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Friday, 4 June 2010

Jaipur's 'Flower Market'

Impressions of India: 24

I was told about Jaipur's Flower Market by an Indian friend and it's not in my guidebook - which explains why I was the single Westerner there. I'd started out early, trying to beat the worst of the ferocious heat, but what should have been a 15-minute tuk tuk ride to it turned into an hour-long one. First the driver didn't seem to know where the Flower Market was, then made a diversion and unscheduled stop for chai and 'just looking - no buying' at an antique emporium (an opportunity I declined with some vehemence), and then another in a back street while he disappeared, without explanation, for 20 minutes only to bring  back his 'English-speaking' son (who did no such thing) to replace him in the driving seat. While I was waiting though, I was able to get a few lovely shots of nearby locals. 
Finally I arrived at the elusive Flower Market, which turned out to be a sacks-of-garland-flowers and fruit and veg market rather than any cornucopia of blooms, but it was lively and colourful and well worth the visit anyway. 
This motorbike was so fully-loaded with garland-sacks and these 2 lads that they needed a friend's help to heave it off its stand.
I accepted an offered chai from this sweet tea-stall operator who had signs of horrible burns on his chest and neck and upper forehead. I can only imagine there was some sort of chai-cooking explosion, but he also looked expertly-treated and healed.
4 men to load, 1 woman to carry on her head. Impressive. 

Posts still to come: 

Jaipur's stunning forts
A privileged glimpse of Brigitte Singh's handblocking workshop
Jodhpur's fort and palace
The fabulous Jain temples en route to Udaipur
Udaipur's lake, bats and palace


  1. This has to be one of my favourite posts: really lovely portraits of people and market life capturing the colour and vivacity that is India

  2. nice writing n photograph... it makes me smile anyway...

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Monika & thanks for letting me know!