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Howrah Bridge

Set foot on or glide under a famous Kolkata landmark, a colossal engineering feat that’s inspired many movie-makers.

Howrah Bridge is an architectural marvel and a well-known Kolkata landmark. It has served as a backdrop for numerous movies since the 1950s, including a 1958 film named after the bridge. Walk across the bridge and admire its unique construction or glide underneath while on a boat ride along the Hooghly River.

With a central span of 1,500 feet (457 meters) between its two towers, this enormous steel structure is one of the longest cantilever bridges of its type in the world. Howrah Bridge extends across the Hooghly River, connecting the city of Howrah to Kolkata. It was built in 1942 without a single nut or bolt and is held together by rivets.

Join the hundreds of thousands of pedestrians and cars that cross the bridge every day. There are footpaths on both sides. Before walking the bridge, look at the base of the pillars. They have been covered in fiberglass casings because of the corrosive damage caused by years of chewing tobacco spit.

Pause to take in some of the bridge’s features. The supporting towers at either end rise up more than 280 feet (85 meters). Observe the massive cantilever arms and network of girders.

Alternatively, rent a boat from the Howrah Station jetty and enjoy a view of the bridge from the water. Plenty of other vantage points can be found along the banks of the river. Although still known locally as Howrah Bridge, the crossing was renamed Rabindra Setu in 1965 after Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first Nobel Laureate.

Once you have crossed the bridge or admired it from a riverbank, visit some of the nearby attractions including Millennium Park and Eden Gardens cricket ground.

Reach the bridge from any part of Kolkata by bus, taxi or rental car. The nearest railway station is also called Howrah Bridge and is a 5-minute walk away. Make a point of coming back to the river at night to see the bridge bathed in different colored lights.


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OYO 15966 Hotel Shivam
OYO 15966 Hotel Shivam

OYO 15966 Hotel Shivam

P-19, Dobson lane, Gulmohar Railway Quarters, Howrah, West Bengal
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Howrah, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Armenian Ghat and Howrah Bridge. New Market and Eden Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km). Howrah Station is 14 minutes by foot and Kolkata Burra Bazar Station is 26 minutes.

    OYO 3352 Krishna Guest Lines Bagri Market
    OYO 3352 Krishna Guest Lines Bagri Market

    OYO 3352 Krishna Guest Lines Bagri Market

    Gandhi Building 44, Ezra St, 5Th Flr, 5Th Floor,Near Bagri Market, Kolkata, West Bengal
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Chitpur, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nakhoda Masjid and Howrah Bridge. New Market and Eden Gardens are also within 2 miles (3 km). Central Station is 14 minutes by foot and Kolkata BBD Bagh Station is 11 minutes.

      OYO Flagship 12975 Howrah
      OYO Flagship 12975 Howrah

      OYO Flagship 12975 Howrah

      43416,Burn Salt Gola Lane, Howrah, West Bengal
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Howrah, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Armenian Ghat and Howrah Bridge. New Market and Eden Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km). Howrah Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        OYO 4144 The Banquet
        OYO 4144 The Banquet

        OYO 4144 The Banquet

        Near Howrah Railway Station, Howrah, Howrah, West Bengal
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Howrah, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Armenian Ghat and Howrah Bridge. New Market and Eden Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km). Howrah Station is 15 minutes by foot and Kolkata BBD Bagh Station is 27 minutes.

          OYO 12071 Afreen International Guest House
          OYO 12071 Afreen International Guest House

          OYO 12071 Afreen International Guest House

          12,Tarachand Dutta St, Kolkata
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kolkata, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nakhoda Masjid and Howrah Bridge. New Market and Eden Gardens are also within 2 miles (3 km). Mahatma Gandhi Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and Central Station is 13 minutes.

            Hotel White House
            Hotel White House

            Hotel White House

            143 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Kolkata, WB
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kolkata, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marble Palace and Howrah Bridge. New Market and Eden Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km). Mahatma Gandhi Road Station is only a 5-minute walk and Central Station is 14 minutes.

              OYO 8565 Hotel Golden Palace
              OYO 8565 Hotel Golden Palace

              OYO 8565 Hotel Golden Palace

              Plot No.113, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kolkata
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Kolkata, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Calcutta and Howrah Bridge. New Market and Eden Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km). Mahatma Gandhi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Central Station is 13 minutes.

                Golden Orchid
                Golden Orchid

                Golden Orchid

                28 DR SUNDARI MOHAN AVENUE,, Kolkata, West Bengal
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Kolkata, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nakhoda Masjid and New Market. Howrah Bridge and Eden Gardens are also within 2 miles (3 km). Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Mahatma Gandhi Road Station is 10 minutes.