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All power to the flower at Mumbai’s Dadar Flower Market.
May 04, 2018
Over 70% of you voted on Instagram Stories for me to visit the flower market at Dadar or Dadar Phool Galli to be correct. This market runs alongside the overcrowded station of Dadar in Mumbai and is the oldest flower market in the city. A 5.30am wake up call got me up and out the door by 6am (thanks guys). But, wow what a sight. A total colour assault on the eyes, the most amazing floral aroma and a riot of colour fills this little pocket of Mumbai. The market sets up at 4am and sells thousands of flowers every day, mainly wholesale but when the festivals are on this place is literally heaving. The best times to visit are from 5.30am, it finishes at 9am so I would say if you snooze you lose. Many people come from the outskirts of Mumbai to sell their wares whether it’s apta leaves (which are supposed to signify prosperity), different types of grass, mango leaves, marigolds, jasmine, rice heads and roses, orchids and lotus flowers and leaves overspill in every single corner. Time is money here and bartering is fierce, once they have sold up, they leave and come back the following day to do it all again. As well as the fixed vendors there are also people on the road just outside the station selling smaller quantities. This market rolls into the fruit and vegetable market which I went past and managed to capture some of the trading there too. This market is responsible for distributing all the vegetables across Mumbai every single day. Little fact: Dadar means ladder, perhaps indicative of its importance as an important connection between main Mumbai island and surrounding islands in the past. I'd love to know how old this market is, I couldn't find out anywhere so if anyone knows I'd love you to comment below. For one week as a thank you for reading this post we will be giving 10% off all SVP adjustable rings so you can create your own floral arrangement on your hands. Which ones will you choose? Find your favourites here The code is dadar10 Want to know how to get to Mumbai? Scroll down....