Flower Markets of India

Dadar Phool Galli, Mumbai’s Oldest Flower Market

October 27, 2016

Series: Flower Markets of India

I was lucky that I was able to travel to another city in the same month as my Kolkata trip. With only 3 days & 2 nights at hand, mostly dedicated to work, I managed to slip out early morning with my best friend who stays in Mumbai & have a photowalk at Dadar’s Phool Galli.


When we reached the sellers were just starting to set up their wares- perfect time to watch how the market organises itself with such speed. It’s not an easy location to photograph- there’s just too many people. The trick is to take multiple shots, quickly, in order to not miss what you were looking for. Another thing I do is to switch between my phone & camera. This way I don’t miss anything. Mostly. :p


How to get there: Take the local (Mumbai’s famous local train) to Dadar station or a cab/bus/auto. The market runs alongside the walls of the railway station.
Best Timings: 5:00 am- 9:00 am
What to Wear: Sport shoes/sneakers, comfortable clothing keeping in mind Mumbai’s incredible humidity.


Unlike the Kolkata Mallick Ghat flower market, where everything felt a little more earthy, flowers here were packaged & kept. They were too ‘ready’ if you know what I mean. I liked the freshness of the market in Kolkata more.


The variety of flowers in this market though! Baskets & baskets of marigold, rose, orchids, lotus, chrysanthemum, hydrangeas, rajnigandha, daisies, etc lined the lane. If I have missed any name of the flowers whose pictures are below, please comment & tell me. 🙂



I LOVED how the gajra is made here- mogra flowers intertwined with pink bougainvillea flowers made it look absolutely gorgeous.




The sellers were more welcoming when I tried to take their picture as compared to the Kolkata flower market, some even requesting I take a picture of them against their stall. Heh.




See how even her sari also has a floral print?



If you’ve made it till here- thank you! :p Look out for a post about the next city’s flower market next month. Signing off with a picture of a sack of pomegranates that reminded me of rubies.


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  • Reply
    July 17, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Beautifully penned article. I have a question though. Since you have visited the Mallickghat market too I wanted to know which one did you find has more variety?

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      July 18, 2019 at 10:12 am

      The Mallick Ghat one! Plus the flowers felt more organic – in Dadar, most were pre packaged in plastic! And thank you! 🙂

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