In the heritage land of lakes, rivers, big dams and canals, how can bridges be far behind. India has it all to amaze tourist across the globe. The Indian infrastructures of bridges and engineering achievements are making their way to international market. India has some of the best structure of expressway, flyovers and bridges along with some of the best bridges that are renowned and synonymous with the country. Here I have listed some of the best bridges in India that are watch worthy while on a tour to the country.
Following are the top 5 Best Bridges in India
- VidyaSagar Setu, Kolkata
Also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu is a bridge is a cable bridge in Kolkata; made over river Hooghly. A demonstration of constructional excellence, VidyaSagar Setu acts as a vital link between the capital city– Kolkata – and Howrah. The setu serves the communication of around 85, 000 transportation sources regularly. Erected in1992, the entire structure of the Setu was transformed into an operational bridge in a time span of 22 long years. One of the major attractions of the state of West Bengal, Vidyasagar Setu of the capital city, kolkata receives massive inflow of tourist round the year. It is popular with both domestic and international tourists. It is one of the best and popular bridges in India.
- Mandovi Bridge, Panjim
In the west coast, Mandovi Bridge links the towns of Panjim to Porvorim in Goa. In the night the lights from the bridge getting reflected in the waters of the Mandovi River which is eye catching for the tourists. All Government Buildings are along the River side especially the Palace of Adilshah, the Sultan of Bijapur of the 16th Century. In 1843 the Portuguese made the Palace the seat of the Governor General of Goa. After Liberation it became the Secretariat building, and now to be made a museum.
- Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh
The famous hanging bridge across Ganga, Lakshman Jhula, is about 3 km from the main township of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Situated at a height of 70 feet from the river, the bridge is 450 feet long and one of the favorite tourist hot spot of the country.
According to the mythological tales, once Lakshman, the younger brother of Hindu Lord Rama, crossed river Ganga at the same site where the bridge now stands. The landmark bridge presents a wonderful sight of the river below, the temples and the Ashrams around. Rishikesh is also one of the spiritual destinations in India visited by thousands of pilgrims round the year.
- Dera Gopipur Bridge, Dehra
The Beas Bridge or Dera Gopipur Bridge is the prime attraction of Dehra, a small town in Himachal, 537 kms from Delhi. It’s a long concrete bridge over the river that connects Dehra to Gopipur located on the other side. Standing by the railings of the bridge with the vehicles speeding fast and gazing at the green waters of the Beas River is a unique experience of its kind. The rain fed Beas at the backdrop of the bridge looks majestic after the monsoon and makes the visit worthwhile.
- Bridge no. 226 on the Kalaka shimla railway, Kalka
The Kalka Shimla Railway line is full of enchanting stone bridges. A bridge that deserves special mention is the 97.4 m long and 19.3 m high bridge no. 226 which is a arch gallery type bridge. It lies between Sonwara and Dharampur having 5 tier galleries of multiple spans, constructed with stone masonry and bridging a deep valley surrounded by high peaks.
Main beauty of this bridge is the arrangement and the engineering feat by which the tapering deep valleys are bridged intelligently dividing the whole height in to tiers to overcome the narrowness problem. This arch-gallery bridge is the longest such bridge on the Kalka-ShimlaRailway (KSR).