Want to gift flowers to your loved ones but finding them too expensive? Then get up early one morning and go to the Rajiv Gandhi Handicraft Bhavan in Connaught place, Delhi, to see one of the largest flower markets of Asia, popularly called as the ‘phool mandi’. The Delhi wholesale flower market starts at dawn at about 4 AM and winds up early by 9 AM, depending upon sale of flowers. It is a temporary and unauthorized market which may soon shift to Noida.
As soon as you enter the Baba Kharak Singh Marg, you would see lines of autorickshaws and other vehicles parked on both sides of the road. Finding a nice parking space can be very difficult here. There is no paid parking in the morning so beware of people who may try to fool you into paying parking fees.
About the Market
It is believed that the market was founded in 1995 by Shri Brij Mohan Khanagwal. There are hundreds of flower traders at this market who come from far off places every day and make their living by selling the decorative cut flowers. Most of the florists all around Delhi also come here to buy the flowers they sell during the day, but at a much higher price.
Once you enter the market you would see lines of vendors or florists selling different types of cut flowers that are imported from other cities and countries. The fragrances from the flowers like roses, chrysanthemums, rajnigandha would greet you here. This is a wholesale market so you can get your favorite flowers at very low prices here.
You would get an elaborate variety of almost all types of flowers and other related products here. The popular flowers like Roses, Bird of Paradise and Carnations that are available here are imported from Pune and Bangalore. The Gladiolus or the pink trumpet flowers here come from different parts of the country.
The market has its share of marigold or ‘genda’ flowers also that are imported from Kolkata. You also get beautiful orange and peach colored Asiatic Lilies and other types of beautiful lily flowers which are also imported from Bangalore. Kulu and Shimla are known to export the Tulips to this Market.
Rajnigandha, which is very popular because of its fragrance, is imported from Muzaffarnagar while the blue, purple, pink, white and other colorful orchids come from Bangkok. Then the market offers a variety of Gerbera flowers which are available in red, yellow, orange and pink color. You can also get a variety of other flowers that include anthorium, Jaffri, Margaret, patti Calcutta, lotus and more. The rose lovers also have a variety of colorful roses to choose from. Apart from the popualr red rose, the vendors also sell peach roses, yellow roses, white roses, pink roses and other shaded roses.
Different types of leaves and branches are also sold here which are used for decorating the flowers. These are especially popular with the florists who use them in the bouquets.
Bamboo and plants
The flower traders also sell bamboos and other plants that can be used in your home. The prices for these keep fluctuating depending upon the season. The prices are comparatively low in the month of March as the production is high and the market receives a good merchandise.
The market also has its share of dry flower vendors who sell a large variety dry flowers, dry flower baskets and pot-pourri that could be a part of your home decor or used as gift items.
The flower market sells various other products and accessories that may be required by the florists. For instance you can buy different color nets, cellophane sheets with different designs, branch wires and sponges used for the bouquets, sparkle, cello tape, scissors, and ribbons in different colors and so on. Cane baskets, glass jars and other accessories can also be found here and are sold at very low prices.
There are chaiwallas and kachoriwallas selling snacks and beverages to these flower vendors. If you are hungry then there is a small shop towards the Shivaji Stadium road near the Rajdhani restaurant, that serves chole bhature and lassi early in the morning .
• If you are planning to buy a large number of flowers then make sure that your car is parked near the market.
• It is advisable for women to not visit the market alone.
• For the lowest price, it is best to visit the market around 8.30 AM when the flower sellers start winding up and are ready to sell their flowers at low prices.
• Different vendors ask for different prices for the same flowers. Therefore it is better to explore the market a little before you start buying
• If you are buying roses, then check them before you buy or else you may be handed wilted or old flowers.