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Howrah Bridge

History

Howrah Bridge, located over the Hooghly River in Kolkata, West Bengal, is said to be the busiest bridge in the world. Also known by the name 'Rabindra Setu', Howrah Bridge was set up in 1874 and was opened to traffic in 1943. It derived its name owing to the fact that it connects the city of Howrah to Kolkata.

Howrah Bridge, also termed as the gateway of Kolkata, is one such structure which due to its magnificence and stately appeal has been the face of Kolkata for over a century. An engineering marvel, the Howrah Bridge is a suspension type cantilever bridge that was constructed without using any nuts and bolts! Standing on two 270 feet high pillars, Howrah Bridge is 705 meters long and 97 feet wide.

Howrah Bridge has got two sister bridges also, namely, Vidyasagar Setu and the Vivekananda Setu that are based at different points over the Hooghly River. Observing a daily traffic of over 1lakh vehicles and innumerable pedestrians, Howrah Bridge is the lifeline of the city. The best way to enjoy its majestic beauty is to view it from the middle of the Hooghly River. Howrah Bridge had been illuminated in 2006 and since then is a sight to behold during evenings. This bridge is an important landmark of Kolkata and a must visit for every tourist!

Best time to visit

Best time to visit the Howrah Bridge is early in the morning when people litter the banks of the Hooghly River with flowers, making the area surrounding the Howrah Bridge look colourful.

Trivia

Howrah Bridge is said to have been built from 26,500 tons of high-tensile steel.

Howrah Bridge is open to traffic round the clock except for goods vehicles, Inter-State transport buses and All India Tourist buses.

Timing

The Howrah Bridge can be visited throughout the day.


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