Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge | One of the best places to visit in Kolkata

LocationHowrah, Kolkata, West Bengal, Kolkata (Map)
Entry Fee & TimingsHowrah Bridge is open from 24 hours all days in week. No entry fee.
Place TypeBridge & Dams, Sightseeing
Place visit withFriends, Solo, Siblings, Youngsters
Best time to visitJanuary, February, March
Nearest MetroShobhabazar Sutanuti Metro Station (2 KM) Girish Park Metro Station (2 KM) Mahatma Gandhi Road Metro Station (2 KM) Central Metro Station (2 KM) Chandni Chowk Metro Station (2 KM) Esplanade Metro Station (2 KM) Howrah Metro Station (1 KM) Howrah Maidan Metro Station (1 KM) Diamond Park Metro Station (2 KM) IIM Calcutta Metro Station (2 KM)

About Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge is a famous bridge located in Kolkata, West Bengal, this bridge is built over the Hooghly River. Its construction began in 1939 during the British Raj and was opened to the public in 1943.

Interesting facts about Howrah Bridge

  1. More than 1 lakh vehicles pass through Howrah Bridge everyday and 5 lakh pedestrians (more than that at present) walk on it.
  2. This bridge, more than 2000 feet long, has only 2 pillars, between which the length is 1500 feet.
  3. It is the only Bahudharan bridge of its kind in India.
  4. Its length increases to about 3 feet in summer, because the metal (steel) melts and expands in high temperature.
  5. It was repaired in early 2006, which consumed 8 tonnes of steel. 50 lakhs were spent in this whole process.
  6. This is the best example of fine engineering because there is not a single nut-bolt in this large bridge, in which metals have been joined by welding process.
  7. To paint this entire bridge, 26,500 liters of paint is consumed, in which about 65 lakh rupees are spent.
  8. The Kolkata Port Trust is very upset with the filth on the Howrah Bridge by birds as it is causing chemical damage to the bridge. Therefore, the trust gives a contract of 5 lakhs every year to remove the filth of the birds from the bridge.
  9. It is believed that there was a key to Howrah Bridge which the British Company did not give to India. In ancient times, this key used to open the bridge in two parts for large ships. But there is no proof of these things.

How to reach Howrah Bridge

By Air:- Netaji Subhash Airport (Dum Dum Airport) is 20 km from the city. Once you get down at the airport premises, you can easily take a taxi to reach here.

By Rail: The two major railway stations of Kolkata are Howrah and Sealdah stations. One can take a taxi or auto from the station to reach the bridge. The bridge is located within 5 km from both these stations, so traveling here will not be a problem.

By Road:- Buses mostly leave from Esplanades Bus Stand in Maidan near Chowringhee Road. In addition, many private companies provide bus services. Otherwise, depending on your location, you can also hire a taxi or self-drive.

Nearby famous places

  • Millenium Park 2 minutes away
  • Metcalfe Hall 3 minutes away
  • Maghen David synagogue 3 minutes away
  • Writers' Building 10 minutes away
  • Malik Ghat Flower Market 14 minutes away
  • General Post Office 13 minutes away
  • St. John's Church 19 minutes away
  • Beth El Synagogue 11 minutes away
  • Eden Gardens 27 minutes away
  • BBD Bagh 15 minutes away
  • Hermes Voyages Pvt. Ltd. 2 minutes away

Howrah Bridge FAQs:

𝒜. It is located at Howrah, Kolkata, West Bengal, Kolkata.

𝒜. Entry fee and timings information of the Howrah Bridge: Howrah Bridge is open from 24 hours all days in week. No entry fee..

𝒜. You should visit Howrah Bridge during January, February, March months for best experience.

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