Places to Visit Near Howrah

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Places to Visit Near Howrah

The bustling city of Howrah is separated from Kolkata by the River Hooghly. It's many monuments, temples and mosques potray it's rich cultural heritage. Also, there are some fantastic places to visit near Howrah for a perfect short trip.

Here is the list of 14 Places to Visit Near Howrah

1. Rail Museum, Howrah

The Rail Museum is located in Howrah, Kolkata. It is considered as the second rail museum to be constructed after National Rail Museum, Delhi. The museum has evolved into a famous tourist destination in Kolkata. There is a vivid collection of preserved old and rare steam engines, electric locomotives, tracks and signals. These are a perfect medium to showcase the evolution of the railways in India. Tourists visit here to explore the history of Indian Railways as well as to enjoy their time with family and friends.

2. River Hooghly, Howrah

River Hooghly, also known as the Bhagirathi-Hoogly and Kati-Ganga River, is a stunning waterbody and an important source of water, seafood and the lifeline of Howrah. It is 260 km long, and the channel flows through the city and finally merges with the Bay of Bengal. It's a picnic hotspot for locals and tourists equally where they spend time basking in the morning sun or taking a ferry ride across the river. This enchanting river is also known as Bhagirathi Hooghly which means - created by Bhagiratha - the prince of Sagar dynasty. He was destined to bring the sacred Ganges from heaven to earth; hence, the waters of the Hooghly river is considered as holy as the Ganges.

3. Tipu Sultan Mosque, Howrah

Tipu Sultan Mosque, also called as Tipu Sultan Masjid is one of the famous places of visit in Kolkata. Its attractive architecture with four tall towers fencing its boundaries is a striking sight. The mosque allows entry to people of all religions unlike other mosques in the locality. Built by Gholam Mohammed in 1842, the Mosque has a capacity to hold 1000 people. Everyday prayers are led by the Imam of the mosque, Noor ur Rahman Barkati. During Ramzan, prayers are chanted with such devotion and rejuvenation of the religion is done in the aim of creating a stronger bond with God.

4. Swami Vivekananda Temple, Howrah

Swami Vivekananda Temple, situated inside the premises of Belur Math, is a famous pilgrimage destination for tourists from all around the globe. Situated on the banks of Hoogly River, the temple presents a glimpse of irresistible beauty with its fine blend of different architectural styles. The temple echoes the principles of Swami Vivekananda, prominent among them being a religious fraternity. Thus, the place is visited by people from diverse religious backgrounds to imbibe serenity and sacredness enveloping the temple.

5. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah

Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden also called as Royal Botanical Garden of Kolkata is located in Shibpur Howrah. It is famous for a wide variety of over 1400 plant species it has. The garden spreads over an area of 269 acres of land and is believed to have helped establish the trade of Tea in Assam and the Himalayan regions.

6. Indian Museum, Kolkata

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The ninth oldest museum of the world and largest in India, the Indian Museum is located in the city of joy - Kolkata. The foundation stone of the Indian Museum was laid down in the year 1814 and has been a centre of multidisciplinary activities ever since. Popularly known as 'Jadughar', it has the finest collection of contemporary paintings, sacred relics of Buddha, Egyptian mummies and ancient sculptures. In addition to these, the Indian Museum boasts of some of the most exquisite collections of ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armours, and stunning Mughal paintings.

7. Tipu Sultan Mosque, Howrah

Tipu Sultan Mosque, also called as Tipu Sultan Masjid is one of the famous places of visit in Kolkata. Its attractive architecture with four tall towers fencing its boundaries is a striking sight. The mosque allows entry to people of all religions unlike other mosques in the locality. Built by Gholam Mohammed in 1842, the Mosque has a capacity to hold 1000 people. Everyday prayers are led by the Imam of the mosque, Noor ur Rahman Barkati. During Ramzan, prayers are chanted with such devotion and rejuvenation of the religion is done in the aim of creating a stronger bond with God.

8. Swami Vivekananda Temple, Howrah

Swami Vivekananda Temple, situated inside the premises of Belur Math, is a famous pilgrimage destination for tourists from all around the globe. Situated on the banks of Hoogly River, the temple presents a glimpse of irresistible beauty with its fine blend of different architectural styles. The temple echoes the principles of Swami Vivekananda, prominent among them being a religious fraternity. Thus, the place is visited by people from diverse religious backgrounds to imbibe serenity and sacredness enveloping the temple.

9. Gadiara, Howrah

Gadiara is a quaint little hamlet in the district of Howrah and a preferred picnic spot in the city. It is located to the south-west of the city of Howrah. Gadiara is where the three rivers converge - River Hooghly, River Roopnarayan and River Damodar. The village has various attractions in and around it, namely, the Fort Mornington - the ruins of an English fort which once stood tall in the town. It is a magnificent spot for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. One of the popular tourist activity is the River cruise at sunset.

10. Kalighat Temple, Kolkata

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Kalighat Temple, one of the 51 Shakti Sthals of India, is one of the most visited Kali temples in India. The spot is where the toes of Sati's right foot fell during Shiva's Rudra Taandav naach.

11. Tiretta Bazaar, Howrah

Tiretta Bazaar also known as Kolkata’s Mini Chinatown, is a blend of Indo-Chinese culture. The bazaar is the only Chinatown in India. Kolkata has been home to the Chinese since the early 19th century. Tiretta Bazaar is one of the most visited places in Kolkata. It’s a significant food hub amongst the locals and the tourists. The bazaar is full of sumptuous food and wafting aromas of lip-smacking food.

12. Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kolkata

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The Bengali name for the House of the Thakurs, the Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the ancestral home of the Tagore family that is located in Jorasanko, in the north of Kolkata in West Bengal in India. This is an enjoyable and exciting place to visit, especially for lovers of history and Bengali literature. The 700 paintings that are exhibited in this ancestral home especially capture the attention of the visitors. What enthrals them, even more, is the self-composed invite of Rabindranath Tagore's wedding. The museum also houses three different galleries, manuscripts, books and other antique items.

13. Prinsep Ghat, Kolkata

Prinsep Ghat, located on the banks of River Hooghly, is a majestic structure famous for its Greek/ Gothic inlays. The beauty of Princep Ghat draws architecture and history buffs in large numbers, but even locals visit to absorb the regal vibe of the attraction. With the magnificent Howrah Bridge in the background, watching the sunrise or sunset and taking a long walk in the cool air on the banks of the river are some of the preferred recreational activities here.

14. Babughat, Howrah

Babughat is located on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River and is extremely popular among tourists because of its historical past. The Ghat swarms every evening with local passengers and other visitors who are there to spend some leisure time. The bank of the River has a well-constructed pavement, perfect for long evening strolls. The setting of the Ghat with the holy Ganges flowing mildly and the Two Bridges, Rabindra Setu and Vidyasagar Setu with their reach across the river, is breathtaking.

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