"Howrah Bridge" Kolkata (Calcutta) Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The majestic Howrah bridge is Kolkata's most famous landmark. Howrah Bridge is often used as a synonym for the city of Kolkata. It's a bridge of stupendous dimensions. The bridge lies suspended on cantilever with a span of 705m. The width of the deck is 71 feet and the two pedestrian paths on either side of the bridge are 97 feet wide. The bridge is the second on the site to link the city with Howrah following the famous Floating Pontoon Bridge built in 1874 by Sir Bradford Leslie. The current bridge was built between 1937 and 1943 and was renamed to Rabindra Setu (named after Rabindranath Tagore a great poet and the first Indian Nobel laureate) in 1965 but it is popularly known as the Howrah Bridge. The bridge is the busiest in the world by carrying 150,000 vehicles and 4,000,000 pedestrians every day. On my second day, there was a strike and I crossed over on the bridge which was almost devoid of traffic.

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  • Written Aug 18, 2007
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