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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places of interest in Lucknow?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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As you step into the beautiful city of Lucknow, you’ll be mesmerised by its sheer vibrancy. With every corner telling you a story, Lucknow is immersed in intriguing history. Reminiscent of an era gone by, the town along the Gomti river will thoroughly captivate you. Take on this exhilarating journey and let the hidden paths of the city lead you on. From splendid structures hiding alluring secrets to the plethora of architectural delights surprising you with their grandeur, the city will charm its way through you.

Hop on to a horse carriage or tonga, offering special tours of the city and find your way through architectural brilliance and archaic splendors.

  • Bara Imambara

    Enveloped in legends and myths, one of the most beautiful monuments in Lucknow stands tall in all its grandeur. Intermingled with stories and beliefs, the aura of the monument encompasses you as you enter.
    Constructed in 1784 by
     Barak Imambara Asaf-ud-Daula, it is also known as the ‘Gravity Defying Palace’. The central hall of the monument has received it fair share of acclaim worldwide. One of the largest distinctly arched constructions in the world, the hall at 50 by 16 meters and over 15 meters tall has no beams or pillars supporting the ceiling. Echoing whispering sounds throughout the main hall is the arresting balcony in the monument. To make things a wee bit more interesting is the confusing web called Bhul Bhullaiya bordering the main hall on the first floor and a step well that connects the building to the river. Offering a breathtaking view of the city from the top of the monument, the maze is an absolute delight. Made from more than 1000 labyrinthine passages, the maze may lead you to a dead end, a surprising fall or strange entry and exit points.
    Along with such mysteries, the imambara also houses the mausoleums of
    Asaf-ud-Daula and his family. Discover the beautiful monument at your own pace, but with an authorised guide to help you. It’s quite easy to lose your way around this grand monument. Hire a guide and unravel the secrets that call out to you.

    Timing: 6 am to 5 pm

  • Chhota 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 sight to behold.
    With an astonishing history engulfing it, Chhota Imambara tells a different story. It is said that during the famine of the 19th century, the
    Nawab of Oudh decided to aid the lower strata of society and established Chhota Imambara under the Food for work program providing instant relief to the stricken.
    With a stream running through its garden, the interiors of the artistic splendor are embellished with
    Arabic calligraphy and delicate glass work. A celebratory aura surrounds the monument during the festival of Muharram. Dazzling in sheets of light, it is also called the palace of lights and rightly so.
    It would be advisable to note that non-Muslims are not allowed inside the monument.

  • Rumi Darwaza

    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.
    At a surprising 60 feet, the grand structure comprises of a
    Chatri or an umbrella that can be accessed by a stairway. One of the finest gateways built in Lucknow, it is also the inspiration for a similar gateway in IstanbuI. During the bygone Nawabi era, a huge lantern was placed on top enveloping the entire monument in pristine light. With little spurts of water surging from innumerable fountains, it was a breathtaking sight.

  • 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.
    Passing through this gorgeous tower, you can’t help but marvel at this architectural wonder. Surrounding the clock tower is a lush garden, sit here to soak in the effervescent charm the city offers.

  • Parks

    A few moments of peace and serenity await you in Lucknow. The city of parks in bestowed with lush gardens and well maintained parks. Springing up in abundance, the parks in Lucknow offer a respite from the bustling, narrow streets. From the beautiful Buddha Park where you can enjoy boating in the artificial stream and be witness to shrieking kids having a gala time on rides to the refreshing Haathi park where a late afternoon picnic is heaven, there is much to see. Take a break from your busy shopping sprees, exciting sightseeing tours and find a few precious moments of quiet and tranquility in any of these gardens.

Inch closer to your suitcases and set out on this enthralling journey. Lucknow is abundantly bestowed with architectural splendors, natural wonders and intriguing remnants of history. A memorable holiday and a captivating city await.

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