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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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The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata $99
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata
     
    4.7
    of 5, from 283 reviews
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    This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

    The Peerless Inn - Kolkata $46
    The Peerless Inn - Kolkata

    The Peerless Inn - Kolkata

    12 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata
       
      3.5
      of 5, from 160 reviews
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      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.

      The Floatel Hotel $66
      The Floatel Hotel

      The Floatel Hotel

      9/10 Kolkatta Jetty Stand Road, Kolkata
         
        3.3
        of 5, from 57 reviews
        3.5 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.

        OYO 8966 Ashoka Regency $40
        OYO 8966 Ashoka Regency

        OYO 8966 Ashoka Regency

        #P12, Howrah
           
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Howrah, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Howrah Bridge and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Eden Gardens. Armenian Ghat and Nakhoda Masjid are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Neeranand Regency (Pure Vegetarian Boutique Hotel)
          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.

            OYO 4144 The Banquet $24
            OYO 4144 The Banquet

            OYO 4144 The Banquet

            Near Howrah Railway Station, Howrah, Howrah
               
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Howrah, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Howrah Bridge and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Eden Gardens. Armenian Ghat and Nakhoda Masjid are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata $78
              The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata

              The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata

              1,2, 3, Old Court House Street, Kolkata
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 143 reviews
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                This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Calcutta, Nakhoda Masjid, and Marble Palace. Victoria Memorial and Eden Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                HOTEL WHITE HOUSE
                HOTEL WHITE HOUSE

                HOTEL WHITE HOUSE

                143 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Kolkata
                   
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