Bridge sights in India
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Howrah bridge, Kolkata's 700m-long architectural icon, is a vibrating abstraction of steel cantilevers, traffic fumes and sweat. Although over 60 years old it probably remains the world's busiest bridge.
Halfway along the path from Hampi Bazaar to the Vittala Temple, a track to the right leads to deserted Sule Bazaar, which gives you some idea of what Hampi Bazaar might have looked like if it hadn't been repopulated. At the southern end of this area is the Achyutaraya Temple. Its isolated location at the foot of Matanga Hill makes it quietly atmospheric.
The Hooghly might look unappealingly murky, but it's holy to Hindu Kolkatans whose main festivals often involve plunging divine puja images into its waters. The riverside ghats are interesting any morning or evening when die-hard devotees bathe and make offerings.
A photogenic if distinctly seedy vantage point is Babu Ghat, hidden behind a grubby, pseudo-Greek gateway near Eden Gardens. Here the votive floating candles simply add to the spectacle of colourful sunsets viewed through the impressively elegant Vidyasagar Setu suspension bridge.