Lucknow being one of the oldest and the largest city of UP and being rich in its heritage, I thought of visiting this place to experience the Nawabi Andaz of Lucknow.
Ended up reaching a bit late to this place due to dense fog.
After a quick breakfast, met a friend who took me for Lucknow Darshan. The first stop was the ‘British Residency’. The remains gives some glimpses of history. One can find small boards with information related to the place/building of the remains.
‘Dilkusha Kothi Palace’, was the next stop. This place too had remains from the past. The heritage buildings were closed but one could witness the interiors by peeping through the gate bars. A quick stroll in the garden was made while watching families enjoying the winter sun and picnicking. With this we bukkled up and headed for our next stop.
The place we visited next was ‘Bada Imambara & Chota Imambara’. The architecture is really commendable of this place. Both ‘Bada Imambara & Chota Imambara’ have the essence of the past in the architecture and the carvings. Though I was unable to witness the charm of ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ because of the mad rush(so left it for the next visit). After spending some quality time witnessing the beauty of the place, we exited ‘Imambara’, crossed ‘Rumi Darwaza’ and got a glimpse of ‘Husainabad Clock Tower’ standing tall and ticking.
Soon the stomach started making growling sounds indicating to refill the fuel to get going for the rest of the day. So, we ended up having the famous Chole Bhature & Lassi at ‘Shree Ke Chole Bhature’. Surrounded by small shops, somewhere in the busy and crowded street of Chowk, this place was also stuffed with people of all ages. After a plate of Chole Bhature & a glass of Lassi, we were good to go and explore again.
We soon were heading towards ‘Ambedkar Maidan’. This place can see a lot of families spending quality time with their children, playing and enjoying food packed in the picnic basket. Then we took a walk and headed on the road adjacent to the ‘Dr. Ambedkar Park’. After taking a quick stroll on the road, we headed towards the ‘Dr. Ambedkar Park’. With all the lighting, the place looked really beautiful in the evening. We headed in and after climbing and straining our strength, we reached the highest point in to get a glimpse of Lucknow in the evening. The view looked really mesmerizing with a little cold wind blowing.
We ended my Day 1 in the city here itself.