HowrahSoutheast Bengal in India, west of Kolkata, across the Hooghly River.
There are two bus stands: Howrah Bus Stand and Kolkata Bus Stand from where you can avail numerous buses to Kolkata and different parts of West Bengal. Prepaid Taxis are also available for travel within Howrah an Kolkata. The Netaji Subhas International Airport linked Volvo Air-conditioned buses are available from Howrah Railway Station.
For short distance travel, there are auto rickshaws, e-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws.
BridgesThere are four bridges across the Hooghly River, connecting Howrah and Kolkata.
Howrah BridgeThe eastern rail terminus for Indian railways is at Howrah. An estimated two million people use Howrah station every day. Howrah station is Kolkata's main railway station and in order to go to Kolkata some use the ferry, a few hire taxis but most use buses or walk across the bridge. The area around Howrah station and Howrah Bridge has grown as a world of its own, catering to the needs of a huge floating population. The 705 m (2,313.0 ft) long Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly River, commissioned in 1943. - This bridge frames the skyline of the riverfront. The ambience is as amicable and profound as the river that flows alongside. But, turn back to your trail of discovery. Dalhousie Square was the administrative centre for British India. On one side is the General Post Office, a majestic specimen of Edwardian architecture. It is built on the site of the original Fort William. On the other side stands Writers’ Building, a massive Gothic structure with lonic pillars – still the house of political power.
Nivedita SetuNivedita Setu is a cable-stayed bridge over Hooghly River in Kolkata, West Bengal. It runs parallel to and around 50 m downstream of the old Vivekananda Setu.
Vidyasagar SetuWith a total length of 823 m (2,700 ft), Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable–stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia. It was built 3.7 km south/ downstream of Howrah Bridge. The bridge was commissioned in 1992
Vivekananda SetuThe 2,887 feet (880 m) long rail-cum-road bridge was built in 1932 as Willingdon bridge, and renamed Vivekananda Setu.
Belur Mathaddress: Northern part of HowrahBelur Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Situated next to the Ganges one can sit on the banks of the river Hoogly during evening time and relax. Across the river Hoogly is the Dakhineshwar Temple.
ShibpurShibpur is a neighbourhood in south Howrah, near Vidyasagar Setu. Through the centuries it has been synonymous with the Great Banyan tree. The Great Banyan tree boasts of having the largest canopy in the world. It continues to grow and covers many city blocks and looks like a forest all by itself. The British established the Indian Botanical Gardens in 1786 between the Great Banyan tree and the Hoogly River. Here there is one end of the Grand Trunk Road.
phone: +91 33 67 32 31 35address: Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden Botanical Survey of India Shibpur Howrah West Bengal 711 103An extraordinary place of vivid nature under the smog filled sky of the city. You will value the silence that is only filled by some birds singing. Nature is wonderfully beautiful here. Institution founded in 1786.
Santragachhi Jheeladdress: Middle part of Howrah citySantragachhi Jheel is a large lake, located next to the Santragachhi railway station. This lake attracts large number of migratory birds in the winter months, particularly in December and January. The number has increased in recent years, as migratory birds have started to avoid destinations like the lakes in Alipore Zoo, Kolkata. Birds like Saras Crane from North America and Australia, and many other local migratory birds such as Cotton Pygmy Goose, Comb Duck etc. are spotted here during this season. The lake area is owned by South Eastern Railway, though the Forest Department of West Bengal also looks after the place. Efforts are made by local residents, Forest Department and Railways to improve the environment for the birds.
- It might be worth while to stroll down Howrah Maidan just for the excitement of a local market, busy with street shops selling anything from clothes, to pots, to fruits. By bus or taxi from Howrah station it will only take 10 minutes to get there.
phone: +91 33 3312-9000address: 32 Jagat Banerjee Ghat Road, HowrahThis three storey mall contains East India's first PVR cinema hall. Large food court and many shops.
Kichukhhanphone: +91 98300 88008address: 23/2/2, Bhagwan Chatterjee Ln, KadamtalaNorth Indian and Indo-Chinese. Their signature dish is mixed fried rice.
Rail Yathri Nivasphone: +91 33 2660-1742address: Howrah Railway StationShow your ticket.
address: 1, Mukhram Kanoria RoadA heritage property, with a lot of character and one of the oldest hotels of Kolkata. Renowned for homey atmosphere and offers very neat and clean, airy rooms - one of the safest hotels in the locality, with cordial staff. Attached baths and cable TV. Five minutes walking distance from the railway station and bus stand. 5,000 sq ft garden. +phones =+91 33 26412149-28490240/55538251
address: Kona Expressway, Howrah - 711403 Tel: 033-39884444 Fax: 033-39881222 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgNestled in a serene and tranquil atmosphere, Fortune Park Panchwati is a grand place.
address: 461, Sarat Chaterjee Road, Kazipara, Shalimar, Howraha Branch Office