Timings : All time
Time Required : Less than 1 hr
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Coronation Bridge is located in the beautiful city of Siliguri, that is a part of Darjeeling as well as Jalpaiguri Districts, in the marvellous north-eastern Indian state of West Bengal. The Coronation Bridge, located at a distance of about 20 kilometres from the city, offers a breathtaking view of the lush greenery and was constructed mainly to connect Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. This bridge is an incredible specimen of architecture inspired by the Roman architecture and is frequented by visitors who want to experience its grandeur and capture the panoramic view of the sparkling blue waters of River Teesta flowing underneath. Locals prefer visiting it to get some respite from the buzz of the city life, while adventure junkies can go rafting in the river to enjoy a different view of this engineering marvel.
The Coronation Bridge is named as National Highway 31 and is also considered to be the lifeline between Kalimpong, Nathula and Gangtok, because of the accessibility it provides. It is located close to the Sevokeswari Kali Mandir in Siliguri and visitors en-route to Sikkim or Darjeeling often take a few minutes to admire the scenic beauty around the bridge. The architecture and engineering of the bridge are one of the very few remaining in India. It is also known as "Bagh Pul" Or "Tiger Bridge" because of the two lion statues at one of the entrances.
The Coronation Bridge is a Spandrel or Arch Bridge with Roman Empire style of architecture. Spandrel means the space between two arches with a rectangular boundary. The Teesta river bed and the water current do not support any other type of bridge. Hence, the engineers decided to build an Arch Bridge. The abutment is shaped like an arch, and its horizontal thrust helps transfer the weight of the bridge evenly, hence allowing the colossal structure to stand tall in the erratic water currents.
Roman Bridges were primarily semi-circular and segmental arch bridges that allowed gallons of floodwater to flow underneath without causing any destruction to the bridge. The Coronation Bridge has sturdy layers of rock on either side of the river that supports the fixed arch of the bridge with spans of 1 x 250, 2 x 250 and 5 x 150 feet. The bridge also has a guide bond on the east bank of the river that guides the river water under the bridge.
Some locals also refer to it as "Loha Pul" because it is made of steel. The bridge, its engineering, architecture and the location is a visual treat to the exhausted eyes of the travellers en-route and must be included in the list of attractions to visit in Siliguri this year by one and all.
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