Places To Visit In Howrah

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Here are the top 19 tourist attractions to see in Howrah:

1. Santragachi Jheel

3 km
from city center
1 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

The Santragachi Jheel, located in Santragachi, Howrah, is a lake which attracts different migratory birds over the winter months and is a perfect day-trip destination for birdwatching. However, the number and variety of birds have been declining over the years due to climate change and increasing water pollution, among other reasons. Santragachi is a prominent neighbourhood in Howrah, West Bengal. The district of Howrah is connected to Kolkata by two bridges across the river Hooghly and is quite easy to access from any point of Kolkata due to its proximity as well as an abundance of transportation facilities.

2. River Hooghly

54 km
from city center
2 out of 19
places to visit in 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. Howrah Bridge

3 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

The iconic landmark of Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is a massive steel structure which is considered as one of the longest cantilever bridges of its type in the world. Also called as Rabindra Setu, it extends across the Hooghly River and connects Howrah and Kolkata. It is also regarded as one of the busiest ones among them as it carries a daily traffic of over 100,000 vehicles and countless pedestrians. For those who wish to see the grandeur of the bridge, you are recommended an excellent ride in the ferry services between Kolkata and Howrah, offered from Launch Ghat. The view of the city from the ferry, especially in the night, is priceless, to say the least.

4. Vidyasagar Setu

4 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India built over the Hooghly River in West Bengal. It is also popularly known as the Second Hooghly Bridge, as it was the second bridge to be built across this river. It was named after Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar who was an educationist reformer and a key contributor to the Bengal Renaissance. The bridge carries the Kona Expressway (or NH 117) and connects Howrah to Kolkata. Vidyasagar Setu was built to decrease the congestion on Howrah Bridge that is located about 8 kilometres away.

5. Mullick Ghat Flower Market

5 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

The Flower Market in Mullick Ghat is one of the few places where tourists can experience a different Howrah so to speak. The lane is lined by vendors who get a wide variety of flowers ranging from Marigold, Jasmine, Roses, Sunflower, Daisies, Lillies, Chrysanthemum, Lotus, Orchids etc., which are sourced from the farms nearby. They are displayed all along the street for the customers interested in buying.

6. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden

6 out of 19
places to visit in 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.

7. Gadiara

7 out of 19
places to visit in 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.

8. Belur Math

8 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

Belur Math is a fascinating spiritual centre that was established to build a foundation of the Ramakrishna Movement. The movement was inspired by Ramakrishna Paramhansa, an Indian Saint who was also the Guru of Swami Vivekananda. The mission was founded in the late 19th Century and aimed at imparting spirituality through extensive philanthropic and educational work. It functions on the principles of Karma Yoga/ Karma Marga according to which right work done properly and with selflessness is considered to be a prayer to God. Swami Vivekananda, along with his disciples, founded the Belur Math in 1886 which is considered to be a monastic organisation of the Ramakrishna Movement with an absolute focus on spiritual training and propagation of the teachings of Ramakrishna Paramhansa. The math spreads over a vast expanse of 40 acres and consists of several temples built amidst scenic surroundings. The campus houses the Ramakrishna Temple which has the relics of Sri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda Swami’s room, some of his belonging, Swami Brahmananda Temple, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi Temple, Swami Vivekananda Temple and the Samadhi of Sri Ramakrishna. Tourists can spend almost the entire day at the math soaking in the tranquil atmosphere and exploring the beautiful architecture which has a stunning blend of Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist and Christian art. The math promotes unity in humankind irrespective of the religion they are born in.

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9. Rail Museum

9 out of 19
places to visit in 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.

10. Belilious Park

2 km
from city center
10 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

Belilious Park, situated in Howrah, is the new talk of the town. The Panchwati Group recently renovated the park after they received the tender from Howrah Municipal Corporation. The park which once remained isolated because it lacked maintenance and is averagely crowded on the weekends by visitors today. Along with being an ideal place for adventure, Belilious Park is spacious enough, with an area of 26 acres, to host significant events or concerts.

11. Writers Building

9 km
from city center
11 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

The Writers’ Building, located in the capital city of Kolkata, is a secretariat building of State Government of West Bengal. It is one of the many heritage buildings situated in Kolkata that brings out the essence of the British East India Company era. Stretched across Lal Dighi, a local water body in the B.B.D Bagh area of Kolkata, it has served as the office of Chief Minister of West Bengal up until 2013.

12. Babughat

9 km
from city center
12 out of 19
places to visit in 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.

13. Tipu Sultan Mosque

13 km
from city center
13 out of 19
places to visit in 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.

14. Swami Vivekananda Temple

1,295 km
from city center
14 out of 19
places to visit in 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.

15. Lal Dighi

9 km
from city center
15 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

Lal Dighi commonly known as Tank Square or Dalhousie Lake is situated in the heart of Kolkata, West Bengal. The tank is spread out over an area of 25 acres(100,000 sq. m). There are no records as to when the tank was built, but it is said that it was built before the British era. It was named Lal Dighi because of the red colour of water during the festival of Holi or dol in Bengali. Lal Dighi is surrounded by lush green trees which adds to the scenic view of the tank. Lal Dighi offers the magnificent view of Kolkata General Post Office (GPO), the Reserve Bank of India building and the iconic Writers Building. The tank also has the breathtaking view of Kolkata’s skyline.

16. The Great Banyan Tree

16 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

The Great Banyan tree, about 250 years old is located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden in Howrah. It is quite popular because of the gigantic size it has grown into in the past years, expanding to about 4.67 acres of land. The tree continues to grow beyond the 330-metre long road that was built around it circumference. It has been mentioned in many travel books since the 19th century.

17. Nivedita Setu

10 km
from city center
17 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

Nivedita Setu, also known as Second Vivekananda Setu, is situated in Howrah, Kolkata. This bridge often that acts as an extension of Belghoria Expressway connects major highways NH 2 and NH 6 to NH 34 and NH35. Nivedita Setu often appreciated for the architectural expertise displayed in its construction, is a cable-stayed bridge. With the purpose of reducing the intensity of daily traffic in the area, the bridge has an impressive average capacity of 48000 vehicles a day. This bridge is likely to be a memorable feature of your travels within the city!

18. Tiretta Bazaar

10 km
from city center
18 out of 19
places to visit in 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.

19. Smaranika Tram Museum

9 km
from city center
19 out of 19
places to visit in Howrah

The Smaranika Tram Museum, located in Kolkata, is the first of its kind tram museum cum cafe in India. It was inaugurated in 2014 in the Esplanade area to integrate the tram culture of Kolkata with the masses. A two-coach tram has been converted into a museum and an air-conditioned cafe. The Museum was built to celebrate Kolkata’s Tram culture, and it provides archives of the earliest trams and things associated with them. There is a cafe to enjoy some snacks and coffee with the unique experience of sitting in a tram coach.

FAQs on Howrah

What are the top sightseeing places in Howrah?

The top sightseeing places in Howrah are Santragachi Jheel, River Hooghly, Howrah Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu, Mullick Ghat Flower Market, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden.

What are the top hotels in Howrah?

There are 708 Hotels in Howrah which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Howrah are Dorota House, Handmade Homes, Kolkata Homestay|Ballygunge|WiFi|, The 58, Spacious 1BR Home in Kolkata, MODAK GUEST HOUSE. You can see all the hotels in Howrah here
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