The Howrah Bridge (officially called the Rabindra Setu, after renowed Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore), is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. Commissioned in 1943, it replaced a pontoon bridge at the same location linking the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta).
The bridge is one of four on the Hooghly River and is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal. It weathers the storms of the Bay of Bengal region, carrying a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, the Howrah Bridge is the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.