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Gudi­malka­pur Flower Mar­ket

India Today - - COVER STORY -

The whole­sale flower mar­ket at Gudi­malka­pur is treat for the senses with more than a hun­dred va­ri­eties of flow­ers set beau­ti­fully in the open. It opens as early as four in the morn­ing and is on till about seven in the evening. But the best time to visit is early morn­ing since the choic­est of flow­ers are picked out by re­tail­ers and florists first thing in the morn­ing. A kilo of asters is avail­able for as cheap as Rs 10 here, while roses could be priced lesser. They have in­ter­est­ing names for roses like five- star for a pre­mium va­ri­ety or ruby for deep red coloured ones. There is a range of flow­ers with stalks that are used for dec­o­ra­tion and flower ar­rang­ing. In­dulge in car­na­tions of thirty dif­fer­ent shades, glad­i­oli and Dutch roses, be­sides orchids and lilies.

Pho­to­graph by HAR­SHA VAD­LA­MANI

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