The Capital city of Uttar Pradesh and often described as the ‘City of Nawabs’, Lucknow is one of the most pristine and multicultural tourist destinations of India. The city primarily flourished during the 18th and the 19th centuries as an artistic and cultural center of India under the reign of the Nawabs of Awadh. The city is also the second largest city of North India and the 11th largest city in the country. The city contains various architectural wonders, historical monuments, cuisines and is a cultural hub in itself.
In and Around
Places to see in Lucknow
The Bara Imambara was built in the year 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Awadh known as Asaf-ud-Daula. It was built as a part of a relief project for a major famine that took place in the year 1784.
British Residency Lucknow
The British Residency of Lucknow is a famous historical landmark of this place. It is now in ruins and has been declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.
One of the imposing structures built by the Nawabs of Lucknow, Chattar Manzil is a very famous tourist attraction of Lucknow. The most unique thing about the Chattar Manzil of Lucknow is the strikingly different architecture.
In the year 1423, Sultan Ahmed Shah constructed the Jama Masjid in Lucknow. It is built entirely with yellow sandstone and is known for its intricate style of design and architecture.
The Rumi Darwaza of Lucknow is one of the most impressive architectural structures in India. It was constructed in the year 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula. The Rumi Darwaza is an example of the fine architectural style of Awadh.
Between the Bara Imambara and Chhota Imambara is the Clock Tower of Lucknow. This huge tower was constructed by Nawab Nasir-ud-Din Haider in the year 1880. The Clock Tower in Lucknow reaches upto a staggering height of 221 feet and is the tallest Clock Tower in India. The Clock tower also has the biggest fitted clock that cost the government around Rs. 1.75 lakhs at that time.
The Moti Mahal in Lucknow is one of the most beautiful monuments of India. The Nawab of Lucknow, Saadat Ali Khan, constructed it. The Lucknow Moti Mahal is also known as Palace of Pearls. The Moti Mahal is located on the borders of Gomti and provides a spectacular view of the city of Nawabs. The Nawabs used this palace to view birds in flight and spend time in leisure. There are three buildings that comprise the whole construction.
The two other buildings are known as Shah Manzil and Mubarak Manzil. These two buildings were added later by Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haider. These were used by the Nawab to watch animal combats and animal fights. The Moti Mahal is preserved till date by the concerned authorities and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Lucknow.
Tila It is said that the original site of the town was actually at Lakshmana Tila. The story goes back to ancient times when the brother of Lord Rama, Lakshmana laid the foundation of the city of modern Lucknow. It was known as Lakshmanpur then. This place is supposed to be one of the earliest sites of human settlements in Lucknow.
The Hussainabad Imambara is a major tourist attraction of Lucknow. The monument was built by Mohammed Ali Shah in the year 1837. The tombs of Mohammed Ali Shah and his mother are located over here. The walls of the monument are decorated with Arabic verses that have been carved beautifully by efficient craftsmen. The structure has an imposing white colored dome and many pillars or minarets. The interiors of the monument are worth seeing. They have been decorated beautifully with elaborate chandeliers, mirrors with gold frames, the majestic throne of the King. There are small miniatures of the Taj Mahal on either side of the monument. The Hussainabad Imambara is beautifully decorated during the festival of Moharrum. The whole structure is bordered with thousands of little bulbs, which give it a royal look when illuminated in the evening.
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary
The Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is one of the major wildlife sanctuaries of Uttar Pradesh. This bird sanctuary can be visited as a part of excursions from Lucknow. The Nawabganj bird sanctuary in U.P. is spread over a small area of less than 3 square kilometers.
Located at a distance of around 94 kilometers from Lucknow, is the Naimisharanya Misrikh temple. It is a major pilgrimage center and attracts devotees from all over India.
Kukrail Reserve Forest
The Kukrail Reserve Forest is located at a distance of around 15 kilometers from Lucknow. The main attractions of this reserve are a deer farm and crocodile nursery. It has been developed by the Forest Department of Lucknow and is a nice picnic spot. The reserve forest also has a Children’s Park, rest house and cafeteria. The animals that are found here in their natural habitat are a variety of deer like Sambhar, Black Bucks and Spotted Deer. The forest reserve also has a good collection of birds.
Located at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Lucknow, the Deva Sharif is an important place of worship of not just the Muslims but also the Hindus. It is basically the tomb of the revered Sufi saint, Syed Haji Waris Ali Shah. This shrine attracts a large number of devotees during the months of October – November. A major festival called Urs Festival is held over here during this time in the honor of the saint.
Shah Najaf Imambara
The monument of Shah Najaf Imambara is situated on the banks of Gomti in Lucknow. The monument is still well maintained by the concerned authorities. The monument is the tomb of Ghazi-ud-din Haider and his wife who hailed from Europe. The tomb of Ghazi-ud-din Haider is done in silver while the tomb of his wife Mubarak Mahal is a more imposing structure that has works done in gold and silver. The entrance of the tomb is flanked by a beautiful garden that sprawls across the entire area.
Shopping in Lucknow
The city is known famously for its Chikan embroidery. Good quality textiles with exquisite form of embroidery can be purchased from the city. The famous jhumkas, colourful bangles, nose pins, waist bands and other beautiful accessories are found in the streets of Lucknow. The city is also known for its exquisite jewellery like jadau (jewellery studded with gems).
Lucknow is a wonderful place and can be visited just about anytime through the year. However, the best time to visit Lucknow is usually from October to March.
How to Reach
Lucknow can be easily reached by air as the place has its own independent airport. The airport at Lucknow is located at a distance of around 14 kilometers from the city center at a place called Amausi. Flights operate from Amausi to nearby places like Delhi, Patna, Ranchi and also other cities like Mumbai.
There are two main railway junctions at Lucknow. One is at Lucknow city center itself and the other is at Charbagh, which is located at a distance of around 3 kilometers from the city center. Trains from all major places near and around Lucknow ply daily to this place.
Lucknow can be easily reached from Delhi, Kanpur, Agra, Allahbad and Dehradun. Highways from all these places connect them with Lucknow. The major highways passing through Lucknow are N.H. – 25, N.H. – 28 and N.H. – 56.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Kanpur Road, Sector B,
Bara Birwa, Lucknow,
Uttar Pradesh 226005
Lucknow – 226010,
75-V, Vibhuti Khand
Lucknow-226010 (U.P.) India
Where to Eat
The cuisine of Lucknow has its own distinct individuality and identity. The most famous dishes of Lucknow are kormas, kaliya, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermal, roomali rotis, warqi parathas. Varieties of Kebabs are Kakori Kebabs, Shami Kebabs, Boti Kebabs, Patili-ke-Kababs, Ghutwa Kebabs and Seekh Kebabs.It is not just the ingredients that are special but also the way they are made by expert hands and the way they are presented.
Aryan Family Delight
Faizabad Road, Bhoothnath Market,
Indiranagar Colony, Lucknow,
Uttar Pradesh 226016
Near Akbari Gate, Chowk,