department of tourism

government of west bengal

HOWRAH

Once known as the 'Manchester of Bengal', this District has a number of places of tourist interest, a few of which are the most visited sites in the country and all located in and around the Howrah Municipal Corporation. Howrah, the second largest city of West Bengal and twin of Kolkata is said to have a rich history that dates back to 500 years. The name itself is possibly derived from a village named Harirah which was located in or about the site of modern day Howrah City. Venetian explorer Ceasare Federici was the first European who mentioned a place called Bator in his journal in 1578 AD which is identifiable with the modern day place around the Howrah City. The Bengal Council of East India Company, on the accession of the Emperor Farruksiyar to the throne of Delhi in AD 1713, sent a deputation to him praying for a settlement of the villages 'Salica' (Salkia), 'Harirah' (Howrah), 'Cassundeah' (Kasundia), 'Ramkrishnopoor' (Ramkrishnapur), and 'Battar' (Betor) to the west of river Bhagirathi and once the settlement was made in favour of the East India Company, the places were quickly adopted as exit and entry points of sea faring business hubs and the modernisation of Howrah city as we know it now, began. The Howrah Railway Terminus came up in 1854 and in 1862 the first municipal administration started functioning though the modern day Corporation as we see it now came into being in 1980 when the Howrah Act, 1980 was implemented.
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    HOWRAH BRIDGE OR RABINDRA SETU
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    HOWRAH BRIDGE OR RABINDRA SETU

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    The old Howrah Bridge, a floating pontoon Bridge, was opened in October 1874 and made over to Port Commissioners who managed and maintained it. Designed by the late Sir Bradford Leslie, it had a total length of 1528 feet between centres of abutments and provided a 48 feet roadway and two 7 feet footways. The most novel feature was the removable section which when floated out gave 200 feet clear openings, with a head room of 22 feet, were also provided for smaller crafts. The adjusting ways or shore spans, one at each end of the bridge, consisted of three 160 feet long bow string girders. The traffic between commercial Kolkata and industrial Howrah having enormously increased during the first quarter of the 20th Century, the old bridge was quite insufficient and it was decided to build a new one. The shifting mode of the river Hooghly was dangerous for either a cantilever or a suspension Bridge and hence a Bridge was designed as a sort of combination of the both. It is however known as and reputed as a cantilever Bridge and is the third largest bridge of its kind in the World having an over-all length of 2150 feet with a single span of 1500 feet. The new Howrah Bridge was designed by M/s. Rendell, Palmer and Tritton, consulting Engineers. It took 8 years to complete the bridge and 26,500 tons of steel including 18,200 tons of high tensile quality were used. The total cost of construction of the land and all ancillary works, amounted Rs. 3.33 crores.

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    HOWRAH STATION
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    HOWRAH STATION

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    It is the gateway of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal to the rest of the country. Developed towards the early part of the twentieth century, it has become one of the most important transit points for passengers and goods movement in the country. The present station building will be completing glorious 100 years in 2006.Howrah is the terminus of the first Indian Railway system namely East Indian Railways. A survey for the East Indian Railway was taken up in 1845 and construction began in 1851. The section of the Railways, a Broad gauge railway 5'6" was opened in 1854 from Howrah to Hooghly. In 1855, the line was extended upto Raniganj and in 1862 upto Benares. After construction of the first Howrah Bridge in 1874, the Howrah Station was remodeled and improved. The other great line, the Bengal Nagpur Railway, also a Broad gauge Railway, was extended to Howrah in 1900, thus connecting it with Nagpur and Bombay on the West and Cuttuck, Puri and madras on the South. After this, the Station was further remodeled and became a joint Station for E. I. Rly. and B. N. Rly. The old Station was made over to the B. N. Rly. The E. I. Rly. and B. N. Rly. were subsequently renamed as Eastern Rly and South- Eastern Rly respectively. Howrah station has now a large imposing building facing the river with Clock Tower and twenty long platforms for the passenger trains and three for the goods trains.

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    BELUR MATH
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    BELUR MATH

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    Belur Math or Belur Muth is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur. It is a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world professing different religious faiths. Even people not interested in religion come here for the peace it exudes.

    How to Reach:

    By Air: The nearest airport to Belur math is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose international airport, kolkata.

    By Train: The nearest railway station to Belur math is Howrah junction. From Howrah local trains to Howrah-Burdwan line touches Belur Station.

    By Road: Buses are available from Howrah station. Other vehicles are also available to reach this place. Ferry services are available from many Ganges ghats of Kolkata to Belur Math.

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    INDIAN BOTANIC GARDEN
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    INDIAN BOTANIC GARDEN

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    The Indian Botanic Garden previously known as Royal Botanic Garden with the famous Banyan tree is comprised of 285.05 acres of land that is about 1000 bighas and lies on the bank of the River Hooghly just outside the Municipal area of Howrah bordering its southern boundary line and adjoins the compound of the Sibpur Engineering College on the South. This green belt is considered to be the lungs of the highly industrial and urbanized city of Howrah. Use of plastic materials has been banned in the Garden Campus. In the Garden, beside the great banyan tree we have a fair collection of rare indigenous and exotic plants, beautiful Amazon lilies, climbing plants, varieties of palm, delicate orchids and all sorts of large trees - mahagoguny, teak, walnut etc. We also find here a nursery (not open to the public), a Conservatory, a Palm House, a Herbarium, an Orchid conservatory. We have also a second large Banyan tree. Besides we can find in the Garden the following Monuments and buildings: Wallich's monument, Griffiths Monument, Jack's Monument, Kurze's Monument, Roxburg's the Great Banyan Tree.'

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    SECOND HOOGHLY BRIDGE OR VIDYASAGAR SETU
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    SECOND HOOGHLY BRIDGE OR VIDYASAGAR SETU

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    Vidyasagar Setu - otherwise known as the Second Hooghly Bridge opened to the traffic in 1992 is the finest product of modern architecture and technology. It is intricately connected with the cities of Kolkata and Howrah by a series of over-bridges and situated at a distance of 1.5 km southwards of Rabindra Setu. It is erected on only four pillars and hanged on 121 number of iron ropes. The bridge is 458 metres long and 115 metres wide. One can have a glimpse of a large part of Kolkata standing in the middle of the bridge. The beauty of the bridge and its background is largely utilized by the Film Industries of India for shooting purposes.

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    GARCHUMUK
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    GARCHUMUK

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    Situated at the confluence of the Hooghly and the Damodar, this spot has a quiet scenic beauty. The undulating irrigation canal connecting the two rivers adds to the beauty of the spot. There are two Bungalows of Howrah Zilla Parishad. The new Bungalow is situated in the vicinity of the confluence. There is also one deer park within the campus of the old bungalow. Though the spot is yet to take a place in the tourist map, it can be developed as a major tourist spot with adequate publicity, proper maintenance of the deer park and beautification of the embankment.

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    Santragachhi Jheel
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    Santragachhi Jheel

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    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.

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    PANITRAS SAMTABER
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    PANITRAS SAMTABER

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    It is the home place of the immortal Bengali novelist Sri Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Though he was a Bengali writer, his great novels and short stories dealing in human emotions are translated in almost all major languages of India. His two-storied dwelling house is situated at Panitras or Samtaber village on the bank of the river Rupnarayan in a perfect lonely village atmosphere of Bengal. The building is now preserved as a Museum where mementoes of Saratbabu like table, chair, chappals, stick, bed, writing tables are kept apart from his works (books), some manuscripts and personal letters. Saratbabu spent twelve years (1926-1938) of his literary life in this place before permanently settling at Kolkata. During this period he created some of his finest stories and novels such as Abagir Swarga, Bamuner Meye, Palli Samaj, Ramer Sumati, Mahesh, Srikanta (4th part).

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    GADIARA
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    GADIARA

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    Gadiara is a small village at the confluence of the Hooghly and Rupnarayan rivers. Gadiara is one of the most beautiful and popular picnic spots in Howrah district. The ruins of Fort Mornington Point built by Lord Clive, and the lighthouse are the prominent attractions. Mayachar, a sprawling sandbank on the Rupnarayan River, is an interesting spot to idle on the secluded beach. Watching both the sunrise and sunset at the confluence of the rivers is a wonderful experience.
    How to Reach:
    Regular buses are available from Esplanade in Kolkata. Local trains available from Howrah for Bagnan. Local conveyance bus, auto from Bagnan to Gadiara via Shyampur.

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By Air: The nearest airport to the Howrah is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata. Cab, bus services are available from there to reach Howrah.

By Train: The main railway station is Howrah railway station which is easily accessible from various major cities of the country.

By Road: The main bus terminus is Howrah bus terminus. Buses are available from various corner of the state for Howrah.
wbtourism Accommodation
  • WBDTC Rupnarayan Tourist Lodge (Gadiara)

    Post Office: Dakshin Shibpur, Gadiara, District: Howrah, Pin - 711314
    Contact No.: (03214) 263125
    Mobile - 09732510076
    Email: rupnarayantouristl15@gmail.com

  • WBFDC Garchumuk Eco Tourism Centre

    Booking Office
    West Bengal forest Development Corporation Limited
    6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square,
    7th - Floor, Kolkata-700013
    Contact No.: (033) 22258549
    Website: http://www.wbfdc.com/

  • Howrah Youth Hostel

    H.I.T. Stadium Complex, Howrah.

    Nearest Railway Station : Howrah
    Contact No.: 03326414254

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
E-Mail : wbtourismpublicity1@gmail.com