Top Tourist Places in Howrah, West Bengal, India
Howrah is a city in Howrah district in West Bengal, India and it is the second biggest city in West Bengal. Howrah is located on the banks of River Hooghly and Howrah Bridge connects Kolkata to Howrah. There are numerous small and large scale industries in Howrah and it is called as the industrial city of West Bengal and one of the busiest cities in West Bengal. Howrah is located 16 Kms away from Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal and it is surrounded by the Bally, Kolkata, Kalighat, Udaynarayanpur, Barrackpore, Raipur, Bagnan and Madhyamgram regions. Pin code of Howrah is 711101 and coordinates are 22.7500° N, 88.2500° E.
Tourism in Howrah:
Howrah is situated on the banks of River Hooghly (it is a tributary of Ganga River) and Howrah is well known as the twin city of Kolkata. Tourists can visit various destinations in and around Howrah and one of the famed attractions is the Banyan Tree and Howrah Bridge. Howrah is the busiest city and tourists must go for local shopping and must taste the Bengali food and the Bengali sweets.
Places to Visit in Howrah:
Howrah Bridge: Howrah Bridge is one of the major tourist attractions in Howrah and it is one of the busiest bridge, which is constructed on Hooghly River and this bridge connects Kolkata city with Howrah and best time to visit this bridge is during night.
Belur Math: this monastery is dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, situated in the Howrah city. Before it was identified as the Baranagar Math, later in the year 1899 it was shifter to Belur by Vivekananda, located close to Hooghly River.
Vidyasagar Setu: this is another bridge, which is built on the Hoogly River, connects Kolkata to Howrah and it is one of the longest bridge in Asia and one of the longest cable bridge in India. This bridge has been named after the former educationist of Bengal, Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
Gadiara: is one of the major tourist attractions in Howrah district, located at the distance of 75 Kms from Kolkata. Gadiara is located at the meeting point of Damodar, Hooghly and Rupnarayan rivers. Tourists can enjoy boat ride here and a fort, which is ruin and attracts numerous tourists.
Santragachi Jheel: this is one of the famed tourist destinations in Howrah and this lake is located in core of the city about 8 Kms from Kolkata city. This lake is famous for bird watching and tourists can come across distinct types of birds during the months of December and January and these birds migrate from various countries.
Other interesting places to visit near Howrah:
- Anand Niketan Kirtishala
- The Indian Botanical Garden
- Howrah Railway Station
Best Time to Visit Howrah:
Howrah is situated close to Bay of Bengal Sea, climate will be hot and humid during summer and best time to visit Howrah is between the months of October to March and during these months climate will be pleasant and tourists can enjoy outing.
How to Reach Howrah?
By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata is situated at the distance of 26 Kms from Howrah city and it connects to all the major cities in India and operates international flights as well, taxis are available from airport to Howrah frequently.
By Train: Howrah is served by Howrah Railway Terminus, which is located at the distance of 13 Kms from Howrah city and it is one of the busiest and major railway stations in Kolkata, which receives trains from all states of India.
By Road: Howrah is one of the major cities in Kolkata and it is well connected through roads and National Highway 6 and 117 connects to various cities in West Bengal and government of West Bengal operates public buses from distinct cities and towns to Howrah and auto rickshaws and taxis are available from Kolkata to Howrah.
Hotels in or around Howrah:
Howrah is tourist destinations and industrial city as well and one of the busiest and second largest city in Kolkata state and hotels are usually booked in Howrah city and tourist visiting Howrah must book the room in advance. Hotels rooms are classified into economy and luxury hotels and these hotels room will cost about Rs. 500 to 3,000 and above per night and luxury hotels provide the services like round the clock room service, doctor on call, conference rooms for businessmen, swimming pools, gyms, and few other facilities. Some of the prominent hotels in Howrah are listed here below:
- The Ashoka Hotel
- The Howrah Hotel
- Sampath Rail Yatri Niwas
- Shivam Hotel
- Manish Hotel
- The New Ashoka Hotel
- Natraj Hotel
- Saket Hotel
- Meghdoot Hotel
- Nirala Hotel
- Piyush Hotel
- Mohit Hotel
- Highway Inn International
- The Lake Land Country Club
- Balaji Hotel
- Cosy Hotel