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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Lucknow?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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Lucknow being such an enthralling city with much to do and see, a tightly packed holiday is definitely on the cards. This beautiful city is crowded with sites of religious, historical and cultural importance. With something for everyone, you’ll be thoroughly spoilt for choice. Take a look at this two day itinerary encompassing all the wonders of this city and enjoy your holiday.

Day 1

  • As you step into this captivating city, let the hustle bustle of the city envelop you. Checking in at your hotel would be the ideal thing to do. With a refreshing nap and some much needed grub, set out to discover Lucknow.

  • Beginning with the Bada Imambara, the architectural splendour constructed in 1784 by Barak Imambara Asaf-ud-Daula. One of the largest distinctly arched constructions in the world, the main hall of this wonder has no beams or pillars supporting the ceiling. Acclaimed all over the world has a marvel, the Bara Imambara is a sight to behold.

  • You could then proceed to the Chhota Imambara which isn’t too far from the Bara Imambara. Touted as the historical landmark of Lucknow, Chhota Imambara or the Husainabad Imambara represents a wonderful combination of Charbagh, Indo-Islamic and Persian structural designs. Adorned with a grand golden dome, gold edged mirrors and splendid silver throne, the monument is a delight to discover.

  • Standing to the west of Bara Imambara, Rumi Darwaza stands tall in spellbinding magnificence. Constructed by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in 1784, it represents brilliant Awadhi style architecture. A drive through the archway of this majestic structure will take you back into time to the grand Awadh era.

  • Your next stop would be Husainabad Clock Tower, designed by Roskell Payne, the Husainabad Clock Tower is one of the tallest clock towers in India. Located adjacent to the Rumi Darwaza, the clock tower is a fine example of English artistic brilliance. The Victorian Gothic clock tower is over 67 meters high with a huge pendulum at a length of 14 feet. The dial of the clock if designed in the shape of a 12 petalled flower with bells around it.

  • An exploration spree of such grand historical sites along with sticky weather, your grumbling tummies must be seeking attention. Head to the Chowk nearby, a popular marketplace, your one stop for delicious Lucknowi cuisine.

  • After a scrumptious lunch here, you could shed a few newly gained calories by exploring this bustling market. Lined with shops selling elegant chikankari work along with other delights, shopping in Lucknow is a memorable experience.

Head to your hotel after a day well spent. You could either order in or explore the nearby area for some more of the enticing Awadhi fare.

Day 2

  • A day especially for the artsy ones. The city of great historical lineage and an intriguing culture, Lucknow is the keeper of art and remnants of the era gone by. You could dedicate the day to visiting a few museums in the city. A fine dose of Lucknowi history and culture and you end up falling more in love with this colourful city.

  • Begin with an enlightening tour of the past and the present at Lucknow State Museum. Housing sculptures, bronze statues, paintings, woodworks, coins, decorative arts and etchings from the pre historic era, the museum is absolutely splendid. Pictures, memories and places from the past will accompany you during your visit to this museum.

  • The Lalit Kala Academi being your next stop is bustling with exhibitions and workshops. The boiling hub of art keeps the colourful culture of Lucknow alive and kicking. From multimedia workshops, film screenings, art displays to photography sessions, the Lalit Kala Akademi always has something new to offer.

  • After an artistic spree to these museums, you could head to Aminabad for some mouth watering food. A bite of Lucknowi street food and you may extend your holiday. Be it the spicy chaat, the khasta kachori or the slurpy kulfi, Lucknow’s food is an integral part of its culture.

  • Shopping isn’t too far behind at Aminabad. Crowded with numerous shops, the market offers you a plethora of Lucknowi handicrafts, the famous chikankari work, dazzling jewellery and antiques. An evening spent shopping in this market will certainly complete your holiday. Be ready to lug a few, heavy shopping bags home.

  • Dinner should be marked by the famous tundey kebabs and the chicken korma at any of the city famous restaurants. Before you head back to your hotel, don’t forget to treat yourself to one last scoop of the delicious kulfi.

A holiday complete with architectural splendours, shopping sprees and delicious food. What more could you ask for? Lucknow offers you this and so much more. Let the chaos of the city lead you from one wonder to the next. Sit back and enjoy as the charm of Lucknow enraptures you.

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