|Another shot of the Mallick Ghat Flower Market in Kolkata under the Howrah bridge. It is also known as the Howrah Flower Market.|
As I mentioned yesterday, this is one of the most spectacular places to visit in the city. When I told some of my local friends that I wanted to go they thought I was crazy. "Why would a tourist want to go there?!" I was told it was dirty, muddy, run down, and that it really wasn't worth it unless you went super early in the morning. Since it is a wholesale market, shopkeepers, decorators, and individuals will come in very early in the morning to get what they need. I think during the wedding season and at festival times that is certainly true. I didn't get there until about 6:30am and I feared the worst.
But as luck would have it, it was not the busiest time of the year for the market and so there were sellers like this one, each with thousands of flowers. And beyond that, it really was not dirty or muddy like I expected. But it was also in January which is part of the dry season so that probably had something to do with it. But even if it had been muddy, this still would have been one of the most amazing sights of Kolkata, lying beneath the shadow of the massive Howrah Bridge and alongside the Hooghly River.
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