At the centre of the first stand taken by united India, the first war of Indian independence -1857, lies this magnificent ruin.
When Awadh fell to the British, the Nawab agreed for a British resident to be stationed and this beautiful campus was sanctioned. Once the last Nawab was exiled, his wife Begum Hazrat Mahal lead the revolting Indian troops and laid siege on the residency which lasted around 3 months and caused extensive damage to the buildings. The buildings weren’t occupied again and are now maintained in the same state they were when the siege ended. The main building has now been converted into a museum to commemorate the 1857 war. A walk through this campus gives one an idea about the lavishness of the British lifestyle, their hegemony over the Indian rulers and the struggle of various Indian leaders. A nominal entry fee is charged and 1-2 hours can easily be spent here.
Beware of couples looking for privacy though. ????
￼We followed this up with a sumptuous lunch at Dastarkhwan restaurant. Awadhi cuisine is heaven for non vegetarians. The mutton delicacies are to die for and they also serve an epic Shahi Tukda.