Kolkata is esteemed for its rich cultural heritage and erudition.
From typical bengali outfits to contemporary outfits, there is art and celebration of colors in every nook and corner of Kolkata. Besides, fondness for literature and decorative items among the Bengali Culture can’t be brush aside. There is a real buzz about this place.
And it outspread through numerous markets. Among all, few are extensively popular and preferred worldwide. Like Mallick Ghat Flower Market, New Market, and College Street.
Mallick Bazar Flower Market
The Mallick Ghat Flower Market is a sight to behold and cherish the essence of fresh flowers. And what makes this market more magnificent is the Howrah Bridge towering above. It stretches to Mallick Ghat flanked with flower shops on either side. Back then it was built by Ram Mohun Mallick in the year 1855. To date, it’s been 166 years and it’s still counting. Its the largest wholesale flower market in Kolkata, one of the largest in Asia.
The Market starts around 4 am in the dawn, yet chaotic, filthy and bustling with activities. The flower sellers from adjacent areas come with different types of flowers and set up their business in three shifts by their compatibility. It is also a popular place for photographers who want to snap some of the spectacular shots.
The spot where your necessities and extravagant means come under the same roof or nearby. From groceries to accessories, everything is available at New Market. Located at Lindsay Street, Shakespeare Sarani.
This age-old market created during the colonial rule enjoys widespread patronage even today. And its delights to more than 2,000 stalls selling from clothing to cheese and fruit, feathers and flesh. Amidst this chaos of vendors and shoppers, you can find any item at a reasonable rate. Besides, it’s also a food paradise location.
College Street (Boipara)
Besides fondness for flowers and other accessories, Kolkata is esteemed for its knowledge and literature. And in the narrow lanes of Ganesh Chandra Avenue Crossing in Bowbazar Avenue and Mahatma Gandhi Road comes the spot of books lovers and learned people where they stroll over numerous book shops with their old friends, learning its endearing name Boi Para.
College Street is the largest book market and preferable place for kids to aged people. All kinds of books are available here. Besides Coffee House, Kolkata is making it more nostalgic.
With this, coming to an end of the few renowned markets of Kolkata and their bustling activity. Each one of them has their own history and to date making it nostalgic and magnificent.