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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the places to visit around Lucknow?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Enthralled by the architectural brilliance that Lucknow had to offer? Stocked your shopping bags with goodies from all over the city? And you still have some time on your hands. Perfect! Set out to explore some of the places around this lovely city and your holiday will be complete.
Take a look at some of the places and make exciting plans for your extended vacation.

  • Faizabad
    Faizabad's glorious past precedes this lovely city. Situated on the banks of river Ghaghra, 127 km and 2 and half hours ride by a Lucknow to Faizabad taxi, it offers an enlightening view into the erstwhile Awadhi era. Regal forts, ancient temples and a strong cultural identity welcome you to this historical town. The first capital city of the Nawabs of Awadh, Faizabad is a land of rich culture, art and architecture. There are also some options to stay in the hotels in Faizabad. The classical town is the birthplace of erstwhile poets, legends and playwrights. Soaked in Awadhi history, Faizabad is home to the famous Tomb of Bahu Begum and the splendid Gulab Bari. The widely famous city is acclaimed for a variety of reasons, from its delicious cuisines to the artistic textile produce and from its grand architecture to its old world charm. The much sought after destination is thronged by tourists for its royal aura, old forts and hospitable people.

  • Kanpur
    Earlier known as the Cawnpore, Kanpur is one of the oldest industrial cities in Northern India. Located near the holy Ganges, it is 83 km from Lucknow whihc takes almost two hours to reach by a Lucknow to Kanpur taxi. Situated among the two most sacred rivers of India, Ganges and Yamuna, Kanpur is among the most populous cities in India . Famous for its textile, leather and engineering industries, the city is also home to one of the most prestigious educational institutes of India, IIT Kanpur. A city with rich history, there are many places to visit in Kanpur with numerous forts, temples and gardens to please the visiting tourists. Asia's biggest zoological garden is also in Kanpur. The adjoining areas of Kanpur, like Jajmau and Bithoor hold mythological importance as well. Kanpur was also the centre point of the first war of Indian independence of 1857. It is a treat for the history enthusiast and the religious alike.

  • Ayodhya
    Widely known for being the place of birth of Lord Rama, Ayodhya located 136 km away from Lucknow is a city of immense religious and historical significance. Even though the Babri Masjid controversy brought it under the media light, Ayodhya still promises a feel of the rustic Indian life, with all its temples and simple people. "Located on the banks of the Holy river Sarayu, Ayodhya has been described as “a city built by Gods and being as prosperous as paradise itself". It finds mention in the religious texts of Jainism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Ayodhya is most famously home to Lord Rama, the deity of the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Main shrines to visit are that of Ramkoth and Hanuman Garhi as well as Mani Parbat and Sugriv Parbat. The markets are small and buzzing with activity and provide interesting artifacts and memorabilia. The Sharavan Jhoola Mela celebrated during July-August sees the city decked up beautifully and come to life, making it a major tourist attraction during this time.

So pack your bags once again, chart out your itineraries and you are all set for another exciting holiday!

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