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