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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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The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata Rs9,250
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge are also within 3 miles (5 km). Esplanade Station is only a 4-minute walk and Park Street Station is 9 minutes.

    The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata Rs7,900
    The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata

    The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata

    1,2, 3, Old Court House Street, Kolkata, West Bengal
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of University of Calcutta and Nakhoda Masjid. New Market and Howrah Bridge are also within 2 miles (3 km). Central Station is 11 minutes by foot and Mahatma Gandhi Road Station is 15 minutes.

      OYO 8966 Ashoka Regency
      OYO 8966 Ashoka Regency

      OYO 8966 Ashoka Regency

      #P12, Dobson Lane,Howrah, Howrah
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Howrah, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Armenian Ghat and Howrah Bridge. Eden Gardens and New Market are also within 3 miles (5 km). Howrah Station is 15 minutes by foot and Kolkata Burra Bazar Station is 26 minutes.

        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. Eden Gardens and New Market 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 Rs4,288
          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. Eden Gardens and New Market 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 Rs3,538
            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. Eden Gardens and New Market are also within 3 miles (5 km). Howrah Station is 20 minutes by foot and Tikiapara Station is 29 minutes.

              OYO 4144 The Banquet Rs5,814
              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. Eden Gardens and New Market are also within 3 miles (5 km). Howrah Station is 15 minutes by foot and Tikiapara Station is 26 minutes.

                OYO 13481 Hotel Shalimar
                OYO 13481 Hotel Shalimar

                OYO 13481 Hotel Shalimar

                52 Dobson Rd 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. Eden Gardens and New Market are also within 3 miles (5 km). Howrah Station is 15 minutes by foot and Kolkata BBD Bagh Station is 26 minutes.