Top 4 Places to visit in Howrah

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Belur Math - Howrah

This is the headquarters of the Ramkrishna Mission and Math and is also the center of the Ramkrishna Movement. This was built by Swami Vivekananda who was a disciple and an ardent follower of Ramakrishna Paramhandsa. When Swami Vivekananda went to Colombo in 1897, he ordered the building of two missionaries, one at Belur and the other near Almora. Thhese were places meant for the young boys who would become future sanyasis and to train them for their activities. The Belur Math is on the western banks of the hooghly River and also encompasses the Ramakrishna Mission University. This is one of the most important institutions as well as an architectural marvel of the country. The design and architecture of the building is a mixture of Hindu, Islam, Christian as well as Buddhist styles of architecture. The reason behind this was the motto of Swami Vivekananda that all human beings are equal and that humanity is their only religion. The building looks different from different angles and the three chattris are inspired from thew thatched huts of Kamarhati, a village which was also the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. There is a temple where the statue of Paramhansa is seated on a 100 petalled lotus. There is also a shrine of Swami Vivekananda built on the same place where parts of him were cremated in 1924.
A place where you can get a lot of information about Swami Vivekananda and his guru Swami Paramahansa.
Kushendra Tiwary

211 Followers, 85 Reviews


This place was started by Lord Ramakrishna Dev's disciple, Swami Vivekananda. This place is not only a place of worship, but it's an admirable piece of art if it's viewed from the eyes of an artist. The main temple, has been constructed quite beautifully with minute detailing to every nook and corner of the structure. The place where Lord Ramakrishna Dev's idol is placed, is made in such a way that devotees can get a clear view from the corners as well. There are shrines of Goddess Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. You could even think of spending the night there as there are clean and well maintained guest houses and delicious food (veg though.) served to guests. Also, you might get to witness the 'Arti' at the temple at dawn. Now this might sound quite petty a thing, but it does instil a lot of inner peace and tranquility. Local's tip: please keep your gadgets in your bags, switch off your cell phones and please don't try clicking pictures from any corner of the campus. This is considered to be punishable. Also, if you want to take a dip in the river Ganga, you are gladly welcome, but make sure you carry spare clothes with you. Try not littering the place, not because it's punishable, but you don't want to carry around the guilt of littering a place that's clean and beautiful as Belur Math, which has maintained this reputation for over 200 years.
Nilanjana Chatterjee

149 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to do
meditation, worship
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Budget
Entry Free

Howrah Railway Station - Howrah

This is the oldest as well as largest railway station of India and is the second busiest of the country as well. It has 23 platforms andalso one of the largest traffic per day. It is one of the intercity railway stations of India, the others being the Sealdah Station, Shalimar Station and the Kolkata Station. The railway station looks awesome from outside with a typical Church style of design with a huge clock on top. This is on the West Bank of the Hooghly River and is connected by the famous air suspended bridge known as the Second Hooghly Setu or simply the Hooghly or Howrah Bridge. The station was started in the year 1824. All the railway authorities have their trains linked from here to other parts of the country and the local authority is no doubt the Eastern Railway.
Now I know what you would think seeing this at first. Why would anyone want to start off their trip with a Railway Station? Or why would a person pick a railway station for sightseeing? Well, here's the answer: Since Kolkata was the first city to be occupied by the British and it also happened to be the capital of the country initially, this Railway station like no other, has stories to tell about the British and their stay here when Kolkata (Then known as Calcutta) was the capital of the country. The interesting part about this place is that it would expose you to the typical Indian environment of people belonging different walks of life. Right from food vendors to elitists. According to me, from all the Railway Stations I've been to, Howrah railway station has a charm of its own. With a variety of eateries where ever you look and bookstores, it's a good pass time for travelers who need to wait for their train's arrival.
Nilanjana Chatterjee

149 Followers, 6 Reviews


One of the oldest Railway Station with beautiful architecture and its apt location on western bank of Hoogly...The famous Howrah bridge is visible from here.
Vikram Phadke

140 Followers, 3 Reviews


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Howrah Bridge - Howrah

Howrah Bridge made from 705m long steel cantilevers, is something that catches the attention of old and young alike. It is one place that defines Kolkata in real terms. Though, the place is always polluted and is really crowded, the view of the place is worth the pain taken to reach there. It is one of the top notch architectural icons of Kolkata from World War II till date. For those who want to click this wonderful bridge, needs to do it from a ferry on River Ganga that passes from below it. The Howrah Bridge is also the connection between the city and the 1906 formed Howrah station.
One of the most iconic landmarks of Kolkata, this cantilever bridge connects Kolkata to its twin city of Howrah.
Debashree Roy

135 Followers, 15 Reviews


Best time to visit
Early morning
Things to do
Explore the architecture
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Howrah Station - Howrah

Because it had to end at some point, but this is just the starting!
Shreya Rathi

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