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Lucknow, Uttar Prdesh

The third largest city of India and the largest city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is popularly known as the “City of Nawabs” or the ‘City of Tehzeeb (culture)’. As the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is a famous multi-cultural city, which is a combination of North-Indian art and culture, and the seat of the power of Nawabs in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Lucknow is well known for its tehzeeb (culture), music, art, poetry and architecture wonders of the Buildings. City has many beautiful places to visit. It is also famous for street food especially non vegetarian items like Sheermal, Nahari, kababs.

Location: Capital of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of river Gomti.

Climate: It is too hot in summers. The temperature reaches up to 40.5?c in May and too low in winters, around 6.9? c in January.

Wear loose cotton clothes in summers and heavy woollens in winters.

Best time to visit: October-March

How to reach:

By Air: Nearest is Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow (14kms)

By Train: Lucknow Railway Junction is the nearest railhead

By Road:  Public transport is available easily

Places of interest:

Bara Imambara

Location:  4 kms away from the Railway Station, in Machchi Bhawan, Lucknow   

Timings: Open all days of the week except Monday from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

‘Bara’ means ‘Big’ and ‘Imambara’ means ‘Shrine’. Bara Imambara is one of the most famous monuments of Lucknow and was built in 1784, by Asaf-ud-Daula. It is also called ‘Asif Imambara’ after the name of the Nawab. It is a very sacred place of worship for Muslims. Every year, thousands of Muslims come to visit this place and to celebrate ‘Muharram’, the religious Muslim festival. The upper floor of Bara Imambara is 50 meters long and its height is 15 meters. It is incredible and is called ‘Bhul-Bulaya’. It contains 489 doors.

Bara Imambara is an excellent work of engineering of Mughal architecture and is the largest unsupported structure in the World. You will be astounded to see the Asifi Mosque, Rumi Darwaja, Shahi Bawali and much more in its vicinity. The most amazing fact about this marvellous piece of architecture is that no metal or wood is used to construct it. The entire building has been made by Lakhanui bricks.

Hazratganj Market

Location:  4.2 kms from Railway Station

Timings: Open all days except Sunday from 10.00 a.m.-11.00 p.m.

Hazratganj is a famous traditional shopping area with an abundance of enticing shopping complexes, luxurious restaurants, grand hotels and much more. Nawab Nasiruddin Haider laid the foundation of this market in 1827. Earlier, this market was only for high profile persons but now it is open for all the people. The market was very famous among the Nawabs, British officials and zamindars for its exquisiteness.

It is the best place for shopping traditional jewellery, clothes, electronics and handicraft items.

Satkhanda

Location:  5.9 kms away from Railway Station, just opposite of Hussainabad Imambara

Best month to visit – November to April

The word ‘Satkhanda’ means ‘Seven Storeys’. This magnificent building had to be built with seven storeys, but when its construction work was abandoned, only four storeys could be made.

This red- brick watch tower is one of the tallest towers in India. It was built in the memory of Sir George Couper, by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah. It has an amazing mixture of Islamic and Greek architecture, which is influenced by the famous seventh wonder of the World, ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa’. The most unique feature of this tower is that every successive block of this building has been constructed in the decreasing order of height and breadth of its base block.

Chota Imambara

Location:  West of Bara Imambara

Timings: Open all days from 6.00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Chota Imambara is a masterpiece of Persian, Charbagh and Indo-Islamic craftsmanship. It is also famous as the ‘Palace of Lights’ because of its graceful and appealing decorations, during special festivals. This magnificent monument was constructed in 1838 by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah. The exclusive chandeliers of this building are fascinating because they were specially brought from Belgium. The main drawback of this building is that Non- Muslims are not allowed to visit inside the mosque, located within the monument complex.

Rumi Darwaza

Location:  Near Bara Imambara

Best month to visit:  October to March

Rumi Darwaza is the most impressive design of Turkish architectural structure. It was constructed by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in 1784. It is also known by the name ‘Turkish Gate’. Height of this Darwaza is 60 feet, which looks amazing. The whole structure is decorated with beauteous cravings. You can reach at the top through a staircase, where you will be mesmerized on seeing the beautifully carved umbrella.  Rumi Darwaza is indeed a resplendent entry gate in the Lucknow City.

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