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Howrah (Kolkata)

Howrah (Kolkata) , West Bengal

Howrah is probably one of the most industrial cities in the state of West Bengal. Located very closeto the capital, this is generally considered the twin city of Kolkata and is separated by the Hoogly river and connected by two very lovely bridges. These are two of the greatest attractions in this place and they never fail to stun you with the vista of an active city and a serene river flowing underneath. This is one place in the state which is growing in leaps and bounds. History of Howrah City dates back to 500 years. But, the district has thousands of years of rich heritage in the form of the great Bengali kingdom of Bhurshut. This is the place which served as one of the greatest river ports as great ships in the ancient days could travel upto here.The Howrah Railway Terminus is the greatest establishment here. With it forming a chunk of the city there were many industries that were developed here because trade route just got so much easier. Today this is an epitome of a hustling and bustling industrial city. Often termed as Sheffield of the East, Howrah is known today as a engineering hub, mainly in the area of light engineering industry. The second largest city in the state at times has problems handling the rampant growth. There are some interesting places here such as the Rama Temple in ramrajatala, the Shantragachi Jheel or the beautiful lake here, the Belur Math and of course Gadiara which is situated at the confluence of hoogly with two other rivers. All these make Howrah one very interesting, though industrial place to visit.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 28.0°C /82.0°F 140 mm 20feet 19496.0 /km2 Jan-Dec Coming Soon


Places of Interest

  • Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu)

    "The Howrah Bridge, ???????? ???? is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. Commissioned in 1943,[4][10] the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it replaced a pontoon bridge at the same location linking the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate.[10] It is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge.\nThe bridge is one of four on the Hooghly River and is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal. The other bridges are the Vidyasagar Setu (popularly called the Second Hooghly Bridge), the Vivekananda Setu, and the newly built Nivedita Setu. It weathers the storms of the Bay of Bengal region, carrying a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles[11] and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians,[9] easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world.[12] The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction,[13] the Howrah Bridge is the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.[14]"

    Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu)

  • Indian Botanic Garden

    "The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden (previously known as Indian Botanic Garden)[1] is situated in Shibpur, Howrah near Kolkata. They are commonly known as the Calcutta Botanical Garden, and previously as the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta.[2] The gardens exhibit a wide variety of rare plants and a total collection of over 12,000 specimens spread over 109 hectares. It is under Botanical Survey of India (BSI) of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India."

    Indian Botanic Garden

  • Belur Math & Temple

    "Bel?r Ma?h or Belur Mutt is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions in Calcutta.[2] This temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions.[3]"

    Belur Math & Temple

  • Hooghly Bridge (Vidyasagar Setu)

    "Vidyasagar Setu (Bengali: ?????????? ???? Bidyasagor Setu), also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge (Bengali: ???????? ????? ???? Dbitiyo Hugli Setu), is a toll bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India, linking the cities of Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) and Howrah.\nWith a total length of 823 metres (2,700 ft), Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia. It was the second bridge to be built across the Hooghly River; the first, the Howrah Bridge (also known as Rabindra Setu) 3.7 kilometres (2.3 mi) to the north, was completed in 1943. Named after the educationist reformer Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, it cost Indian Rupees 3.88 billion to build.\nConstruction began on 3 July 1979, and the bridge was commissioned on 10 October 1992 by the Hooghly River Bridge Commission.[1][2][3] The project was a joint effort between the public and private sectors, under the control of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners.[4] The bridge is used by around 30,000 vehicles daily, considerably less than the bridge's capacity of 85,000."

    Hooghly Bridge (Vidyasagar Setu)

  • Howrah Station

    "Howrah Station is the largest station in India by area. Its sheer size and awe-inspiring train handling capacity are unmatched in India. It is one of the four intercity railway stations serving Kolkata, the others are Sealdah Station, Shalimar Station and Kolkata railway station in Kolkata. Howrah is situated on the West bank of the Hooghly River, linked to Kolkata by the magnificent Howrah Bridge which is an icon of Kolkata. It is the oldest station and the largest railway complex in India."

    Howrah Station

  • Garchumuk

    "Garchumuk is an ideal weekend destination located in the Howrah district of West Bengal. It is a popular picnic spot too. The place is situated at the confluence of River Hooghly and River Damodar offering a beautiful view of the two rivers. Hundreds of visitors flock to Garchumuk to view the spectacular barrage called Atanna Gate (58 No. Gate) where 58 lock gates have been built. The Deer Park at Garchumuk is an added attraction. One can also go for a boat ride in the River Damodar."



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