Monday, 10 November 2008

From the spice market






We took the long walk up Chandi Chowk to find the Spice Market.   I had envisaged a huge wholesale area full of spices, tea and flowers.   What we did find was many small shops full to bursting with spice, dried fruit, tea and the unknown.

After investigating a couple of alleys we did find a distribution centre.  The air was thick with spices - it was like breathing in cough mixture.    Porters carrying sacks on their head or pulling handcarts with impossible loads.

We were directed to a building where chillies were being processed.  Decided to give this one a miss.  Breathing in assorted spice dust was challenging -  powdered chillies really didn't bear thinking about.  We heard later the workers have to cover themselves as best they can to cope with the hard working conditions.



2 comments:

jude said...

all your pictures are glorious!

Lorie M. said...

I can only imagine what it must smell like! And the colors..oo boy. I've enjoyed looking through your India photos, a small vicarious vacation for me..!