Flower Market and Howrah Walk

Kolkata (Calcutta)

An estimated two million people pour into/out of Howrah station each day. To get to Calcutta, they walk or drive through the Howrah Bridge, or take local ferries. For millions of people, Howrah Bridge represents the quintessential image of Calcutta – the first thing they see when they arrive here. The area around Howrah station has grown into a self-contained mini-universe, catering to the needs of a huge floating population.

Pricing:  US$ 35 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

An estimated two million people pour into/out of Howrah station each day. To get to Calcutta, they walk or drive through the Howrah Bridge, or take local ferries. For millions of people, Howrah Bridge represents the quintessential image of Calcutta – the first thing they see when they arrive here. The area around Howrah station has grown into a self-contained mini-universe, catering to the needs of a huge floating population.

In this Tour:
• Walk from the Akashbani Bhawan (All India Radio Building) through the city’s heritage district, seeing the Town Hall, High Court, State Assembly and the popular Eden Gardens cricket stadium, to reach the banks of the river at Babu Ghat, an interesting place, with lots of activity (traditional masseurs, barbers, priests, and people offering prayers).
• Clamber aboard one of the popular local ferries to Howrah. The ride takes about 30 minutes, offering panoramic views of the twin cities (Calcutta and Howrah) on both sides of the river, and the bridge spanning the river.
• After disembarking, visit the bustling Howrah Station. Built in Romanesque style, this huge station is among the largest in the country.
• Join commuters walk on the iconic Howrah Bridge back to Calcutta (25 minutes).
• At the bottom of the bridge, visit the Flower Market. Flowers are an essential part of life in the city; they are bought for temple prayers, wedding decorations, events and festivals. Each god or goddess has their own favourite flowers and leaves. With its many stalls buzzing with activity, it provides the perfect colourful ending to the walk.

Duration of the tour : 3 hours

TOUR STYLE: local life

MEETING POINT: at Akshbani Bhawan

END POINT: at Gurudwara near flower market

TOUR START/END: Our guide can fix a taxi for you to get back to the hotel or we can also arrange for your pickup and drop from/to your hotel with an extra cost. Please write to us for cost.

TOUR DURATION: 3 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: All our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day at 9AM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress casually. Wear modest clothing and ensure sufficient sun protection. Also wear comfortable walking shoes.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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