Best time to visit8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open hours6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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BudgetFor 2 adults- INR 35, Foreigners (per person)- INR 300
A part of the Bada Imambara or the Asafi Imambada, this is a labyrinth structure inside this monument. The Bada Imambada was built by Asaf- ud- Daulah, the Nawab of Awadh. An imambada is a shrine structure which is usually built by the Shia Muslims for the Azadari purpose. This labyrinth structure was made mainly to confuse enemies if they ever tried to attack the devotees during the time of their prayer.
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Bhool Bhulaiyaa is a labyrinth of hundreds of narrow stairway passages, some of which also have dead ends, which was constructed to confuse intruders.
It is also know as Bara Imambara. There are 1000 doors in which 500 doors are act as dummy that's why it is termed as BHOOL BHULAIYAA also.. really a great architecture.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa is Lucknow's star. It is the centerpiece of Lucknow's tourist destinations. Housed inside the Bara Imambara, it overshadows everything else that the place contains. The Bhool Bhulaiyaa is basically a maze. A really, really complicated maze. The lanes are narrow, the ceiling low, light sparse, or, in some instances, none at all. It would be unfair to reveal too much about the Bhool Bhulaiyaa, it is an experience that should take every visitor by surprise! Photos sourced from Tripoto
Bhool Bhulaiya is a labyrinth of hundreds of narrow stairway passages, some of which have dead-ends, some end at precipitous drops while others lead to entrance or exit points. One should always take a Guide to explore Bhool Bhulaiya. The Bhool Bhulaiya was constructed to confuse any enemy intruder. The narrow lanes of the labyrinth can make anyone feel lost. The king and other few only knew the way out.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa, is a part of Bara Imambada and has numerous narrow staircase passages, some dead ends and corridors. The architecture and structure is simply majestic. It is said to be the world's largest arched room without any pillars. One should hire a guide to explore the routes or be prepared to get lost for hours. An interesting and a mysterious place to visit after all 'deewaron ke bhi kaan hote hain'.
Bhool Bhulaiya is the main part of the Imambara complex. The central part of it is a big arched hall where the tomb of Asaf-Ud-Dowlah lies. The Iranian architect Kifait-ullah, the author of this project, also lies buried there. There are eight more chambers built to different roof heights. The building is surrounded with 489 identical doorless galleries. Bhool Bhulaiya has no pillars to support the ceiling and it is among the largest vaulted constructions in the world.
On Sunday early morning we went to Bara Imambara and the old city.We thought of having breakfast somewhere at the Chowk area but could not manage time as we had to get Kebabs and Biryani packed before we check out and head to the airport. Next to Tunday Kababi, there is Wahid's Biryani who serves excellent biryani. We got the biryani packed from there.
The Bara Imambara is among the grandest buildings of Lucknow. It is an Imambara complex. Also known as Asafi Imambara, it was built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. It is an architectural marvel and a must visit place for tourists. It is also known as Bhool Bhulaiya (Labyrinth) because the hundreds of stairway passages can make you lose your mind, as some end at dead points and some at exit. It's not easy to find your way once you are lost here. These passages were made to confuse the enemy intruder.