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Best Time To Visit - After Dusk

TThe Bridge of Howrah, spans over the Hooghly river in West Bengal. Originally, the bridge was known as New Howrah Bridge. Later it was renamed as Rabindra Setu but till date it is still famous as Howrah Bridge. Standing majestically over river Hooghly, the Howrah Bridge is very much synonymous with Kolkata. Ever since its origins as a floating pontoon bridge way back in 1879 to the eight-laned wonder today, the bridge has kept Kolkatans on the move. Around 1 lakh vehicles and two million commuters uses the bridge daily, which has made it the busiest bridge in the world. The rate of only vehicle traffic over the bridge was 20% more than that on the London Bridge History
Howrah BridgeDuring 18th century Calcutta and Howrah on the opposite banks of Hooghly river had developed well as an economic and cultural centre of the British in India. Therefore a need for a bridge was felt. So, a floating pontoon bridge was designed by Sir Brandford Leslie. Construction of the New Howrah Bridge started in 1937. The Howrah Bridge is the first cantilever suspension bridge of its type. Its construction involved 26,000 MT of steel work. For certain technical reasons, aportion of the bridge was made in England and was shipped to Calcutta where it was assembled on the site itself. While the bridge was being constructed a great cyclone occurred which partially destroyed the bridge. This happened in the year 1874.

However the final cost of the bridge construction amounted to £2,500,000. The 'New Howrah Bridge' opened for the public in 1943. A survey conducted in 1946 found out that the Howrah Bridge is busier than London Bridge and till date it is the busiest bridge in the world.

Howrah Bridge Now
Howrah Bridge is indeed the Gateway to Kolkata. Originally it was built with the purpose of facilitating military transportation between Kolkata and the industrial town of Howrah during World War II. The bridge is 705 metres long and 97 feet wide. Its best view is from the middle of the river. The ferries here are another means of crossing the river and view the bridge. Howrah Bridge was also the title of a Madhubala and Ashok Kumar starer film.The bridge also has sister bridges over the river at different points, namely the Vidyasagar Setu and the Vivekanand Setu.

Apart from its utilitarian purposes, the bridge has remained a creative inspiration for some of the best minds in the business. From Rudyard Kipling to James Baxter, one of New Zealand's finest poets, the bridge has encouraged some of the finest works of poetry and prose in the English language.

With the passage of time, the bridge has grown old and is now facing some stiff competition. Indeed, some find the second bridge over the Hooghly to be more majestic.It is the ever increasing slum of Kolkata that is somehow adding a negativity to the whole beauty of Howrah Bridge. The Hooghly river has also turned a bit polluted. But 100 years of selfless service to the people of Kolkata ensures that Howrah remains in a league of its own. Come to Kolkata and set for a relaxed walk along the bridge and also rejoice gazing in to the river.

The Ganga from the bridge, particularly in the evening gives a wondrous view. The rippling waters and the boats are also very inviting. Howrah Bridge truly is the pride of kolkata and will always remain one.


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