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Introduction

Howrah is an industrial city, a municipal corporation in the Howrah district, West Bengal, India. Howrah, the second largest city of West Bengal and twin of Kolkata is said to have a rich history that dates back to 500 years. The name itself is possibly derived from a village named Harirah which was located in or about the site of modern day Howrah City. Venetian explorer Ceasare Federici was the first european who mentioned a place called Bator in his journal in 1578 AD which is identifiable with the modern day place around the Howrah City. The Bengal Council of East India Company, on the accession of the Emperor Farrukshiyar to the throne of Delhi in AD 1713, sent a deputation to him praying for a settlement of the villages 'Salica'(Salkia), 'Harirah'(Howrah), 'Cassundeah'(Kasundia),' Ramkrishnopoor' (Ramkrishnapur), and 'Battar'(Betor) to the west of river Bhagirathi and once the settlement was made in favour of the East India Company the places were quickly adopted as exit and entry point of sea fareing business hubs and the modernisation of Howrah city as we know it now, began.The Howrah Railway Terminus came up in 1854 and in 1862 the first municipal administration started functioning though the modern day Corporation as we see it now came into being in 1980 when the Howrah Act,1980 was implemented.

Area 51.74 sq km
Altitude 12 m above sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-28.0C,Max.-42.0 C Winter,Min.-8.0C,Max.-32.0C
Language Bengali, English, Hindi, Urdu
STD Code 0133
Rainfall 160 cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to July

Howrah MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-The Dum Dum Airport is the nearest and in Kolkata suburbs.
  2. Rail:-Howrah Station is the most important station in West Bengal after the capital city Kolkata. In fact, Howrah is the gateway to Kolkata as all trains to the capital city pass through Howrah. There are trains to and from all major cities of India.
  3. Road:- Howrah is well connected to all parts of the state by transport buses as well privately operated coaches. Howrah borders Kolkata which makes it quite easy to travel to the capital city.

Places to Visit

Belur Math Howrah Bridge The Indian Botanical Garden Howrah Railway Station
Dakhineshwar Temple      

Excursion

Victoria Memorial Howrah Bridge Marble Palace Fort William
BBD Bagh (Dalhousie Square) Birla Mandir    

Accommodation

Shoreline Hotel Hotel Clark Inn Hotel Meghdoot Fortune Park Panchawati