Traveling off the beaten path can bean eye-opening experience. Simple things, like staying with the locals, sampling the local food and visiting the local markets, can be great ways to soak in the culture and ethos of a place, enriching the experience of travel as a whole.
Exploring the local markets can be quite insightful, especially in a country like India, whose second name is diversity. These markets truly reflect the native culture and spirit of a place.
So, if you ever decide to travel to India, except from waterfalls, hill stations, heritage sites or taste delicious and spicy local cuisine, don’t forget to visit the famous Flower Markets. Whichever capital city you are in, just visit the Flower Market where the bounty of Nature is merchandise for sale.
So, here are some of the most famous Flower Markets in India:
Ghazipur Flower Market, Delhi
Visit the Ghazipur Flower Market in Delhi at 3am, to please your senses from the aroma and colors of the flowers. Watch the stalls beautifully decorated with regular and exotic flowers, being sold at wholesale rates. The varieties of the flowers range from lilies and roses to orchids, marigolds and much more.
Huvina Flower Market, Bangalore
The Flower Market or Huvina Mandi has more than a hundred stalls selling flowers. The majority of the flower sellers come from different parts of Karnataka and neighboring states. So, take a walk through the Huvina Flower Market in Bangalore to breathe in the fresh air and admire the piles of colorful flowers. The flowers here let their intoxicating aroma to take over the entire space. The market is a regular happening with a very short time that is from 4am to 7am.
Dadar Flower Market, Mumbai
Dadar Flower Market is one of the busiest and most colorful parts of Mumbai. It’s a labyrinth of 600 stalls selling multiple varieties of flowers in cane baskets. The beauty of roses and the fragrance of jasmine are what is the most fascinating about Dadar Flower Market. The hours from 4am to 9am is the prime time to see heaps of flowers and catch the fast tempo of life here.
Mullik Ghat Flower Market, Kolkata
Mullik Ghat Flower Market takes place just below the magnificent Howrah Bridge and is located adjacent to the Hooghly River. While there are roses and other flowers, nothing dominates the market like orange and yellow marigolds, which are widely used for religious rituals. The marigold trade is huge and they are often sold in long strands. One of the best things to watch when you’re at the Flower Market is transporters getting buried in countless strings of marigold flowers to deliver somewhere.
Floating Flower Market on Dal Lake, Kashmir
Around sunrise, villagers gather in their shikaras to sell fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers in various corners of Dal Lake. It’s quite a visual delight for tourists. The spectacular floating Flower Market offers an eye-catching picture of beauty in bloom. The morning silence of the Dal Lake is broken by the movement of the boats. A shikara ride, around sunrise or sunset, is a great way to marvel vistas of the snow peaks’ illuminating golden glow. Do not get intimidated by the fruit sellers, flower sellers, spice sellers or even paper-mâché sellers! If you do not show any interest, they will eventually glide away.
This article is dedicated to Lia Stoubou. Thanks for your interest and for the inspiration! ♥