Sweet comments can spark ideas. A blogger from  USA asked me yesterday if I knew that there are shades of vibrant Pink called Indian Pink.

I confirmed yes and promised a blog to honour this flamboyant colour. ( do read my blog PINK ALL THE WAY as well)

In Hindi the colour is  called  “Gulabi”.

In honour of my friend the first Gulabi ( Indian Pink)  flower is native to North America and called Verbena (English) Verbena hybrida ( Scientific name) They belong to the family Verbenaceae and grow in clusters.

The small Verbena plant is described as a Herb  and the picture below was taken in Sunder Nursery, New Delhi.


This dashing assembly of Gulabi  Dahlias ( do read my blog SAY IT WITH FLOWERS)  hosts both Honeybees and Ladybirds ( see the bud near the flower hosting the Honeybee) .

The lovely Dahlia of the Sunflower family  is native to Mexico in Central America and the National flower of the country as well.

ladybird and bee

If you wish to see a riot of bright colours visit Rajasthan. These Ladies in Pushkar, Rajasthan in a Shocking Pink traditional attire challenge the bursts of colour exhibited by flowers.

women in pink
Ladies in Pink

The featured image showcases the glorious  Wisdom flower of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree ( English), Bauhinia blakeana ( Scientific Name) .

The hoof like, twin lobed  leaves are kept by students in their books to bring them luck in their academic pursuits.

The flag and coins  of Hong Kong feature the Orchid like flower.

For those in New Delhi the tree is in bloom in January and can be seen at the Sunder Nursery ( opposite the Humayun’s Tomb) in New Delhi.

cascade of Pink
Cascade of Flowers

The deep Indian Pink markings in the central petal of the flower ( see the featured image) distinguish it from one of its parents the Kachnar ( Bauhinia variegata) tree.

All the flowers selected have Indian Pink blooms but are not native to the Indian Subcontinent.






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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

35 thoughts on “INDIAN PINK”

  1. what a beautiful post, there are so many thing I learn. I love this colour, actually I love all Indian colours… so beautiful. We can see them also on the textiles too. I love indian dress, skirts… I wear them. Thank you, have a nice day dear Mukul, love, nia

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      1. Mukul, I have not found an easy way to comment on your blog and so I am commenting here. Thank you for ‘liking’ various blog entries on my blogs (Glimmer Glass was the latest).

        Thank you for your Posts of Happiness. Thank you for views of India. Today happens to be Christmas Day in the land of my birth and so I send you here good wishes.

        And the flowers of a New York summer, also.

        Best…………… Sarah

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  2. Mukul you honor me too much! What a wonderful and informative post full of gorgeously vibrant flowers!

    The verbena is darling and I love the way the rich Indian pink contrasts with the clean white. There is something very tidy and cute about it… such sweet little flowers.

    Naturally I love the dahlia pic . The busy bee working away in the golden center of the flower is so adorable. I wish I was as productive as a bee! Also the composition of the pic is marvelous. The way you got a background of leaves and buds, and then put a full bloom flower in the foreground is great. It really emphasizes the dramatic color of the dahlia.

    The ladies of Rajasthan sure know how to dress! Love their happy, exuberant saris.

    Finally, you have outdone yourself with the wisdom flower. The close of up shot of the flower is so beautifully exotic… the white vaining on the petals, the splash of red in the center petal, the long stamens tipped in white… WOW! And to have them in such abundance on the tree! India is a land of treasures– even if some of those treasures are non-native 😉

    Thank you again Mukul!

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    1. Thank you for your elaborate and detailed comments on each flower.
      Am extremely happy you caught my subtle message of Global Harmony through Nature.
      I chose the flowers with care so that none of the species are native to India, though the colour was Indian Pink.
      The women are sporting a dress unique to this part of India. ( Lehnga Choli) It is not a saree/sari which is an unstitched single garment .


      1. “Global Harmony through Nature” what a beautiful concept! And one I feel we need now more than ever.

        I didn’t know those colorful and vibrant ensembles were not saris! Thank you for telling me. I now see that the Lehnga Choli is totally different. Google Image Search brings up a delightfully rich array of Lehnga Choli… such an elegant garment!

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  3. Mr. Chand, there is little,I can say that other visitors to your blog have not already said. Your wonderful pictures, and the careful, delicate way you describe them reflect your deep love of nature, and your profound sensibility for natural beauty. In fact, your descriptions are sheer poetry.

    Just one geographical observation– Mexico is part of North America, not Central America.

    Thank you for visiting my blog too. It is encouraging to have others like our work, especially when someone with such sensibility takes the time to let us know.

    Have a great time and keep on filling the world with beauty.

    Jim Valero

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    1. Thank you for your overwhelming and beautiful comments. Thank you for the correction. However, could we keep Mexico in Central America for purposes of the Blog. North America, natives were the Red Indians. Central America, The Mayans and South America the Aztecs. What say?


  4. Well done with the photographs and explanations Mukul Chand, I especially liked the Ladies In Pink photograph, the man in the photograph stood out to me with his interesting clothing and headwear or headgear(?).

    Thank you for sharing this post 🙂 ,
    -John Jr

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