(The disappeared) Flower Markets of Delhi

Where have all the flowers gone?


Sunday 9 February 2014
7 am to 11 am

Meet @: Qutab Minar ticket window, 7 am, ends here at 11 am

Mode of Commuting: Wheels / Walk

Registration Details: Rs. 1700/- per person (includes refreshments, transport)

Please pre-register.Contact Himanshu Verma / 41671100 / himanshu@redearthindia.com

Pay online here: https://getfbpay.in/event/view/2716/


Posthumously yours, the flower markets of Delhi: The 3 main flower markets at Fatehpuri, Connaught Place and Mehrauli, an integral part of the city’s heritage and culture, and temples of beauty amidst the concrete jungle; are now history, thanks to the Delhi government’s myopia.

Come witness a disaster of urban planning and the lack of common sense in this city, as we visit the sites of the markets and experience the sad and eerie silence where once a million flowers bloomed. We will trace how the flower trade has reconfigured itself around these sites, and also visit Ghazipur, a landfill outside the city where part of the flower trade has been officially relocated.


Itinerary & Places Visited

7 am: Homage to Mehrauli market, walking through the site

7.30 am – 8.30 am: Exploring new informal markets around Mehrauli and Chattarpur

9.15am-10.00 am: A visit to Ghazipur, the official new flower market

11 am: Walks ends at Mehrauli

(Click on images to view enlarge)
Mehrauli Mandi / Photo: Saurabh Mehta
Mehrauli Flower Market / Photo: Monica Kapur
Genda Gathri / Photo: Meher & Karan
Flower Seller / Photo: Saptorishi Majumndar
Notice at Mehrauli Flower Market / Photo: Shilpa Sharma
Destruction of Mehrauli Market / Photo: Harshvardhana Durugadda
Destruction of Mehrauli Market / Photo: Harshvardhana Durugadda