Technically speaking, almost every single individual who has been in this city has either directly or indirectly visited gariahat. This is primarily because, this particular point is perhaps one of the most important and busiest intersections / junctions of Kolkata.
It’s kind of hard to find a household in the city of joy where there isn’t something or the other bought from the Gariahat Market!
Gariahat Road connects Ballygunge Phari with Prince Anwar Shah Road and Raja SC Mullick Road near Jadavpur Police station.
The entire stretch starts from Park Circus Crossing and heads south through Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue. With Birla Mandir, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum on its sides. Then it bears the name Gariahat Road from Ballygunge Phari and passes by Gol Park.
And moves on to Dhakuria Bridge after which Jodhpur Park falls on the right and Dhakuria/Selimpur to its left.
It is one of the main roads of South Kolkata that starts from Ballygunge Phari-Hazra Road crossing and from there travels southwards towards the Gariahat market.
The Ballygunge AC market and the Dakshinapan shopping center are two of the main attractions that one will find on the Gariahat Road. Many handicraft and textiles emporium of the government can also be seen here.
A huge number of jewellery shops are also located here. It connects to / intersects some of the most important roads of the city namely Ballygunge Circular Road,Gurusaday Road, Hazra and Rashbehari Avenue. Southern Avenue and Prince Anwar Shah Road are also connected through here.
Other points of attractions & places of importance around this place include – Mukti World Mall, Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan School, Pantaloons retail outlet, Ballygunge New Market, AMRI Hospital, Dakshinapan Shopping Centre and Carmel Convent School.
This entire stretch is also lined by numerous restaurants and eateries of which the best ones are – 6 Ballygunge Place, Tandoor Hut, Aqua Java, Barista, Mirch Masala.
Gariahat since time immemorial has been known to house some of the most brilliant, elegant and exquisite Bengali saree stores in the city. This along with other authentic ethnic wear for kids and men alike, all at reasonable rates makes visiting gariahat worthwhile.
The local makeshift shops over here is where you can get everything you need for your home – stuff like crockery, cutlery, decorative items and other utilities.
But, the only thing to keep in mind while shopping from such vendors is to bargain. People who are not so good at bargaining are usually taken for a ride by these guys! So beware.
There is a section in the gariahat market which is dedicated completely to selling flowers & plants, fruits and vegetables. Likewise, there’s another part which focuses on selling meat and fish. The fish market specifically is quite renowned here because of the wide variety of both rare and common kinds it sells.
OVERALL EXPERIENCE –
Even though it is jam-packed with people more times than not, this is one neat place to go shopping for all your daily needs and other miscellaneous stuff too!
The low price factor and easy accessibility just makes it even better.
An evening stroll through the marketplace, a little window shopping and munching or drinking something from either of the oh-so-many restaurants or cafes here could end up being a pretty nice evening for you!