Lucknow

Lucknow, a city which upholds many cultures, heritage and arts of Uttar Pradesh, resonating in every corner. It gained prominence when Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula shifted the capital of Awadh from Faizabad to this city in 1775. They were great patrons of arts and laid the foundation from which Lucknowi culture emerged. Whether Lucknow’s mesmerizing architecture, sweetness in its language, elegant hospitality, and sophistication in its culture, exquisite crafts or the mouth-watering cuisine, this city never fails to win hearts of every traveller. Modern day Lucknow is a spectacular synthesis of past and present. It is a bustling capital city spreading both sides of the River Gomti with sprawling parks, British Era buildings and old monuments. Lucknow is famous for its charm, nazakat (Elegance) and nafasat (Refinement) – which is holding onto this land since time immemorial. 

PLAN YOUR TRIP

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Bara Imambara

Bara Imambara stands on the busy road of old Lucknow as a grand attraction of the city. The massive Imambara (Shi’ite ceremonial hall) is a treasure of impeccable architecture, royal relics and fascinating stories. The imambara was built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daulah. The unusual labyrinth of corridors inside its upper floor make a visit here particularly special. The construction of this building was ordered by Nawab Asaf-ud-daulah to generate employment for the labours of his kingdom when a severe famine struck Awadh in 1784. The Imambara’s central and main hall is unique as it does not have any conventional pillar support for its 50 Ft. high arched roof - one of the largest of its kind in the world. The Imambara also houses a beautiful mosque known as Asafi Masjid, a large baoli (stepwell) which can be explored but do carry a torch with you. To the left of the central hall is an intriguing ‘labyrinth’ known as Bhul Bhulaiyya, an enticing narrow passageways that winds its ways inside the upper floors of the tomb’s structure, eventually leading out to rooftop balconies. The view of the city from the top of the monument is breathtaking. 

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The Residency

The large collection of gardens and ruins that makes up the Residency offers a fascinating historical glimpse of the beginning of the end for the British Raj. Built in 1800, the Residency became the stage for the most dramatic events of the 1857 First War of Independence, the 147 – day siege of Lucknow that claimed the lives of thousands. The compound has been left as it was at the time of the final relief and the walls are pockmarked from bullets and cannon balls. The museum in the main Residency building has a scale model of the original buildings. Downstairs are the huge basement rooms where many British women and children took shelter throughout the siege. The cemetery around the ruined St. Mary’s Church is where 2000 of the defenders were buried including their leader, Sir Henry Lawrence, ‘who tried to do this duty’ according to the famous inscription on his weathered gravestone. 

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Tomb of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan

This historical monument with two imposing tombs of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan and his wife Khurshid Zadi, stand near the historical Begum Hazrat Mahal Park. The tomb is beautifully built with special bricks known as Lakhuri Bricks and Chuman (special lime mortar). Inside the tomb is a hall with rectangular verandahs over the four sides that carry arched doorways. The verandahs over the southern and eastern sides have graves of the daughters and wives of Saadat Ali Khan. This tomb also has a big hemispherical kind of dome, which is fluted with narrow and regular types of ribbings. The interesting feature of this dome is its symmetrical shape. This is a perfect picnic destination with a park surrounding the Tomb.

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Lucknow Zoo and State Museum

The Prince of Wales Zoological Garden was established in 1921 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. The zoo is now known as Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Praani Udyan. It is home to a variety of species of exotic birds and animals like the swamp deer, golden pheasant, tiger and rhinoceros. It is a popular destination for locals as a picnic spot and gets extremely crowded during weekends. The State Museum is within the zoo and houses a collection of sculptures, artefacts, Egyptian mummie and much more.

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DEEP DIVE IN LUCKNOW

Places to see

Get started on planning your holiday by looking at these popular places in Lucknow

HOW TO GET HERE?

FLIGHT BOOKING

Book a flight to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, the nearest airport located 15 KM from the city. It is directly connected with major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Patna, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Sharjah, Dubai, Jeddah etc. with regular flights.

BUS BOOKING

Lucknow is well-connected by road with all major cities of the country. Some of the road distance which can be of your use are: Kanpur – 79 KM, Ayodhya – 135 KM and Allahabad – 210 KM.

TRAIN BOOKING

Book your seat to Charbhagh Railway Station, the city’s major railway junction. It is conveniently linked with prominent cities like Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Allahabad and Hyderabad with trains running at regular intervals from various stations like Gomti Nagar Station, Lucknow Junction Railway Station, Badshanagar Station, Aishbagh Station etc.

PLACE TO VISIT NEAR LUCKNOW

Ayodhya

135 KM

Ayodhya is a legendary spiritual centre on the banks of River Saryu that attracts the visitors with its serene ghats and countless temples. Situated in the Faizabad district, Ayodhya is counted as one of the seven sacred cities in the Hindu faith. Being the birthplace of Lord Rama and the five of Jainism’s 24 Tirthankaras, this land has many mythological and sacred bonds. According to the epic Ramayana, Ayodhya was home to the Ikshvaku dynasty, from which Lord Rama, the most illustrious of its rulers is said to have descended. Ayodhya is a significant spiritual centre for other faiths as well, Jainism in particular. The buzz of life as usual, fervour of visiting devotees, chiming temple bells and melodious chanting, all offer Ayodhya a singular spiritual ambience. Home to countless multi-faith temples, as many Dharamshalas(hermitages) and Akhadas (resting places for sadhu), the place is further enlivened by the presence of all manner of supplicant, sage, scholars and such like.

Naimisharanya

89 KM

Naimisharanya (Neemsar) is a land steeped with Hindu mythology linking it to Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Sati and Lord Shiva. The place is unique owing to the belief that it is the land where the pantheon of 33 Hindu God & Goddesses reside. It also believed to be the first most sacred of all pilgrim centres for Hindus. It is said that if one performs penance for 12 years on this land, one moves to Brahmaloka. The place is located on the banks of River Gomti in Sitapur district at a distance of 94 Km from Lucknow. This place finds mention as a dense forest in several ancient scriptures, including the Mahabharata. It is definitely worth a day trip to visit the various shrines. A paved street encircling the town connects the primary shrines and visitors can cover the circuit in a couple of hours.

Mathura-Vrindavan

396 KM

Located in the western part of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura is a jumble of never-ending lanes teeming with folks, rickshaws and glittering shops. The city is dotted with magnificent temples, most of them dedicated to Lord Krishna, the city’s presiding deity and its first citizen. These temples depict various phases of Lord Krishna’s life, taking the devotees back to the divine era. Mathura is an important pilgrimage destination of the Hindus and is one of the seven sacred cities of India. Lord Krishna was born around 5000 years ago on this land as an 8th child to Mata Devaki and Vasudeva in the prison cell of the tyrant Kansa, Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle. The land is daubed with an enchanting culture, which is enough to capture your heart and touch your soul. Vrindavan is a holy town in Mathura and is the most significant pilgrimage site in Braj region, attracting around 500000 pilgrims every year. It is believed that Lord Krishna spent his childhood here. Even the dust of this holy place is said to be sacred and devotees are often seen smearing it on their forehead. It is believed that Vrindavan was lost over time, until the 16th century, when it was rediscovered by the saint from Nabadwip, Chaitanya, Mahaprabhu, who travelled to Vrindavan in 1515.

Varanasi

319 KM

Varanasi or Banaras, mentioned in the scriptures as Kashi, is less of a city and more of a dreamy experience. It is a paragon of Indian culture, philosophy, traditions and spiritual ethos since times immemorial. It is among the Sapta Puries, meaning seven sacred cities of Ancient India. The city is located on the bank of River Ganga which has two tributaries in the city: Varuna and Assi; hence the name Varanasi. The combination of Kashi – the holy city, Ganga- the sacred river and Shiva- the supreme God, makes Varanasi an immortal destination. Today, Varanasi remains the hub of cultural and holy activities. In the field of learning, especially of Religion, Philosophy, Yoga, Ayurveda, Astrology, Dance and Music, the city is certainly unparalleled. The Banarasi Silk Sarees and Brocades are known worldwide for its elegance. Varanasi is full of surprises abounding every corner; the more one explores it, the more one falls in love with it!