Mullick Ghat Flower Market (Kolkata)
One year before in the morning, we were traveling to Howrah station by cab to catch the train. When our cab was crossing the strand road, suddenly we got a mixed floral aroma. Immediately we peeped out of our cab and became so amazed to see the huge collection of the flowers. That day we decided to explore this market whenever we get the chance. So a few days back we finally explored. Let’s give an image of the scenario of Mullick Ghat Flower Market (Kolkata).
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.” The famous quote was written by Luther Burbank
When we visited the market, we still remembered the 1st thing that took our view was the huge roll bundle of Tuberose, fit white in color and we really love the white flower as it signifies peace.
The 2nd thing which we noticed, another huge bundle of Marigold (locally known as genda flower), kept side by side. The flower marketplace was very crowded and you can see the people of different culture coming here to purchase the flower from the flower vendors.
One of the places in Kolkata where different people get mixed up irrespective of their culture, society, old-young which really brings a big smile on your face.
You can also encounter fresh beautiful sunflowers, sweet red yellow roses, pink lotus, bundles of big Dahlia which is available in a variety of color and lots of other colorful flowers like Zinnia, Poppy, Daisy, and Hibiscus. Different variety of cactus also makes you feel to buy and increase the beauty of your own garden.
Mullik bazaar flower market is probably the biggest wholesale flower market in India as well as Asia. And also holds a history of 125years.
Within no time of your entrance, the pandemonium of the market makes you feel that now you also become a part of the market. All the sellers will ask you what you need and how much. If you go to purchase a huge quantity of flowers for the first time then it will become a quite tough situation from where to buy flowers and where you will get the cheapest price. The carriers are also roaming around who will help to carry the flowers up to your vehicle. In the meantime, you can have your morning tea with biscuits and cakes.
And if you are a photographer you can couple with so many other photographers. You can capture different images of beautiful flowers, the story of bargaining between sellers and buyers. And also the person in the corner of the shop who is busy to arrange the flowers in a splendid way to make flower bouquets and the carriers who are always busy in carrying the flowers. Moreover one can also take the photographs of the busy hands of the tea sellers along with the busy yet cheerful faces of the buyers.
After the completion of your market tour, what you gain is not only the photographs but also experience the life story of many people.
A Visual Retreat of Mullick Ghat Flower Market (Kolkata)
· The market starts from 4 am in the morning.
· The ideal time to shoot is within 9 am and the light should not be an issue.
· Always use covered and easily washable shoes for the tour of the market.
· Always carry a bottle of water during the photo walk.
· Don’t forget to take a tour of the market adjoining Armenian Ghat, from where you can have a clear view of Howrah Bridge.
· You can also take a small ferry tour after your photo walk.
· If you want to purchase flowers, then always bargain.
How to reach:
P222/1 strand bank road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001
You can get buses from any part of Kolkata which is going to the Howrah station.
Thanks, Meghdeep Gupta for accompanying us.