Howrah Bridge

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History

  • Located in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, Howrah Bridge was built in 1942
  • Named the New Howrah Bridge as it was replacing an old pontoon bridge and linking the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) together
  • The bridge is one of four on the Hooghly River
  • It is a famous landmark and symbol in Kolkata
  • In 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, (first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate) – however, it is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge
  • Today, it is believed to be one of world’s busiest cantilever bridges
  • It is the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world
  • The bridge is a culturally significant landmark, used by hundreds of thousands of people everyday

How to get there

  • From Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) a trip to Howrah Bridge is just over an hour and a half via bus
  • The closest station to Howrah Bridge is Howrah Junction railway station

Explore Kolkata

  • Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal
  • Formerly known as Calcutta, the state was renamed Kolkata in 2001
  • As the former capital of British India, colonial Kolkata can be seen through its architecture
  • It is also known as the cultural capital of India
  • Popular local attractions include Eden Garden and the Marble Palace
  • There’s a number of restaurants to experience authentic Bengali cuisine

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