During my recent visit to Kolkata, I visited both the railway stations in town but Howrah Railway station definitely caught my attention. While going from Delhi, we got down at Sealdah Railway station and went to Howrah for our back journey to the capital city of India.
The very first thing we were told by all our Kolkata friends was to leave early from our hotel, because traffic on the way to Howrah Railway station can be very unpredictable. We took good amount of time and hence reached early. But it's always better to reach early as compared to missing the train :).
Howrah Railway station has 23 platforms and it's must to know about your platform before you board your taxi, so that taxi can drop you at appropriate gate. Otherwise one needs to walk a lot outside the railway station. Unfortunately our driver was new in the city and he dropped us at wrong gate, so we know exact length of Howrah railway station.
Howrah Railway station is also one of the most busiest stations in India, which handles huge number of passengers everyday. And at the same time, some of it's parts are well maintained and cleaned up regularly. Although some parts of the railway station are in very bad state. It seems that cleaning exercise happens on the basis of kind of passengers a platform gets and trains.
Beautiful building and huge capacity makes Howrah a special Railway station in India. Every year, Indian Railways is making progress and millions of passengers use rails on daily basis.