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Howrah is a city in Southeast Bengal in India, just to the west of Kolkata.


Howrah official is a city on its own but in fact it has long grown into one huge city together with Kolkata. Howrah is located on the Northern bank of the Hooghly river. Generally Howrah is considered poorer and less modern than the Kolkata side.

Get in

Howrah Railway Station is one of the largest stations in the country. The headquarters of Eastern Railways, it is well-connected to other parts of India. The Rajdhani Express connects to Delhi.

From its twin-city Kolkata it is easy to arrive by local city bus. As the station is the major transportation hub literally every second bus goes to Howrah station.

Get around

See: Kolkata#Get_around

To zip around between Kolkata and Howrah the ferry service to cross the river Hoogly is very good. There are a number of Banks (on the other side) and the ferries go to such as Armenian, Fairlie, Chandpal, Babughat, Princep. The fare per head is Rs 4, buy the ticket before you board the ferry and retain the ticket till after you have crossed to the other side and have shown it to the ticket checker near the Exit gate or else you will be fined!


Across the river Hoogly is the [[Kolkata/North_Kolkata#See|Dakhineshwar Temple]].

By travelling with the "Howrah - Belur Math" local train to Belur Math you might catch a glimpse of the oldest operating Railway workshop in India built in 1853.




Local foods you must try are egg, chicken and mutton roll. They are known for their egg chicken roll, which is available anywhere for Rs 20. You will not find these foods anywhere else in the world. Mutton Biriyani is also worth a try, in Nijams or Arsalan.



There are not many hotels in Howrah. Look around the station and considered staying in Kolkata.

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