The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is widely known for its delicious kebabs, intricately designed monuments and Chikankari artwork. The city boasts of a rich cultural heritage that has been seamlessly blended with its modern landscape. This is why this cultube hub is popular among tourists!
If you’re nearing the end of your stay in Lucknow but are not yet ready to say goodbye to your trip, then there are quite a few cities nearby that you can visit to understand and fully appreciate the culture and heritage of North India.
Not only do these cities provide an immersive travel experience, but you can also easily reach them by bus. And with the convenient option to make bus booking online, travelling has never been easier!
Let’s take a look at the top 5 destinations that you can visit by bus near Lucknow. PS: All of them are less than six hours away from Lucknow!
Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, exercises a great influence over Indian religion, history and politics. In Hindu scriptures, it is known as the ‘king of all pilgrimage centres’, chosen by the creator of the universe Lord Brahma himself. To this day, Prayagraj witnesses the Kumbh as well as the Maha Kumbh Melas at the holy Sangam of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. Today, this beacon of Indian culture is home to ancient tombs, gorgeous parks and brilliant restaurants.
Located on the banks of river Rapti in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhpur is renowned as the workplace of famous writer Munshi Premchand and the exceptional poet Kabir Das. Gorakhpur is popular as a religious centre and is in fact named after the medieval saint Gorakshanath. Additionally, Gorakhpur is famous for its delicious kebabs and sweets and terracotta work. Mughlai food is one of the most popular cuisines of Gorakhpur. The city is also renowned for its proximity to the Nepal border.
Kanpur is an important industrial centre in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located on the banks of Ganges and has been a historic city during India’s freedom movement. Kanpur is the best place to buy fine quality textiles and leather products. Some important tourist attractions include the Kanpur Memorial Church, JK Temple, Moti Jheel, Kanpur Stadium, Becon Ganj Market and Sati Chaura Ghat.
Varanasi, also known as Banaras, is one of the oldest living cities on earth. The Ganga Aarti held on the Ghats of Varanasi attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. Travellers from across borders come to Banaras to cleanse their soul from past sins and receive liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Several families make a trip to Banaras at least once in their lifetime for this particular reason.
If you are looking for a unique getaway to a hidden gem in Uttar Pradesh, then Etawah is the answer. An offbeat city along the Ganga-Yamuna sangam, the city is great for a budget cultural getaway with family, or for wildlife lovers. Etawah is home to the Sarsai Newar Watland, which attracts sarus cranes, water fowl, and migratory birds. Other sites to visit include the Saifai Cricket Stadium and Raja Sumer Singh Fort.
We hope these cities help you round out your cultural experience of Lucknow. Travel safely!