Friday, 31 August 2012

Kolkata Pet Market

            If you are a pet lover and it is Sunday morning, just go to Shyambazar area in north Kolkata through the BT Road at Galiff Street.  Here a unique pet market is held every Sunday morning. Initially this market was developed near the Hatibagan, a well known place in North Kolkata. Due to the huge popularity, and space constraint this market was shifted to Galiff Street. The market start very early in the morning at about 4:30 AM! The pet business owners from whole West Bengal and surrounding states reach early to collect their stocks at about 8 am, huge rush of hobbyists can be seen. Even hobbyists sell their stocks directly. You can find different rare species of bird, rabbit, guinea pig, dog, pigeon, different kind of colorful fishes for aquarium, plants and flowers. 


          But everything is not good about this market. Under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, indigenous birds like parrots are banned from sale, including few other species of bird. But here they can sell these kinds of illegal species without any problem. Even few years back some animal rights activists protested against this market.


             
              

Two pet lovers examining colorful fish at kolkata pet market

A man selling rare birds at kolkata pet market

             This is the oldest pet market of west bengal and one of the oldest in India. You will find different pet shops in different parts of the city scattered around, but as a collection of everything it is really a unique one for all the pet and plant lovers.

A man selling fish at kolkata pet market

Cages are being made to keep the birds

A boy helping his mother at kolkata pet market



A little boy selling domestic birds at kolkata pet market

  
In spite of lot of limitations the Galiff Street pet market is continuing a history. This market used to happen in Hatibagan area in British era. So you can easily imagine the historical status of this old market. I talked with few buyers and most of them are not aware the history behind the market except few sellers, but they are very happy that at least they have something as one stop destination in this city where they can get everything to provide their "Pet-o-Mind".


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54 comments:

  1. Can i get squirrels here??

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    1. yes...but very rare...you have to be fortunate enough :)

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    1. u wont find them here contact breeders

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    2. u wont find them here contact breeders

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  3. thanks for this beautiful information regarding pets...wat is the price range of fishes ... is it very chepe from the regular shop price?....i will surely visit this market when i am in kolkata....thanks buddy

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    1. I do not know the exact price range, but you will get in wholesale rates which certainly cheaper than normal shops and moreover you will get rare to rarest species here.

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    2. hi, i am a pet lover. can u tell me the exact mirja galiff street located? what about the timing starts from?
      what kind of pets i can found over there? pls guide me... 9748138193. moumita.

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    3. galiff street is very near from shyambazar five point crossing...from shyambazar five point crossing go towards BT road. You will get galiff street crossing after walking 3-4 minutes on the same road on the left side.

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  4. Very informative and interesting post.It is really a big help. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    The Pet Market
    Pet Marketing

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  5. can i get rottweiler puppies here...and what will be the price plzz notify me !!

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  6. where is this market, route from howrah

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    1. it is located at galiff street in north kolkata, near shyambazar. get a bus from howrah to shymbazar crossing and it is a walkable distance fro there. Alternatively you can take any bus which passes through BT road and get off at galiff street crossing.

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  7. hei.. just wanted to enquire if it would be possible to get a pair of turtle or tortoise here...if not, then where would i get?
    Thanks in advance :)

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    1. do not know friend. I guess you will not get turtle here. I have not seen such things here and I do not have any idea where you would get it. very sorry.

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    2. can i get different kind racing pigeon from there....?

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  8. can i get different kind of pigeon from ?

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  9. What is the price range of lovebirds like lutino, lutino fisher, cobbalt blue love birds

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    1. I do not have idea about pricing of anything.Sorry.

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  10. Upto what time the market is open on sunday? And any other day when it is open??

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    1. market remains open whole day, but most of the sellers pack up by noon. It only opens on sunday.

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  11. Can I get a squirrel in this market??

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  12. Plz help me with different breeds of dog for buisness

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    1. can u please guide me at the dog breeds(Begale,Labrador,Husky) ..available in the market & their prices (partha144 at the rate gmail)

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    2. yes, sometime these are available. But I do not have any idea about the price. very sorry

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    3. Husky ...huh.... i would love to c some of them tho'.... i dnt think they sell husky puppies there...

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  13. brilliant work

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  14. Can i get guinea pigs here? Not the rat faced ones. But the squirmy ones with a flatter face?

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    1. Yes may be...I have seen it 2-3 times in the market

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  16. sir what will be the price of a squirrel?

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  17. Hi preetam...you won't be able to get squirrel here for sure...as squirrel are very very rare to be found in the pet market
    Regards
    Vivesh

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  18. Please dont buy animals here. The breeders are unethical and cruel. This natket needs to be shut down. Immediately.

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  19. i want to sell fancy pigeon from Bangladesh. e-mail id md.golammostafa77@gmail.com

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  20. Can I get a rabbit there-brown in colour with black eyes ???

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  21. Can I get fancy guppy fishes at wholesale price

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  22. can we get a baby alexandrine green parrot at low cost?

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  23. IS new zealand rabbit or new zealand dwarf rabbit available?

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  24. 1. May i know what is the best breed to buy in galiff street.
    2. Cost of French Mastiff bulldog
    3. best fishes to buy for fish tank

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  28. Can i buy tortoise from this market?

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  29. I want to buy a baby squirrel.

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