What this tour is about: The rail terminus for the east Indian railway is at Howrah. An estimated two million people (yes! you heard right!) pour into/out of Howrah station each day. To get to Calcutta, they walk or drive through the Howrah bridge, or take local ferries. For millions of people, Howrah bridge represents the quintessential image of Calcutta, the first thing they see when they arrive here. The area around Howrah station has grown into a self-contained mini-universe, catering to the needs of a huge floating population.
Howrah station and Howrah bridge are a “real life spectacle” not to be missed by any visitor to Calcutta. And what better way to experience this spectacle it than by ferry and foot, joining the throng of daily commuters, vacationing families, railway porters, tea vendors, fruit sellers, et al. It doesn’t get more real than this!
At the base of the Howrah bridge, on the Calcutta side, is the city’s bustling wholesale flower market. Flowers are an essential part of life in the city, they are bought not just for temple prayers but also for wedding decorations, events and festivals. Each god or goddess has their own favourite flowers and leaves. Walking through the flower market is a colourful, fragrant experience.
How the tour works: We will start the tour at Akashbani Bhawan, the All India Radio building (a familiar city landmark).
|Start Place||:||Akashbani Bhawan|
|End Point||:||Gurudwara near Flower Market (we will help find local transport, of your car can pick you up from there)|
|Cost||:||Rs 1600 per person for a minimum of 2 persons. Solo travellers pay for two|
|Includes||:||English/French speaking guide, ferry tickets, personalised walk, illustrated handouts, all taxes|
|Duration||:||2.5 hrs + ferry ride|