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Ravinder Malik Dec 22 2014

Which are the top 10 reasons to visit Lucknow?

Jigyasha Prasad Dec 23 2014
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Here are the top 10 reasons to visit Lucknow. You will be surprised to learn that there are actually three Lucknows! There’s the Lucknow built by the nawabs—rich in colour and character—with mosques, imambaras and narrow, twisting lanes. There’s the British Lucknow—colonial and stately. Finally, there is modern Lucknow, which purists refuse to recognize. Winters are the best time to visit this nawabi city as summers are blazing hot. The best time to visit Lucknow is between October and March when the weather is quite pleasant.

1. Bara Imambara

In 1784, Asaf-ud-Daula built Lucknow’s best-known landmark, the
Bara Imambara, as a food-for-work programme during a famine. The Bara Imambara great hall, which stands163 feet high, is the largest vaulted ceiling in Asia. It is an architectural marvel since this vaulted ceiling has no supporting pillar.

Bara Imambara (from official tourism website)

Atif Mosque inside Bara Imambara (by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske))

2. Chhota Imambara

Chhota Imambara was built in 1850 by Mohammed Ali Shah. It is a magnificent building, decorated with black-and-white calligraphic patterns. It looks particularly spectacular when the chandeliers are lit during Muharram.

Chota Imambara (from official tourism website)

3. Satkhanda

The Satkhanda was constructed to be seven-storeyed watch-tower with a bird’s eye-view of the city. However, only four storeys were constructed when Nawab Mohammed Ali Shah, who was sponsoring the construction, died. The construction was never completed. Although it is incomplete, it is nonetheless quite splendid. It was inspired by the Leaning Tower of Pisa and reflects a blend of Greek and Islamic architecture.

Sathkhanda (by Flickr upload bot)

4. Shah Najaf Imambara

On the banks of the Gomti, opposite the Carlton Hotel, is the Shah Najaf Imambara, which houses the tombs of Nawab Ghaziuddin Haider and his wives, including his European bride, Begum Mubarak Mahal. Watch out for the giant candlestands and some of the best taziyas (minarets) in town. The beautiful buildings here are surely one of the top 10 reasons to visit Lucknow.

Shah Najaf Imambara (by Sayyedfaraz11)

5. Lucknow Residency

The Lucknow Residency, one of the famous
places in Lucknow, has a strong connection with the 1857 Mutiny. It was the place where British officers and their dependents took refuge during the famous revolt. A sound and light show at the Residency depicts the history of Lucknow, including the siege.

Lucknow Residency (by Nitika.t)

Lucknow Residency (by Aleksandr Zykov)

6. Hussainabad Clock Tower

Said to be one of the tallest clock towers in India, the Hussainabad Clock Tower is a brilliant example of English architecture. Designed by Roskell Payne, this Victorian Gothic clock tower stands over 67 meter tall and is flanked by a beautiful, lush garden.

Clock Tower (from official tourism website)

7. Charbagh Railway Station

Surprised? Well, don’t be as Lucknow railway station looks like a royal palace with imposing towers on each side. One of the most beautiful railway stations in India, Charbagh surely deserves a visit due to its sheer architectural brilliance!

Charbagh Railway Station (from official tourism website)

8. Rumi Darwaza

On the western side of Bara Imambara stands the Rumi Darwaza, a giant stately gateway. Built by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in 1784, it represents the brilliant Awadhi style of architecture. Standing 60 feet tall, the beautiful building has a beautifully carved stone chatri or an umbrella on top that can be accessed by a stairway.

Rumi Darwaza (by Abhinai)

9. Shopper’s Delight

There is a lot to shop for when you are in Lucknow. Aminabad, Chowk and Hazratganj are the major shopping hubs in Lucknow where you can pick up chikankari kurtis, kurtas and sarees, traditional silverware and brass knick-knacks and attar (pure essence oils extracted from flowers).

Hazratganj Market (by Mohitextreme)

A local market in Lucknow (by Realavnish)

10. Eating Out

The nawabs were great connoisseurs of food and to them can be credited the creation of such Avadhi delicacies as galouti kebab, kebab paranthas and rumali rotis, not to forget an entire technique of cooking—dum pukht. You will find a number of good restaurants in Lucknow which serve mouth-watering Awadhi cuisine.

Tunday Kababi (by Mohitextreme)

Take your pick from the above list of top 10 reasons to visit Lucknow and plan your next visit to this beautiful city!

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