
Written February 26, 2020
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Karishma Tanna
Bengaluru, India71 contributions
Mar 2019
Love the way this bridge just crowns the river. Its definitely the crown jewel of kolkata. The bridge is lit with different colors on different days of the week throughout the night and can be observed from just about any rooftop in the city.
Written January 15, 2020
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NITASH
India375 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The ride through the bridge was tedious and not as exciting as expected. The name of Howrah Bridge conjures up images of a grandiose place with so much of history. But unfortunately the place itself doesn't live up to it. It's crowded ( understatement) and nothing like a must do. I preferred viewing it from the boat ride at Princeps Ghat.
Written February 24, 2020
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Greg48
Meriden, CT640 contributions
Feb 2020
The Bridge itself dates to 1943 and has both traffic lanes and pedestrian walkways. Interesting construction.
I found the area near the entrance to be a fascinating chaotic commercial area which was great fun to walk around. You get a glimpse at the way things must have been done for decades with porters carrying haavy loads on their backs, a Flower market at a lower level adjacent to the bridge and a constant stream of cars and pedestrians entering and exiting the bridge.
Written May 2, 2020
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Kaushik G
Kolkata (Calcutta), India93 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This is one of the oldest cantilever bridge in this part of the world connecting the 2 sides of Hoogly river and the Howrah train station, one of the busiest in India. The bridge is in good shape but too crowded with the approach roads being narrow and dirty due to too many shops encroaching the road. Also, handcarts and other manual transport is making crossing this bridge a nightmare.
Written February 16, 2020
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Curtis K
Wayne, PA21 contributions
Jan 2020
While I have driven across this bridge several times, I have never walked across it to the train station. It was great to be on the bridge and experience the thousands of others who cross it on foot every day. I would highly suggest you do this as part of your Kolkata tour, then take the ferry back across.
Written February 11, 2020
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