The Howrah district is situated on the western bank of the Hoogly River. Howrah is the twin city of Kolkotta. At Howrah do visit the Belur Math. The tourist attraction of Belur Math is renowned for the Ramakrishna temple. The lovely lawns of this headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission are amazing. Besides the temple there are several educational institutes also at Belur Math.
BEST TIME TO VISIT :
Though you may plan your visit to Howrah any time of the year the months of the famous Durga Puja festival are the best time! The festival is celebrated in the month of September or October as per the religious calendar of the Hindus.
Howrah Bridge - Howrah
Attractions and Places to Visit in Howrah
While at Howrah do check out the Great Indian Banyan Tree at the Indian Botanical Gardens. The Great Banyan Tree boasts of having the largest canopy in the world. The botanical garden happens to be the oldest in India and was founded in 1786. Close to the Botanical Gardens are the deemed university and the famous technical institute of the Bengal Engineering College. For the pious as well as the tourists with an archaeological bend of mind the Temple of Madangopaljiu Bagnan of 1651 at the Mellak village is a must visit. While in the temple, do check out the awesome pieces of terracotta art. At Howrah do visit the village of Gadiara, which is the point of convergence of the Damodar, the Rupnarayan and the Hooghly rivers. Gadiara in the lap of nature is a popular spot with the localities as well as the tourists. At Gadiara the Fort Mornington Point and the lighthouse will not fail to catch your eye.
How to Reach Howrah
BY AIR: The Howrah district is not just accessible by air, rail and road but by water transport also. Kolkotta happens to be the nearest airport to Howrah. The airport caters to the travel needs of the domestic as well as the foreign tourists.
BY RAIL: In terms of rail transport the Howrah Railway Station connects several major towns and cities of India to Howrah.
BY ROAD: The excellent road network links Howrah with the other major destinations. The National Highways number 2 and 6 connect Howrah with the rest of the country. For the transportation across the Hoogly River there are the Howrah Bridge and the Vidyasagar Setu.
BY WATER: Besides these means of transportation the regular ferry services between the east and the west banks of the Hoogly River navigate the commuters. The Vidyasagr Setu is often referred to as the Second Hoogly Bridge.