Photographer's Note

This is the Howrah bridge on the river Ganga. It connects the city of Kolkata to Howrah, and hence its name. Otherwise, it is known as Rabindra setu after Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate poet.

The Howrah bridge is an engineering marvel. This cantilever bridge, built in 1943 is 97 metres (295 ft) high and 705 meters (2,150 ft) long.

This bridge replaced the existing "Howrah pool", the first rapport between the twin cities of Calcutta and Howrah. Built in 1874. However, this was unfastened everyday, particularly during night for steamers, boats and other aquatic vehicles to ply.

Howrah is a very busy industrial area and hosts Kolkata's busiest railway port, the Howrah Station. Hence, this bridge hums with activity round the clock and qualifies as the busiest bridge in the world, and regarded as the 'Gateway of Calcutta'.

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