Watching the colorful flower market in Dadar East (previously known as phool gully) unfold at 6 AM every morning is a sight. Its chaotically beautiful, and the colors can soothe your senses. If you want to know where all your tiny local flower markets get their bulk supply from, read on.
A Flowery Affair: Lilies And Roses Under INR 50? Only At The Dadar Flower Market
What Makes It Awesome
If you’ve been in Mumbai long enough, you know the golden rule: avoid Dadar station as much as you can. The chaos, the people and the never ending trains, it all makes for a rather intimidating and often chaotic experience. To save us from the ordeal, we reached Dadar station at 6.30 AM, the sky still dark and eyes drooping from sleep. To our surprise, we found the station and subsequently the market to be bustling with vendors, hawkers and people.
Right outside the station, under the Dadar flyover flourishes the wholesale flower market, possibly the only one in Mumbai. The tiny, narrow lane is lined with kiosks, stalls and even wooden planks with one thing in common, flowers and the sweet fragrance that awaits us. We found roses, lotuses, gerberas, crimsons, lilies, marigolds, chrysanthemums, to only name a few. There are vendors walking with heavy baskets on their heads and shoulders to catch the local train and supply the flowers all over the city. You will get a basket full of marigolds (a kilogram) for INR 80. A bunch of 20 white roses will cost INR 50 (say whaaaat?)
However, Phool Gully is a really tough lane to crack if you aren't used to the daily grind of the city and all the hustle and bustle. But go there for the blast of colors, the mesmerizing fragrance of flowers, and just because how inexpensive they are.
P.S- While you're on a flower-shopping spree, visit the flower market in Matunga too. The whole lane outside the Matunga East station (Telang Road) smells of filter coffee and freshly plucked flowers. The south-Indian garlands are on high demand always, and there is an old south-Indian style temple called the Bhajana Samaj Mandir which is gorgeous and deserves some space on your Instagram feed. Add this to your list as well!