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Howrah is a city in Southeast Bengal in India, west of Kolkata, across the Hooghly River.


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Howrah Railway Station, viewed from Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) Kolkata downtown is just across the river, and probably the reason one's here in the first place. To zip around between Kolkata and Howrah the ferry services to cross the river Hooghly is very convenient. There are a number of jetties. On the Kolkata side the ferries link to such jetties as Bagbazar, Armenian, Fairlie, Chandpalghat, Babughat, Princepghat. On the Howrah side there are jetties at Howrah Station, Ramkrishnapur Ghat, Botanical Garden Ghat, Bandhaghat, Golabari and Belur Math. Buy the ticket before you board the ferry and retain the ticket till after you have crossed to the other side and have shown it to the ticket checker near the exit gate or else you will be penalized! 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. Bridges There are four bridges across the Hooghly River, connecting Howrah and Kolkata. 22.585188.34691 Howrah Bridge (Officially: Rabindra Setu). The 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.  22.65228688.3532582 Nivedita Setu. Nivedita 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.  22.55694488.3277783 Vidyasagar Setu. With 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  22.6531988.353264 Vivekananda Setu. The 2,887 feet (880 m) long rail-cum-road bridge was built in 1932 as Willingdon bridge, and renamed Vivekananda Setu. 


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22°35′24″N 88°18′36″EMap of Howrah 22.631588.35611 Belur Math, Northern part of Howrah (about 4 km from Howrah railway station. You can travel there by bus, auto or taxi. It takes 20-25 mins to get there and around 40 mins to return, because this route is longer and becomes more congested. All modes of transportation are easily accessible from adjacent to the Howrah railway station area/Howrah bus stand. Local trains also go th Belur Math, but going by auto, bus or taxi is much better as they drop you off at the entrance of Belur Math.). Belur 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. A visit to the temple is free and so is parking..  Shibpur. Shibpur 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. (updated Feb 2018) 22.650788.26582 Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden (Shibpur), Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden Botanical Survey of India Shibpur Howrah West Bengal 711 103 (situated in the Southern part of Howrah, about 3km from Howrah station, get there by bus or taxi - depending on traffic it will take you anything between 25-45 minutes), ☎ +91 33 67 32 31 35. Mar-Sept: 5am-5.30pm; Oct-Feb: 5.30am-5pm. An 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. foreigners: ₹50; Indians: ₹5. (updated Feb 2018) Santragachi Jheel. Migratory Birds at Santragachi jheel in January. 22.582066988.2833383 Santragachhi Jheel, Middle part of Howrah city (7 km from Howrah station by train, or 6 km from Kolkata via Vidyasagar Setu). Santragachhi 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.