Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh is now on its path of becoming a major metropolitan city of India. This beautiful city is the epitome of the Shia culture. Lucknow is also famous as “The Nawab City” which means the city of royal people. The people of this city are known for their hospitality, mannerism and unique salutation style. Many great poets and traditional dancers came from this city. Hand-made handicrafts, traditional garments and fabric industry are some of the cultural backbone of this city which makes Lucknow tourism to be best among tourism industry. There are many old monuments and heritages you will find in this city viz. Imambara, Sankat Mochan Temple and Rumi Darwaza. You will get to know more about the city through Lucknow travel guide that stores all the information in it. The tradition and culture of this city magnetize people who visit this city. You can easily find good hotels with the help of Lucknow travel guide as well. Lucknow is a major educational, commercial, IT hub and research. This city also has Asia’s first DNA bank which is located in Biotech park, which has DNA identification system ranked second worldwide for its work. Apart from the delightful architecture, the city is popular for its delicious “Awadhi cuisine”, mouth melting kebabs and much more. In the following write-up, we have mentioned useful tips for you to explore the City of Nawabs- Lucknow at its best.
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Shah Najaf Imambara
Shah Najaf Imambara is basically a white-domed structure that is located close to the Chariton Hotel in Lucknow. It is situated on the right bank of River Gomti. This structure was built by Nawab Ghazi-ud-Din Haider as his tomb. In this mausoleum, remains of Ghazi-ud-din Haider and his wives are buried.
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park
Spread over an area of the 76 acres, the park was developed by the Lucknow Development Authority in memory of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia – a great socialist. The park has 4 courtyards with ample space for parking. There are other attractions in the park, including Amphitheatre, Flower Garden, Fish/Duck Pond and a Lake Area.
Officially Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens, Lucknow Zoo was founded in the year 1921 to honor the visit of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. The zoo is home to a great number of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. A British-era vintage train is the added attraction of this zoo and a toy train also offers a happy journey to the visitors coming here.
It used to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the whole India, which is also known as Jami Masjid. The mosque was built in the year 1423 and the architecture of this mosque is just superb. Its architecture blends Hindu and Muslim art in an eye-catching manner. The intricate design and pattern of the interiors of the mosque suggest the classy architectural understanding in that time.
The credit of the construction of Kaiserbagh Palace goes to Wajid Ali Shah. It is a paradise garden, which is notable for its architectural marvel. Some parts of the palace have been damaged due to the attack of the British. With wonderful columns, balusters, Hindu umbrellas, Moorish minarets, lamps and other adorning, the look of the palace is enhanced.
Top Places to Visit in Lucknow
Lucknow is the city of Nawabs, which has numerous tourist attractions for exploring. It is also famous for its extraordinary culture and culinary delights. On your trip to Lucknow, you can come across a number of food-joints & places for gossiping. Let’s explore some of the popular tourist attractions in Lucknow: -
This historic monument was constructed by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in the year 1784. Rumi Darwaza is a gigantic colossal and ornate gateway, which is said to be an imitation of the entrance gate in Constantinople. An interesting story behind the construction of it is that the Nawab wanted to offer opportunities for people during the frightful food crisis during that year. This imposing monument has a very beautiful architecture.
Hussainabad (Chota) Imambara
Situated near to the Rumi Darwaza, the Hussainabad (Chota) Imambara was built by Mohammed Ali Shah in the year 1832. This monument is home to Shah’s along with his mother’s tomb. This historic building has white dome, various turrets and minarets. The walls of the tombs are decorated with verses in Arabic. Charming chandeliers, colorful stucco, gilded mirrors, replicas of the tombs at Karbala or ornate Tazia as well as the King's throne are some of the features of this Imambara.
Popularly called “the Bara Imambara”, is a huge tomb which was constructed by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in the year 1784. This colossal mausoleum is some of the architectural wonders adding up to the beauty of the city of Lucknow. The magnificent Asafi mosque is another major highlight of this tomb complex.
One of the most imposing structures built by the then Nawabs of Lucknow, Chattar Manzil is a very popular tourist attraction of the city. The most unique feature of this monument is its remarkably different architecture.
A modern as well as renowned tourist attraction in Lucknow is ‘Ambedkar Memorial’ or ‘the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal’. It is a park which spans over an area of 107 acres in Gomti Nagar. It is a memorial, which is built in the memory of great freedom fighter and social reformer, ‘Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’. This huge memorial simply comes alive during night, when the whole campus is illuminated with beautiful lighting.
The Residency, popularly known as ‘the British Residency & Residency Complex’, is a group of a number of buildings in a common region. Presently, the Residency exists in ruins and situated in the heart of the city, quite close to various other monuments such as Shaheed Smarak, High Court Building and Tehri Kothi.
Sikandar Bagh is built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1800. It is a villa and garden enclosed by a fortified wall and is named after Nawab’s beloved wife, Sikandara Mahal Begum. Spread over an area 4.5 acres of land, the site is now home to the National Botanical Research Institute.
Clock Tower is one of the finest examples of British architecture in India. It was built in 1887 by Hussainabad Endowment Trust. This tower is situated close to the Rumi Darwaza. It is 67 meters high and located on the banks of River Gomti. It is said to be the tallest tower in India.
Also known as Lucknow Museum, it is a modern 3-storied building at Banarasi Bagh area of the city. It is a must visit attraction in Lucknow, which attracts a number of travelers. The museum has special galleries for anthropological specimens, bronzes, coins, sculptures, paintings, natural history, textiles and ornamental arts.