Howrah Bridge “The Icon of Kolkata” standing tall for more than 8 decades

The Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge is located between the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata in West Bengal, India. The 705m long and 30m wide bridge was built in 1943 over the Hooghly River. It was rechristened as Rabindra Setu in June 1965, after the first Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The bridge is commonly called Howrah Bridge.

The Howrah Bridge was commissioned in February 1943. The final cost of the bridge was estimated at INR25m. The bridge carries a daily traffic of around 80,000 vehicles and over 1m pedestrians. Howrah Bridge is the sixth longest cantilever bridge in the world.

The Bridge is a suspension type balanced cantilever bridge. It has a central span of 1500ft between the main towers. The anchor and cantilever arms are 325ft and 468ft long respectively.

The suspended span has a length of 564ft. Main towers are 280ft high above the monoliths and 76ft apart at the top. The bridge deck measures 71ft in width and features two footpaths of 15ft on either side.


Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.