Garden Reach: Where Calcutta’s original elite once built their homes

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Garden Reach served as the anchoring place for the Portuguese when they first “began to frequent Bengal about the year 1530”.

If the constant flow of goods trucks and large vehicles don’t obstruct one’s view, it might just be possible to see past the chaos of Garden Reach to identify this Kolkata neighbourhood’s original purpose. Large mansions in a state of partial disrepair, yet astonishing examples of colonial architecture now serving as government offices and residences provide hints of what the original purpose of these buildings may have been. But the most imposing identity of this neighbourhood is the Hooghly river that skirts its embankments and how the river developed and shaped its environs over the years.

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