Howrah Bridge spans the Hooghly River between the Kolkattan suburb of Howrah and the city centre. The cantilever design bridge was constructed by British engineers between 1937 and 1943 and is 705m long and 30m in width. A tram service formerly operated but now it only carries 4,000,000 people, 150,000 vehicles and 4,000 cattle every day. This makes it the world’s busiest bridge. The Hooghly River is a distributary of the Ganga (Ganges) River and spills into the Bay of Bengal in the east of India. Like all waterways in the Ganga river system, the Hooghly is considered holy by Hindus. The East India Company, which pursued trade within the subcontinent for the British Crown, decided to establish Calcutta on these banks because of the trade opportunities.
This image was shot at the Armenian Ghats where steps descend to the water and allow people to wash and practise their religion. In the foreground is a crow perched on stacked bicycle rickshaws.