10 Historic Bridges Of India That Are Enduring Architectural Feats

Waquar Habib

Wazirabad Bridge, Delhi

A strikingly historic bridge, it is a Tughluq-era structure built by Sultan Firuz Shah Tughlaq in the 14th century. It is made of rubble and has nine arches, colonnades, and screen windows.

Wazirabad Bridge | Wikimedia Commons

Shahi Bridge, Uttar Pradesh

The Shahi Bridge, also known as Akbari Bridge, is over the Gomti River in Jaunpur. Commissioned by Emperor Akbar in 1568, it has 28 colourful "chattris" that serve as makeshift shops.

Shahi Bridge | Shutterstock

Athpula, Delhi

The Athpula Bridge was built by Nawab Bahadur, a noble Akbar's court. It has seven arches and eight piers. It is built in front of Sikander Lodi's tomb and is found when you enter the Lodhi Garden.

Athpula | Wikimedia Commons

Behta Bridge, Uttar Pradesh

The Behta Bridge was constructed in 1780 by Raja Tikait Rai, who served as a minister in the royal court of Nawab Asif-ud-Daula. The bridge is next to the Lord Shiv Temple and features tall pillars.

Behta Bridge | Wikimedia Commons

Howrah Bridge, West Bengal

Completed in 1943, Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge over the Hooghly River in Kolkata. Rivets, not nuts or bolts, hold it together. It's a vital transportation link and is one of the world's busiest bridges.

Howrah Bridge | Shutterstock

Pamban Bridge, Tamil Nadu

The Pamban Bridge connects Rameswaram Island to the mainland. Built in 1911, it is 2.2 km long and was India's longest bridge until the Bandra-Worli Sea Link was constructed.

Pamban Bridge | Shutterstock

Lakshman Jhula, Uttarakhand

Lakshman Jhula is a suspension bridge over the Ganges, named after Lord Rama's brother. Completed in 1929, it is a popular tourist attraction and pilgrimage site.

Lakshman Jhula | Shutterstock

Saraighat Bridge, Assam

Saraighat Bridge is a key bridge spanning the Brahmaputra River, connecting the north and south banks for transport. Opened in 1962, it played a strategic role in the 1962 Indo-China War.

Saraighat Bridge | Shutterstock

Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Bihar

Mahatma Gandhi Setu is a lengthy river bridge connecting Patna and Hajipur. It serves as a crucial transportation link in the region but has faced structural issues since its completion in 1982.

Mahatma Gandhi Setu | Shutterstock

Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge, Meghalaya

The Umshiang Root Bridge is believed to be over 500 years old constructed by the Khasi tribes. It is double-decker and is located in the tropical thick forest of Meghalaya.

Umshiang Root Bridge | Wikimedia Commons

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