Garia – the Heart of South Kolkata
One of the oldest settlements in South Kolkata, Garia boasts of an exciting amalgamation of history and modern developments. The partition of India in 1947 made the Garia region one of the most demanded localities, with people flooding in around rich farm lands along the Adi Ganga canal (Tolly’s Nulla) that connected Kolkata (Calcutta) to Vidyadhari River in the east. Today, as Kolkata expands, there has been an upheaval in infrastructural developments, but the region, thanks to its history and people, still upholds the very cultural values that define ‘Bangla’.
Garia is a neighborhood that has seen the growing up of legends like Asapurna Devi, Kabir Suman, Kaushik Ganguly, Anurag Basu, Rashid Khan and many more. It is the same place that is depicted in Bengali works of art including Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. Living in Garia, you share the same nostalgia that makes us proud Bongs! It’s not surprising to hear when young families, deeply rooted in their culture, search for homes in Garia. It’s a neighborhood that allows you freedom of expression, safety and a society that instills creativity.
Garia is well connected to all places in Kolkata through a wide network of roads and means of public transport. It is just 27 kilometers away from the Netaji Subhash International Airport and 22 kilometers from Howrah Railway Station. Local connectivity has been heightened with the recent construction of Kavi Nazrul Metro station. Two more metro stations, Kabi Subhash and Shahid Khudiram ease you journey, regardless of where you stay in Garia. Further, with four major bus terminals, getting around the city gets easier. The rest of your transportation need would be taken care of by yellow taxis, auto rickshaws and hand drawn rickshaws.
There have been continual improvements and additions to the public infrastructure in Garia. So, if you have been looking for a hospital, a good school, a shopping mall or a restaurant, you aren’t very far off.
Education: Garia hosts a range of academic institutions, ranging from space research to engineering colleges, film and television institutes, marine college or convent educational institutions. Notable establishments include Indian Center for Space Physics, National Institute of Hotel Management, Netaji Subhash Engineering College, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Neotia Academy of Nursing, Indus Valley World School, Techno India Group Public School, Miranda high School and K.K. Das College among others.
Medical: When you stay in Garia, you are never far off from world class healthcare services either. Some of the most notable hospitals, clinics and medical institutions include The Apollo Clinic, Peerless Hospital, Lifeline Hospital, Namita Biswas Memorial Eye Hospital, Smitz Dental Treatment Facility, Neotia Mediplus Super Speciality Clinic and Mother Teresa Memorial TB Hospital and Research Center.
Shopping and Entertainment: A major shopping center for Kolkata, Garia hosts the Metropolis Mall, Orbit Mall, Spencer’s, Sonar Bangla Shopping Center and Proyozonio among others. When it comes to food and drinks, you can easily be spoiled by the choices!
Garia boasts of temples that go back to the era of Sen Rulers of Bengal, has one of the biggest vegetable markets in Kolkata and even a Wildlife Sanctuary of its own! All of this and more makes Garia a perfect locality to come down and settle in.