Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is the architectural hub of Northern India, and also the second largest city in Northern India.The city is famous for its culture, music, poetry, technology, finance, pharmaceuticals & embroidery works including chikankari.This city has got many names like "The city of Nawabs", "Golden city of the East", "Shiraz-i-Hind" & "Constantinople of India". It is a very vibrant city and attracts many tourists throughout the year.The city experiences a cool dry climate during November to February and in this part of the year, the city stays overcrowded as more tourists visits the city at this time. Lucknow is crowded with buildings showing fascinating architectural styles of the ancient times, most of these buildings were built during the Mughal or the British rule. Lucknow is the habitat of people of different cultures and languages known for their polite way of speaking.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Lucknow is from October to March
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This is a very famous market place which has been existing since the times of the Mughal rulers. This market arena is situated in the heart of the beautiful city of Agra. Here you not only get shops but also shopping complexes, restaurants, hotels, offices and so much more. You can take this as the main shopping district when you are in Agra and you can simply get everything you want out here. Starting from sweet shops to the most modern clothings and accessories, you will get everything here.
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.
The Bada Imambara(Big) lies in the old city. It was built by the Nawab of Awadh, Asif-ud-Daula in 1784. The complex consists of several buildings. It has a mosque, a labyrinth and a bowli- a step well. The labyrinth, commonly called a maze is one of the main attractions here, it might get a bit confusing to find your way out here with lots of steps, yet people have a great time solving that puzzle. It might become a little difficult if you forget to carry a torch. The Bada Imambara is a great place to see cultural integration in terms of architecture, a Nawab's care for the people of his kingdom and the techniques adopted to ensure maximum security. There is a combined entry fee of Rs. 50 for Indian citizens and with a slight variation for other citizens. There are guides available at a fixed cost. Just outside the Imambara there are small shops where there are goods sold which are made out of camel bone.From the Bada Imambara , it's easy to get a shared rickshaw for Rs. 10 per person to the Chota Imambara(Small). On the way do not forget to stop at the clock tower and the picture gallery which has paintings of the Nawabs who ruled the city.
Once the gateway of Lucknow, this beautoful monument was commissioned by Nawab Asaf- ud- Daulah under the program of 'food for work' when the city population was facing famine conditions. The gateway is not only famous in India but also all over the world. The British also called it the Turkish Gateway since the model was inspired from some monument in the then region of Constatinopole or modern day Istanbul. The Rumi Darwaza is on the north western portion of the Bada Imambada which was also commissioned by Nawab Asaf- ud- Daulah. The monument was built in the year 184 and was once surrounded by immense natural beauty. The name Rumi Darwaza was given after the word Rumi which is a Persian word meaning Rome. This is because the gateway is modelled after a gateway in Constantinopole which was once the capital of the Eastern Roman Kingdom which was later vanquished by the Turkish rulers.
The landmark of Lucknow, it is also known as the Hussainabad Imambara since it was the office of the Hussainabad Trust, the previous owners of the city. This is located in the Old City Area. The monument was built in the 19th century under the 'food for work' scheme which was commissioned by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah when the region witnessed a very serous famine. The beautoful white monument is built in the Charbagh style with a stream flowing along the middle of the garden. The architecture is Indo- Islamic though a lot of Persian influemce can also be seen. There are a lot of Islamic callicraphy carvings done inside this Imambara. This was the mausoleum of the nawab and a number of members of his family.
The British Residency was the place that served as a refuge for approximately 3000 British inhabitants during the time of the uprising of 1857. Lucknow was center of all British activities during the siege and the Residency became the monopolistic center of the British for almost 90 days.
Chowk is the one of the oldest markets in the state of Uttar Pradesh with around 5000 shops in it. The Chowk is also called as the godown full of historical heritage of Lucknow. The market is a modern business centre but it still retains a blend of Nawabi glamour in it. The market is very famous for chikan clothes and ornaments. The handicrafts items available in this market make it quite popular. People in this area are mostly involved in making ornaments and handicrafts made through carving of ivory and bones. Nagra shoes and Jardoji clothes are the main attractions in this market. This market also has many food stalls which serve delicious food such as Kabab Paratha, Biriyani and few milk products. The most reputable fast food stall in the Chowk are "Ram Asraya" & "Radhey Lal Sweets", they are also one of the oldest establishments in this area.
Last but not the least, at the end of the trip do stop by at Aminabad where you can try the very famous Tundey Kabab, vegetarians do not be upset there is a shop right opposite Tundey Kabab called Ram Mithai Center which serves equally good vegetarian kababs and vegetable biryani.Lucknow, may be divided but when you see it as a whole the city has a great combination of the old and the new. The heritage shows a perfect blend of various religions and forms of architecture.This city deserves to be seen as every street has its own story to tell.
Aminabad is a market place in the heart of Lucknow and it is often called the 'Chandni Chowk of Lucknow'. This market has been in existence since the time of the Awadhi Nawabs and is still as popular and even more. You must have heard about the Lucknow Chikan work and embroideries which is famous all over the world. This is what you find at its best here. Starting from clothing fabrics to linen you will find all the authentic stuff here. You also get a lot of food outlets selling traditional sweets and snacks out here. Over all if you want to do a lot of budget shopping and are not at all brand concious this is the perfect place to visit in Lucknow.
Husainabad Clock Tower
Husainabad is a beautiful city famous for the Clock Tower and is located in Lucknow near Rumi Darwaza, which was built by Nawab Nasir-ud-din Haider to mark the moment of arrival of the 1st Lieutenant Governor of United Province of Avadh named Sir George Couper. This Clock Tower is said to be the tallest clock tower in India. The tower is 67 metres tall and has been designed by Roskell Payne. The parts of the clock were build with Gun Metal. The pendulum of the clock has a length of 14 feet which is also the longest in India. The dial of the huge clock has been shaped like twelve petalled flower surrounded by bells. The design of the clock tower in Husainabad reflects a combination of two styles, Victorian and Gothic. This is the perfect example of artistic brilliance and should definitely feature on your itinerary.
La Martiniere College
This is a very old college in the city of Lucknow which was established by the British during the British Ra in India. This is till now an extremely notable educational institution and a pride for the modern society parents. They have successfully maintained the glamour and grandeur of this college which is now divided into schools and boasts of have trained many a prominent personalities. You are allowed to enter the school boundaries for the tours but whatever the guide tells you is all true even i some things sound exaggerated about this school. They also have horse riding and other such activities as a part of school activities which is not much seen in Indian schools.
Royal Cafe - Royal Inn
The Royal Café - Royal Inn is one of the best multicuisine family restaurants in Hazratganj, Lucknow. From starters to desserts, you will love each and every single item served by them. Everything is prepared fresh, so that you can get the original taste of the food. All of our dishes are prepared by our chefs ith the best quality ingredients and spices, which will surely give you the best experience. The ambience of the place is perfect for a small family hangout. Pizzas, momos and burgers are very famous in this restaurant. One can even organize wide range of events, parties and get together here. This place promises to give you memories which will be cherishes forever in your heart. From corporate events, birthdays, weddings or New Year parties, anything can be organized quite royally here. The Royal Café is also present in different locations in Lucknow like Hazratgunj, Shanajaf Road, Gomti nagar and Saharagunj Mall.
Raj Niwas Hotel
This little hotel (semi-pricey) is as good as (if not better) a home stay would be. The caretaker makes sure that whatever you need is made available. All the touristy places and great restaurants are at a walking distance, but what steals the show is the location. Bang on Pichola with a breathtaking view from the terrace.
The Mughals Dastarkhwan
The Mughal's Dastarkhwan : There are many Dastarkhwans in Lucknow. All claiming to serve " Authentice Lucknowi cuisine". For this we took the help of my colleague from Lucknow and went by his recommendation. This Mughal Dastarkhwan is at Lalbagh, opposite Islamia College. This one is the oldest in town. We reached pretty late and when we were finally seated, ours was the last order. We had Mutton chops for starter, Mutton Biryani for Mains and Shahi Tukda for Dessert. Each one of the dishes were very finely cooked. In each place the biryani has a unique taste and feel to it. Kolkata Biryani is very different from Hyderabadi biryani and Lucknowi biryani is again very distinctive from both.
The largest mosque and one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture present in India, the Jama Masjid is located just opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. The mosque which means commanding view of the world was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. It has a very spacious compound that can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The main architectural attractions are the minarets and towers. The main tower has a 5- storey structure with projecting balconies on each level. The work of calligraphy is worth mentioning too. The main materials used were sandstone and marble.
Lal Pul, also known as Pakka Pul and Navabi pull, is a bridge across the Gomti river. It is considered to be the best starting point of Lucknow heritage walk. This bridge is among the oldest in the area and it has survived many floods. It is the tourists’ favorite passageway to the monumental building named Bara Imambara.
The Shahi Baoli was constructed in order to be used as a water reservoir. Myths like water of this well being connected to the river flowing nearby or a secret treasure map and the key to the treasure being thrown into this well have been quite popularly widespread. Baoli is extensively popular for it’s exceptional architectural design. Nawab Asif-ud-daula built it during the years 1784-1794 and got the design of this baoli drafted by Kifayat-ullah, who was one of the most skilful architects of those times. The exquisite Indo-Islamic architectural design of this structure makes it an impeccably unique edifice. The Shahi Baoli was built along with the other units of the Bada Imambara in order to provide food and work to the famine-stricken natives of Awadh. To the east of the main courtyard of the Bada Imambara lies the Shahi Baoli. Entrance to the Shahi Baoli is through a double arched gateway. On moving further, an open flight of stairs lead down to the step-well. Encompassing this well stands a multi-storeyed structure which comprises many open arched windows and inter-connected galleries. The most fascinating feature of this baoli is the secret view of the visitors that it offers. Because of the alignment of one of the windows of the building and it’s entrance pathway, one can see the colorful shadow of the visitors standing at the entrance of this structure, on the water of the well. Many of the royal guests have described this building in their travelogue as a five-storeyed palace or the Panch Mahal, consisting of halls and several resting rooms for the guests. Moreover, a water supply of hot as well as cold water was available to them for bathing. The entry to this palace was from the east whereas exit to it was from the west. Three storeys of this palace are now submerged into water’, says the famous historian of Awadh.