The mighty Howrah Bridge in Calcutta is the lifeline between the city of Howrah on the West side of the Hooghly River and Calcutta on the East. There is a massive amount of traffic, vehicles and pedestrians every day.
These pictures were taken on December 8, 2018. I walked across the bridge from Calcutta and back with the crowds of pedestrians. It is worth doing to get a feel of this great city.
These pictures were taken with my fifty-year old Minolta camera with a 28 mm Vivitar lens. I developed the film myself. Sometimes old things work better.
A constant stream of people are walking across the bridge.
An impressive sight. The massive bridge shakes from time to time as one walks across it.
On the way up to the walkway of the bridge.
The regulations against vending on the approaches to the bridge are conveniently ignored, it seems. In some cases, at least.
A constant stream of traffic and people.
It is about one third of a mile across the bridge.
I was actually supposed to be crossing on the opposite side of the bridge, to the left.
It is sometimes very crowded.
There is a place for relieving one’s self before making the trek. I took a picture clandestinely.
The famous flower market under the bridge.
A lot of goods cross on heads, for sure.
And on shoulders.
It is a city full of life and activity and one must be cautious to keep from getting run over. Light crossings often do not work. I was rather stuck here. The best way to get across the street is to join a jaywalking crowd and hope for the best.
Colorful old trams that sometimes run off the rails. It is a wonder how they keep going.
Coconuts cut open for drinking the juice. Plentiful fruits.
Plates of fruit, papaya, watermelon, banana and so on sold under the bridge.
After doing a lot of trekking around India, I always wanted to take this trek through Calcutta. A great and vibrant city full of life and of course, great wealth and great poverty.
India is a sort of photographer’s paradise. Every meter of the city is another interesting picture. It must be the greatest place in the world to do street photography. If one has the energy, that is. December is a pleasant time of the year.