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Flower Markets of India

Mallick Ghat- Asia’s Largest Flower Market

October 15, 2016

Series: Flower Markets of India

Waking up at 4 in the morning on a holiday could be considered sadistic, but my reward was a photowalk in a bustling flower market, trampling over mud and mulch to watch the sun rise on heaps of colourful flowers & the workers who gathered.

Mallick Ghat is considered as Asia’s biggest flower mandi (market) & was built by Ram Mohun Mallick in 1855, making it 161 years old today! It is situated under the south-east end of the Howrah bridge (renamed Rabindra Setu in 1965 after the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore so do not be alarmed if this name pops up in the navigation instead) & has the Ganga river’s ghat at the back.

Workers gather as early at 4 am & sit against blue ram shackled shacks (that make the flowers’s colour pop) & sell their wares. Perhaps because we went to Kolkata during Durga Pujo time, where flowers are needed for the gods and goddesses for the pandals in each community, the market was very crowded. I’ve also read that in festive seasons like this the market runs for 24 hours.

Despite the chaos, it was incredible. I love flowers- they make me happy. The pictures in this post are a mix of ones taken by my phone & my Canon 60 D camera. Enjoy scrolling down & don’t forget to comment with your favourite shot!

How to get there: Take a cab to the Market which is right next to the Howrah Bridge.
Best Timings: 5:00 am- 8:00 am
What to Wear: Sport shoes/sneakers or your feet will be covered in wet mud. Breathable clothes as it is terribly humid.

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Since it had rained the evening before, the early morning sky was  cloudy. And I’m practicing using my 50 mm camera so some pictures have come out blurred. Ah well!

If you notice below, the buyers would hang the garlands across their shoulders & walk, haggle & buy more flowers.

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There were scores and scores of sellers sitting on either side(dry) of the path.

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I spotted marigold, tuberose, lotus, hibiscus, mogra, shankhpushpi, paan leaf, bougainvillea, blue pea, milkweed & more!

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I don’t think I will forget this morning spent at the Mullick Flower Ghat. It was the perfect place to visit before we left the city. This has also inspired me to continue the series on all the flower markets in India so stay tuned. 🙂

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