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While talking to my friend over phone, I said "I wanted to visit Rumi Darwaza atleast". And do you want to know my friend's response?? "Switch on the TV and you can see all the tourist attractions live". Yes! The protesters were burning tyres around all important places in Lucknow. Knowing that I was helpless, I decided to stay at the hotel itself, took a nice shower and ordered dinner to my room and had a good sleep.
The 'Rumi Darwaza' is standing tall since the 18th century, was initially built to mark the start of then Lucknow. As time passed, the city grew bigger. The Darwaza was no longer considered as the start point of the city. It was made into an entryway of the Nabab's palace. The palace does not exist anymore. It was destroyed by the British when the Nabab refused to surrender. But many monuments inside the palace still survived. So does the Rumi Darwaza.