Ten Second Takeaway

Ghazipur Flower Mandi is a photographer’s {as well as a botanist’s} delight with stalls upon stalls of regular and exotic flowers being sold at wholesale rates.

‘Fool’s’ gold

A single glance at the flower mandi in Ghazipur is mesmerising enough to snatch away all sleep at 3am. We were too taken by the hustle bustle of the mandi and the pace at which the vendors and wholesalers sold flowers and struck deals, to feel sleep-deprived. Any seasoned flower buyer knows that the prices of cut flowers fall as the sun rises and, simultaneously, the piles of rose petals begin to swell up. So, go early for everything other than the open and blooming roses.

Flower power

Ever since the flower market made its shift from Mehrauli to Ghazipur, this has become the ultimate spot for wedding vendors, retailers, flower sellers and florists. The range, types and kinds of flowers are enough to convince you to buy some for your home. Coming in from Holland, China and other South East Asian countries, {and from all over India}, the lilies, roses, marigolds, orchids, gerberas, carnations, rajnigandhas and more are top-notch. During festivals {and we went during Diwali}, the bundles of flowers are piled up high, and the trick is to walk deeper and deeper into the market for better deals.

Price wise

The flowers sold here are at one-fourth of what you’ll find in regular stores and even cheaper when you buy in bulk. Winters are great for flowers and the varieties usually increase September onwards.

So put on some boots, set that alarm and make the trip.

Where: Ghazipur Flower Mandi, near Anand Vihar ISBT

Nearest Metro Station: Anand Vihar ISBT

Price: On request; open to bargains

Timings: 3am – 7pm

 Images courtesy: Radhika Agarwal