Haora is Kolkata's twin city. With a population of 1,008,704 (2001
census) it is the second largest city of West Bengal and functions
as the headquarters of the Haora district. The city is an important
industrial and trading center. Haora serves as a major rail and
road transportation hub for the Kolkata metropolitan region. Like
Kolkata, Haora has developed in a north south axis along the G.T.
Road and the Andul Road.
The Haora Bridge
The HaoraBridge is probably what symbolizes both Haora and Kolkata.
It is the world' busiest bridge. It connects Haora Station, one
of the country's largest railway stations, to Kolkata.
Haora Railway Station
Two important National Highways - NH-2 and NH-6 link Haora (and
Kolkata) to the rest of the country. The busy Rabindra Setu or Haora
Bridge connects the city to Kolkata's Burrabazar. A second bridge
- the Vidyasagar Setu connects south Haora to the Kolkata Maidan.
The Kona Expressway links Vidyasagar Setu to NH-2 and NH-6.
The Haora Railway Station is one of the largest in the world with
rail connections to all major Indian cities and towns. Haora Station
also serves as an important terminus for the suburban railway services
of the Eastern and the South Eastern Railway.
One of the main tourist attractions of the city is the Indian Botanical
Gardens, in south Haora.
The banyan tree here has one of the largest canopies in the world.
Adjacent to the B. Garden is the Bengal Engineering College which
is the country's second oldest technical institute and is a deemed
The Belur Math
The Belur Math, founded by Swami Vivekananda , the headquarters
of the Ramakrishna Mission, is situated in Belur, north Haora.
The complex has a several educational institutes and the famous
Ramakrishna temple. Central Haora has an open area known as the
Haora Maidan. It is the site of a small stadium, a swimming complex
and a modern auditorium - Sarat Sadan. Haora Maidan is also the
site of the Asia's largest weekly textile market known as the Mangla
The Haora district is not just accessible by air, rail and road
but by water transport also.
Kolkata happens to be the nearest airport to Haora. The airport
caters to the travel needs of the domestic as well as the foreign
In terms of rail transport the Haora Railway Station - one of the
largest railway terminals in the world, connects several major towns
and cities of India to Haora.
The excellent road network links Haora with the other major destinations.
The National Highways number 2 and 6 connect Haora with the rest
of the country. For the transportation across the Hoogly River there
are the Haora Bridge and the Vidyasagar Setu. The Vidyasagr Setu
is often referred to as the Second Hoogly Bridge.
Besides these means of transportation the regular ferry services
between the east and the west banks of the Hoogly River navigate
Best Time To Visit
Though you may plan your visit to Haora any time of the year the
months of the famous Durga Puja festival are the best time! The
festival is celebrated in the month of September or October as per
the religious calendar of the Hindus.
General Information & Accomdation info on Haora city of West
Bengal - India