Here Are 5 Ways You Can Enjoy Kolkata's Iconic Howrah Bridge

Raisa posted on 08 February

Ten-Second Takeaway

New to the city? Lived in Kolkata forever but never truly appreciated the Howrah Bridge? Here are 5 ways to experience it.

Hire A Ferry

You can get a boat or a ferry, particularly in the evenings — the view is beautiful when the bridge is lit up. It gives you goosebumps when the boat makes it way slowly down the Hooghly and the magnificent bridge comes closer and closer till you are sailing under it. It’s perfect for a romantic evening out on the water. You’ll even get very ‘Titanic’ pictures! Incidentally, this iconic bridge {which was regarded as the Gateway to Kolkata once} turned 75 this February! So go ahead, shower it with some love.

Sit By The Ghats

If you’re a stickler for hygiene, this may not be your choice of enjoyment. The ghats that line the river, however, do give a magnificent view of the bridge. You’ll also get a taste of the lifestyle of the people of the city — hundreds of people flock here {particularly in the morning} to wash, bathe, pray and more. Good ghat vantage points are Prinsep Ghat and from near the flower market, which is really close to the bridge.

Tourist Attractions

Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata

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    Drive Or Walk Down

    Although during the day it’s one of the most frequently-used bridges in the world, the wee hours of the morning see just trucks. The regular commuters don’t come till later so it’s one of the few times you’ll get to drive or walk down the bridge in peace. While you contemplate the work that must have gone into building this structure, remember that the Japanese tried to destroy it many times during WW II {when they were bombing Kolkata from 1942 to 1944}. Today, the enemy is not the bombs but corrosion due to salty air, fumes and paan from the millions who spit out red betel juice! Read more about it here.

    View From A Distance

    You don’t need to get up close and personal to the bridge to enjoy it. Restaurants and pubs around the city plan their views keeping the bridge in mind. One of the best views you’ll get is from the 9th floor of Monkey Bar on Camac Street which has an expansive view of the neighbouring areas {Victoria Memorial included!}. The outdoor seating and smoking area is where you’ll get the best view {when the pollution levels are low}. Blue & Beyond — the rooftop joint on Lindsay Street — is another place where you can sip on your drink and peek out at the beauty that is the bridge.

    Bars

    Fort Knox, 9th Floor, 901-A, 6, Camac Street Area, Elgin, Kolkata

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    Party Under The Bridge

    It’s not just water under the bridge, you can now party under the bridge. Vivada Cruises lets you hire a boat for the entire night {approximately 4-5 hours} during which the cruise will pass under the bridge twice {once on the going journey and the next time on the return}. Read more here.