There’s something about crossing a bridge that evokes unparalleled emotions in travellers. May be it is to do with the fact that a bridge signifies a connection, a transition, easy accessibility and a general pride in the human accomplishment. Add to it the fact that some bridges are downright gorgeous and are brilliant pieces of architecture, built over rivers and the sea, pass through gorgeous landscapes and offer panoramic vistas of the surrounding areas; and their charm becomes all the more affective.
If you too are a lover of beautiful bridges, below we have for you some of the most stunning bridges that you can find in India:
Dhola Sadiya Bridge
Connecting the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, at 9.15 kilometres Dhol Sadiya Bridge is the longest bridge in India. Also known as Bhupen Hazarika Bridge, the bridge covers the Lohit River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. The travellers crossing the bridge are treated to panoramic views of the river as well as lush fields around.
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Officially called the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this beautiful steel bridge connects Worli in South Mumbai to Bandra in West Mumbai. Built over the Arabian Sea, the bridge is one of the best examples of modern Indian architecture and remains a popular spot in Mumbai for witnessing gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The night view of the Maximum City of India from the bridge is the one that remains etched in visitors’ memory for a long time.
Built over the Hooghly River in the Indian state of West Bengal, Howrah Bridge has become the face of Kolkata and features regularly on post cards and travel magazines dedicated to the city. Built in 1943, the Howrah Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in India that still remain heavily used. One of the longest cantilever bridges in the world; Howrah Bridge is also called the Rabindra Setu after the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Mahatma Gandhi Setu
Connecting the cities of Patna and Hajipur in the Indian state of Bihar, the Mahatma Gandhi Bridge is the second longest river bridge in India. The bridge has four lanes for the movement of traffic and pedestrian pathways on each side from where glorious views of the river and the city afar can be enjoyed.
Godavari Arch Bridge
A bowstring-girder bridge, the Godavari Arch Bridge is one of the longest pre-stressed concrete arch bridges in Asia. This architectural marvel has 28 twin arches, and make for a grand spectacle over the Godavari River at Rajahmundry. The bridge remains a popular symbol of the region’s architectural development.
More than 100 years old, the Pamban Bridge serves as a link between the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu and mainland India. A railway bridge, the Pamban Bridge was the longest bridge in India till the popular Worli-Bandra Sea Link opened in Mumbai. As the trains cross the bridge on the Rameswaram Island, the scenery changes to one straight out of a fantasy movie.
Constructed over River Sutlej in Bilaspur in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Kandrour Bridge is one of the highest bridges in the world. As the mist flows over River Sutlej and mountains are visible in the distance; crossing this bridge reminds one of a scene from one of their favourite romantic books.