Howrah Bridge = Calcutta

All great cities have their architectural symbols, which over time become synonymous with the city itself. So, New York has its Statue of Liberty, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, which incidentally was considered a monstrosity by many people in Paris, at the time of its construction, but is today one of the most famous structures of the modern world. Then there are monuments which become synonymous with the country itself. So, Taj Mahal is easily the first thing which comes to mind, when people think of India. Or, if you are familiar with Delhi, it would probably be the Qutub Minar.

Similarly, if we talk about Calcutta, there are 2 structures which people usually associate with the city. One is Victoria Memorial. And, the other has to be the Howrah Bridge.

Howrah Bridge was built in 1943, to replace the existing pontoon bridge, on the river Hooghly, to connect the two cities, Kolkata and Howrah.

It is called Rabindra Setu, named after the great Bengali poet and first Asian Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. But, for all practical purposes, we Calcuttans call it, Howrah Bridge.

I have recently acquired an ultra wide-angle lens, and was really itching to use it. And what better way to use it, than to capture the Howrah bridge on a cold, foggy morning, before sunrise.

So, I woke up at around 4:30 am on a Saturday morning and drove down to capture some moments of the early morning activity at Jagannath Ghat, which is next to the Howrah Bridge.

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Tell me about the landmark which, you feel, is synonymous with your city.

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53 thoughts on “Howrah Bridge = Calcutta

    • Thank you so much Belinda, for pointing out which you liked the best! Helps me figure out what I am doing correct, and which needs improvement! And I had no idea about the link between Amsterdam and Cocoa…and the link was really superb!! Thank you for sharing this information! πŸ™‚

  1. The Howrah Bridge was made for the wide-angle lens! πŸ˜€ Lovely photos!! You must one day also capture the big flower market which is not far from the bridge (I think!)

    • Thanks a lot Snowflake!!! πŸ™‚ And yes, you are so right! Howrah bridge and wide angle lenses are made for each other! πŸ™‚ And the flower market is indeed next to the bridge…I had gone their once…will have make another trip! πŸ™‚

  2. I like the first and the last take best, but they are all sooooo good. That fog really added to the whole mystery of the structure, making the connection more uncertain and mysterious. A landmark of my town (which is Zagreb – the capital of Croatia) is the cathedral πŸ˜€ http://bopaula.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/towers/ . Btw I have several pics of Eiffel tower on my blog πŸ˜€

    • Thank you Paula, for taking the trouble to point out the ones you liked more! πŸ™‚ I love capturing the fog here in Calcutta…it adds drama to mundane stuff…perfect for a someone who loves drama! πŸ™‚

  3. BRILLIANT!

    I fucking love the black and white pictures, but then I was totally breathtaken by the last one.

    So, Seattle…famous icon is the Space Needle and the whole skyline with Mt. Rainier in the background. http://latefor.deviantart.com/art/Seattle-Skyline-with-Mount-Rainier-272560868

    But as a native, I really miss the skyline with the Kingdome (indoor sports arena).

    You love photography, you’d love it here, so many beautiful things to see.

        • Hahaha…Ms. A..i also know the 3 letters which follow πŸ˜€ And no, I have not been stalking you in cyber space… πŸ˜› I just was trying to compliment you on your unusual blog name! πŸ˜€

          • πŸ˜‰ I don’t know what you’re talking about. My initial is A. Followed by MAZE, you know, for labyrinths. And since I’m such a doer. the last 3 are ING! πŸ™‚ Cmmmaaannn Know-All!

            • HAHAHAHA!! Well well…Ms. A-MAZE-ING…i will tell you what happened tody…i was travelling back by the local train, when I saw this WP notification on my phone…and reading it..i suddenly started chuckling to myself…my co-passengers were looking at me, as if they had seen an AMAZING nutcase! πŸ˜€

    • Thank you, thank you! I would recommend it to you too…Tokina 11-16mm…I had gone to the shop looking for an 85mm, but they did not have it in stock, so ended up buying this instead! πŸ˜€

    • hahaha…very valid point! and considering that a dip in the ganga is considered as holy…one that supposedly washes all your sins away…and seeing how dirty our rivers are..i am guessing lot of sinners around! πŸ˜€

          • Thanks for acidentally reminding me about the song through your post. I haven’t played it for a long time! I’ll see if I can make a simple video through Lightroom and upload it to YouTube.
            Here’s some more of the lyrics, with some Hindi in there:

            Sleepers bus to Pushkar
            met this beauty from Bangalore
            larki larka se milta hai
            Bhagwan ki madded se
            but, ooh kya problem hai
            shadi, shadi in December yeah
            and who is the groom to be
            well I’m telling you that it’s not me
            ’cause I’m afraid that there is no rani
            for a simple street raja like me
            Ali Baba had his chalis chori
            all I have is this true story
            about this handsome travelling prince
            a mere shadow on your streets
            with his destiny
            akela marna akeli zindagi

  4. Nice. Waking at 4:30 am paid off. These pictures are magnificent.
    Speaking of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, I prefer the view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower, than from. Well I’ve never climbed the Eiffel Tower though, but in general.
    And Delhi, I’d say India Gate and Rashtapati Bhawan, more than the Qutub Minar.
    There is no landmark building in the country I live in now, or anything worth talking about.

    • C’mon…what place do you stay in, which has nothing of interest!! I am sure it has something worth talking about, its just that you are not too happy being there! πŸ™‚
      Interesting point about Delhi..India Gate, I also agree is a landmark…not sure about Rashtrapati Bhavan, though! I think, Parliament House is more unique…
      And yes, if you want to have photography as a hobby, you cannot afford to be a late riser! Glad that you liked the photos! πŸ™‚ Ever been to Calcutta?

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