Most Stunning Indian Bridges You Must Visit
India has a vast geographical diversity that ranges from desert and sand dunes to beaches and rivers to seas. In fact, the Rivers and Seas are home to various spectacular bridges, which are fine examples of both great engineering and architectural excellence. Drawing travelers and daily commuters in equal measure these road, pedestrian, rail and oversea bridges not only connect remote places or simplifies the traffic in big cities, but also make for excellent photographic options. If you are a passionate photographer and love to capture exotic bridges, then read on to this write-up and get to know about some of the most beautiful as well as picture perfect bridges.
Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Mumbai
These astonishing silver cone cable bridge of the Bandra-Worli Sea link (in Mumbai) is an amazing bridge to race against the winds and see stunning sunsets of Arabian Sea. This 5.6 KM long bridge is quite compatible to Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. Opened in the year 2009, it is India’s longest bridge over water. Enlightened beautifully during the night, this bridge sparkles on Mumbai city’s skyline after sunset and among the most enthralling sights.
Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram
Absolutely rising above the waters of the Indian Ocean, it is a 100-year-old rail and Road Bridge connects a two–km-long stretch between the Indian mainland and Rameshwaram on Pamban Island. This engineering marvel not only provides magnificent views of the islands and seascape around, but also occasionally opens up to let the ships, fishing vessels, cargo carriers and oil tankers sail through it.
Lakshman Jhula & Ram Jhula, Rishikesh
The most notable structures in Rishikesh, a religious destination in Uttarakhand, Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula are two iron suspension bridges constructed across the Ganga River (River Ganges). Offering magnificent views of this small hill town’s surrounding valleys and dense forests, the bridges are meant for pedestrian use and are a must-visit for visitors to Rishikesh.
Living Root bridges, Cherrapunjee
One of its kinds, the living root bridges in Cherrapunjee are natural marvels. These living bridges are made by intertwining the aerial roots of the banyan trees. They are hand-woven and crafted by members of the Khasi tribe of Meghalaya and used for crossing streams and gorges. Walking and clicking pictures of these bridges is truly a delight. Amongst these, the double-decker suspension bridge ‘Jingkieng Nongriat’ in the Nongriat village is another famous attraction to visit while in Cherrapunjee. These bridges are renowned to be extraordinarily strong, which can uphold the weight of around 50 people at a time and become even more long-lasting over the time.
Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
Amongst the most recognized landmarks of the City of Joy-Kolkata, the Howrah Bridge is an engineering wonder which can carry over 100,000 vehicles and more than 150,000 pedestrians every day. Built across the waters of Bay of Bengal, this bridge was constructed without any use of nuts or bolts. The architectural marvel stands tall on 26,500 tons of steel riveted strongly to form a distinct shape.
New Yamuna Bridge, Allahabad
The longest cable-stayed bridge in India, the New Yamuna Bridge is a magnificent road-bridge that runs across the Yamuna River, connecting the city of Allahabad to Naini. Comprising of six lanes (including pedestrian and bicycle lanes), the bridge is one of the most beautifully illuminated road transit links in the country.
Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata
Running 3.6 km over the Hooghly River and linking the cities of Kolkata and Howrah, Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India and Asia. It comprises of nine traffic lanes that allow a total of 30,000 vehicles to traverse through it each day. It is one of the several bridges built on the Hooghly River and is often called the second Hooghly Bridge.
Nivedita Setu, Kolkata
Designed to withstand 48,000 vehicles each day, Nivedita Setu is a cable-stayed bridge built over Hooghly River in Kolkata. Stretching up to a kilometre, the bridge comprises of seven spans helping in the easy movement of traffic in the City of Joy.