Apr 20, 2015

Pontoon bridge from Varanasi to Ramanagar


Pontoon Bridge connecting Varanasi and Ramnagar
Pontoon Bridge Varanasi end

During my trip to Varanasi few months ago I visited Ramnagar for its popular fort museum. More than the fort and the interesting collection of weapons in the museum I was thrilled at the pontoon bridge across River Ganga. This pontoon bridge is available only during winters when the river recedes. When the river is swollen during summers the only mode of travel is by boat. The new bridge stands high but, is too very far from being completed. From Bharat Hindu University I took a shared autorikshaw to the fort and I went on this bridge! Though everyday thousands of people travel to-and-fro this bridge I was taken aback to see an autorikshaw front wheel stuck in the broken wooden plank of the bridge! I am sharing few pictures as only pictorial narration of my experiences and not being judgemental about anything. I sometimes get amazed by how makeshift arrangements effectively work though with some degree of danger involved!

Pontoon Bridge connecting Varanasi and Ramnagar
Pontoon Bridge- starting point

Pontoon Bridge connecting Varanasi and Ramnagar
Metal planks are spread to support breaking wooden planks

Pontoon Bridge connecting Varanasi and Ramnagar
Light traffic on the bridge

I have seen similar or more dangerous makeshift bridges in lower Himalayan regions of Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh. And every time it feels fresh and new! Well, Road is Life and the voyage never ends!
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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo... Last photos is terrific

    Thanks kusum for sharing these photos

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  2. The bridge is the product of ingenuity for sure.

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  3. Love the last shots with the bicycles

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  4. Wow, great shots of the pontoon! It does look kind of scary looking.. But, a lot of people do not seem to mind.. Thanks for sharing your world, have a happy day!

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  5. That is so unique! Never seen something like this before.

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  6. Quite a help to commute across the river.

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  7. Das ist eine außergewöhnliche Brücke - schöne Bilder.
    Gute Zeit,
    Luis

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  8. nice shots! what a lovely place :-)

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  9. That's a long bridge - I think it would be fun to cross!

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  10. Hi! nice captures. The bridge photos are very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Great shots!
    Thanks for sharing here and I hope you'll come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/04/at-keyboard.html

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  12. Quite dangerous I would say. We used to have a pontoon boat ... I had not heard of such a bridge.

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  13. What an amazing structure, it really does look flimsy but seems to be working perfectly well. Amazing

    Mollyxxx

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