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 it to Delhi.
Howrah has an extensive but badly-maintained transport system.
There is an extensive mini-bus network, and the destinations are generally written in both Bengali and English. There are no marked bus stops, you can flag the bus anywhere on its route. However, the brightly painted buses are extremely uncomfortable, noisy and crowded. The ticket is bought from an on-board conductor who hangs out of the doorway, yelling out the names of the streets which the bus will pass. When you want to get off, tell the driver a few blocks in advance and he'll stop the bus for you.
There are the usual Calcutta-type shuttle autos. The routes and fares are fixed, with 5 people per auto, and you have to wait for your co-passengers to turn up. When the three-wheeled contraption is full, it's off. Prepare for a bumpy ride since the suspensions are terrible! Fun, but not highly recommended if you want to get from A to B as fast as you can.
The suburban railway is extensive, but the trains are pathetically maintained. First class is supposed to have fans, but most of them don't work!! Not recommended.
Ferry service to cross the river Hoogly is very good. There are a number of Banks (on the other side) where the ferry's 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 would be fined ! If you want to have your foreign currency exchanged, take a ferry to Babughat Ghat (on the other side) and you will find the STATE BANK OF INDIA ( Regional Head Quater's), which is across the road. From there if you want to go walking to Esplanade ( Dharamtalla) you can do it, which is barely 15 minutes, you can walk pass by High Court of Calcutta, Eden Gardens ( Cricket Stadium), St.Johns Cathedral, Governor's House. Not very far from St.Johns Cathedral would be BBD BAG or Dalhousie Square where you will find the West Bengal Tourism Centre. Fairlie (Ghat) - if you want to buy train ticket the train reservation counter is at Fairlie Centre and another building next to it called Old Koilaghat Bldg., there are dedicated counters for only foreigners.
Belur Math - is situated in North part of Howrah (town)and is approximately 4 km from Howrah railway station. You can go there by Bus, auto or taxi.It takes 20-25 minutes to go and around 40 minutes to come as all the traffic comes from a longer route which is more congested.All modes of conveyance is easily available from adjacent to the Howrah railway station area/Howrah bus stand. Local trains also go th Belur Math, but going by auto, bus, taxi is much better as they drop you just infront of the enterance of Belur Math. No enterance fees required to go in the temple. Its a worthwhile visit. Situated next to the Ganges one can sit on the banks of the river Hoogly during evening time and relax. Diagonally opposite across the river Hoogly is situated Dakhineshwar Temple.If you take your car inside Belur Math, parking is free.
One can go to Dakhineshwar Temple from Belur Math, which is around 3.5 km. There is also ferry service from Belur Math to Dakhineshwar. This ride is advisable. The fares are cheap around Rs.4/- per head.
Botanical Garden - is situated n the South part of Howrah (town)and is approximately 3 km from the Howrah railway station.You can go there by Bus or taxi.It takes 20 minutes to go and around 30 minutes to come as all the traffic comes from a more congested route.All modes of conveyance is easily available from adjacent to the Howrah railway station area/Howrah bus stand. Parking is chargeable inside the Park. Rs.7/- hour.
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You should try egg, chicken, mutton roll. Best is egg chicken roll,at rs 20 it is available everywhere. You don't find it anywhere in the world. Mutton Biriyani is also worth a try, in Nijams or Arsalan.
- The Howrah Hotel, 1, Mukhram Kanoria Road(Adjacent to the Howrah Railway Station), ☎ :+91 3326413878/26412149/28490240/55538251(email@example.com), . checkin: 24 Hours. A heritage property, with a lot of character and one of the oldest hotels of Kolkata. Renowned for homey atmosphere and offers very neat and clean, airy rooms - one of the safest hotels in the locality, with cordial staff. Attached baths and cable TV. Five minutes walking distance from the railway station and bus stand. 5,000 sq ft garden.Rs 150-250+.
- Kolkata is just over the river, and probably the reason you're here in the first place.
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