Lucknow or the City of Nawabs sitting on the banks of the Gomti river, is regarded as North India’s cultural capital and Uttar Pradesh’s capital. Lucknow weather is extreme like Delhi, so a visit between the months of November to January is recommended as it is relatively cooler. Lucknow is replete with historical elements dating back to the colonial era that are known over the world for their Awadhi-style architecture which is why Lucknow sightseeing is so popular among tourists. But Lucknow’s ethos lies in its delectable cuisine and its unique Chikankaari (shadow-work embroidery) garments that are must-buys if you are in the city. Tourist places to visit and things to do in Lucknow are abundant. Check out its sweeping gardens and pure Kathak dance-forms that are showcased in numerous events held across the city. The city is also thriving with a lovely Urdu poetry scene. The ginormous tomb complex of Bara Imambara is home to a stunning labyrinth and neighboured by the equally popular mausoleum of Chhota Imambara, the Husainabad clock tower and a fantastic art gallery. When here, feast on its delightful assortment of Awadhi and Mughlai food. Street food in Lucknow comprises of everything from kebabs to the makhan malai (a saffron-flavoured local ice-cream). If you love food, check out the best restaurants in Lucknow like, The Mughal's Dastarkhwan, Oudhyana and Falaknuma Rooftop Restaurant. Also go to Homey's Cafe, Tramp Tree Cafe and Gannewala Cafe, if you like coffee and baked goodies.