Tourist Spots in Howrah District [Howrah Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu, Santragachi Jheel, Garchumuk, The Indian Botanical Garden and More]


Howrah is the second largest city of West Bengal. The city has a history of more than 500 years and is the headquarters of Howrah District.  It is located on the western bank of Hooghly River in the state of West Bengal, India. Howrah is an excellent tourist destination and it is popular as the twin city of Kolkata. Read this article to know about the best tourist spots in Howrah District. Many people visit here to various attractions like Howrah Bridge, Howrah railway Station, Vidyasagar Setu, Indian Botanical garden, Santragachi Jheel etc. Monsoon and winter are the best seasons to visit Howrah.

Location Map of Howrah District 

Location map of howrah District

A full list of amazing tourist spots in Howrah District (West Bengal, India)

Here in this post, I have prepared a full list of tourist spots in Howrah District. Look at the list of Best spots in below-

Howrah Bridge:

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Howrah Bridge is the most important landmark of Howrah city. It is built over the Hooghly River and it is known as 1st Hooghly Bridge.  The bridge does not have nuts and bolts and was built by riveting the whole structure, that’s why this bridge is the prime attraction of every tourist. Every tourist 1st come here to see the Howrah Bridge. “Rabindra Setu” has been named after Visvakabi Rabindranath Tagore in the year 1965 on 14 June, who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate. But no one called this bridge “Rabindra Setu” because it is still popularly famous as “Howrah Bridge”.

Second Hooghly Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu:

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Vidyasagar Setu is popularly known as the Second Hooghly Bridge. This largest bridge is built over the Hooghly River. It is lighted up in the evening and is a beautiful sight. The structure has been built perfectly and is a tourist attraction. This Bridge connects the twin cities Howrah and Kolkata. This bridge is 822.96 meters long (approx.) and it is considered as one the lengthiest bridge in India, as well as in Asia also. The Bridge has been named after Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, who was an educator, reformer and philanthropist of West Bengal in the 19th century. The Bridge was constructed under the joint venture of private firms and public sector Undertakings, working under the supervision of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners.

Belur Math:

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Belur Math is a renowned monastery situated in the Howrah district of West Bengal. This Monastery is dedicated to Shree Ramkrishna Paramhansa. Previous this monastery was popularly known as the “Baranagar Math” because it was sited at a place named “Baranagar”. Latter, “Belur Math” was moved to Belur by Swami Vivekananda in the year 1899. Swami Vivekananda was the pupil of Shree Ramkrishna Paramhansa. The Monastery is located beside the Hooghly River. The architecture o this monastery is the prime attraction for every tourist.

Howrah Railway Station:

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The Howrah Railway Station is considered as one of the biggest and the second busiest station in the world. This Big station was established in 1854, the very first train that departed from the station was to Pandua. This is the first station that started to operate in Eastern India Zone. The Howrah Station is divided into the various section. There is an old terminal from where the trains depart further east and southeast. But now present days a new terminal has been formed from where leave to other parts of the country. There are currently 23 platforms in Howrah Station. It is a Good tourist Destination for every tourist.

Santragachi Jheel:

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Santragachi Jheel is a beautiful lake spanning an area of 32 acres. The lake is located in the central part of Howrah city and at a distance of 10 km from Kolkata. This place is popular as a habitat of migratory winter birds. During December and January, various types of birds migrated here from the far away destination. The major attraction of this lake is Whistling-duck. During the migratory season, birds fly from Baluchistan, Siberia and several places in Europe, to this place. Every tourist come here to watch different types of migratory birds like goose, cotton pygmy goose, comb duck etc.  The forest department of West Bengal maintains Santragachi Jheel.


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Garchumuk is an excellent tourist destination of Howrah District in West Bengal. Garchumuk is situated at the confluence of River Hooghly and River Damodar. The barrage of Garchumuk is the prime attraction for every tourist. Mainly tourists come here to see the locked gate. This lock gate is popularly known as Atanna gate or 58 no. gate, featuring 58 lock gates.

The Deer park of Garchumuk is also an attraction for tourist. This park is also an ideal picnic spot, where tourists can enjoy boat rides on the Hooghly River.

Anand Niketan Kirtishala:

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Anand Niketan Kirtishala is a quiet and peaceful museum. It is situated at Bagnan in the Howrah District. The Museum has huge-antic collections of ancient potteries, terracotta figures, temple terracotta plaques, stone sculptures, scroll painting, wooden items, bronze icons, coins, manuscripts etc.

Ramkrishnapur Ghat:

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Ramkrishnapur Ghat is one of the most popular Ghats in Howrah District. This Ghat is famous for arranging various types of festivals like Ganga puja, Ganga arati, Tarpan etc. Huge numbers of devotees meet here to enjoying the festivals.

Rail Museum:

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Rail Museum in Howrah District is an interesting destination for child and adult both. It is one of the oldest museums in West Bengal. If you come to this site then, you can see all things which are related to Railway department. It is open for all from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm except Thursday. It is a good place for relaxing and family gathering.

The Indian Botanical Garden:

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The Indian Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden for nature lovers. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden is also famous its popular name Royal Botanical Garden. The botanical garden is known for its 250-year-old Banyan Tree, which has the largest canopy in the world. The garden also has an artificial lake that nurtures several species of fish. There are different types of flora and fauna (More than 450 species) present in this forest. The main species in this forest are including jackal, Indian fox, Snakes and the main trees are bamboos, palms, orchids, pine etc.

The Botanical garden originally has specimens of 2.5 million dried plant and it has collects 12000 living plants from various parts of the world. This botanical garden is the habitat of some rare species of trees from Sumatra, java, Penang, Brazil, Sicily and Nepal. Boating facilities are also available here.


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Gadiara town is located in the Howrah District and it is also an attraction for every tourist. The town Gadiara is situated at the meeting point of River Damodar, River Hooghly and River Rupnarayan. It is just 80 kilometers away from Kolkata city. The major attraction of this site is the ruin of a fort built during the time of Lord Clive. Tourist comes here to boat riding. This beautiful site of Howrah District is the ideal destination for picnic, relaxing and family gathering.


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The village Deulti is located on the riverbank of Roopnarayan. This site is another popular destination of Howrah District. Culture, heritage and nature beauty of this place attracts every tourist.

Deulti is also famous for the birthplace of great Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, now it is a heritage property. He lived in this village from 1926 to 1938. During present days this heritage maintained by the government.

 The shrines of Radha and Madanigopal are another attraction of this destination. This eight roofed or atchala temple was constructed by Mukundaprasad Roychoudhury in the year 1651 AD. Every tourist comes here to gather some knowledge about this historical site.

If you love adventure, so friends don’t waste your time and visit all amazing destination in Howrah District, which I have already mentioned.

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