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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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Lodging Near Howrah Bridge

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$102
The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata

The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata

1,2, 3, Old Court House Street, Kolkata
4.4
of 5, from 124 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kolkata, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from University of Calcutta and within 3 mi (5 km) of Victoria Memorial and Eden Gardens. Nakhoda Masjid and Vidyasagar Smriti Mandir are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Neeranand Regency (Pure Vegetarian Boutique Hotel)

Neeranand Regency (Pure Vegetarian Boutique Hotel)

1, Ashu Biswas Road, Chakraberia North, Kolkata
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kolkata, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Calcutta Stock Exchange and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$60
Hotel Kempton

Hotel Kempton

3, Marquis Street, Kolkata
3.4
of 5, from 141 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kolkata, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sudder Street and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

$140
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata
4.7
of 5, from 258 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kolkata, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

$81
The Floatel Hotel

The Floatel Hotel

9/10 Kolkatta Jetty Stand Road, Kolkata
3.3
of 5, from 57 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kolkata, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Milennium Park and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

$32
OYO 1346 Manthan Hotel

OYO 1346 Manthan Hotel

Plot no 3, Waterloo Street, Dalhousie, Kolkata
2.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kolkata, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from University of Calcutta and within 3 mi (5 km) of Victoria Memorial and Eden Gardens. Nakhoda Masjid and Vidyasagar Smriti Mandir are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$16
OYO 2514 Hotel Chung Wah

OYO 2514 Hotel Chung Wah

Plot No. 18,, Kolkata
3.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kolkata, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

$70
The Peerless Inn - Kolkata

The Peerless Inn - Kolkata

12 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata
3.6
of 5, from 145 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kolkata, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.