Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, is widely known for its Nawabs and Kebabs. It is famous for its culture, architecture, music, poetry and mouth-watering food. The Lucknow origin embroidery ‘chikan karri’ is also worldwide famous. Moreover, the infamous Kakori train robbery case of 1925 is also linked with this city. Here are the top things that you should do in Lucknow visit.
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The Bara Imambara is the iconic structure of Lucknow that was built by Asaf-ud-Daula (the fourth Nawab of Awadh), in the year 1784. This monument is completely devoid of any European elements. Being a part of Bara Imambara complex, another building contains a mosque, several courtyards and gateways, and a ‘baoli’ or step-well. It is said that the central hall of Bara Imambara is the largest arched hall in the world which is about 15 meters tall. This monument is also known for its labriynth or ‘Bhulbhaliya’. Their passages are inter-connected with 489 identical doorways, so every novice here gets confused in reaching the top. After reaching the top of the monument, you can witness the captivating panoramic view of the city.
Opening hours: 9 AM – 5 PM
Entry Tickets: Indians – INR 50, Foreigners – INR 500
Lucknow Zoo is also called as Lucknow Prani Udyan or Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan. It was earlier named Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens in British Era. Spread over 71.6 acres of area, this zoo is located in the heart of the city. This zoological garden is home to 447 mammals, 348 birds and 57 reptiles. Among these species, you can witness 97 different species of wild animals. Royal Bengal tigers, white tigers, lions, wolves Hoolock gibbons, Himalayan black bears, Indian rhinoceros are some of the popular creatures among visitors. Apart from animals, you can witness different species of birds also like Great Pied Hornbill, golden pheasants, white pheasants, etc. There is a toy train also inside the zoo for family entertainment.
Opening hours: 8 AM – 6 PM
Entry Tickets: INR 60 (without Bal Train and Battery operated vehicle), INR 100 (with Bal Train and Battery operated vehicle)
As the name suggests, Residency was the residence complex for the Britishers in their period. About 3000 British inhabitants resided here as a refuge during the first revolt of 1857 for Indian independence. The marks of bullets, cannon balls are still here in this complex. There are around 2000 graves of British soldiers who lost their lives during the struggle. There is a museum in the main Residency building which every visitor must visit.
Opening hours: 7 AM – 6 PM
Entry Tickets: INR 5 (for Indians), INR 100 (for foreigners)
This is one of the finest architectures in India. Built in the year 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula, this structure was built to overcome the brutal famine at that period. The gateway of Rumi Darwaza stands 60 feet tall and was modeled on the basis of gateway styles of Constantinople (now Istanbul). At the top of the building, one can see a tower space that was earlier used to light up a lantern in the night.
The major shopping destination in Lucknow is the Hazratganj market. This market was established by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1810. This market is named after Hazrat Ali who was the fourth caliph. One can find here many shops, local streets, and even malls. The traditional white chikan (a type of embroidery) is widely liked by visitors here.
What to eat
Mughal and Awadhi cuisines originated from Lucknow only. While in Lucknow, you can try Kachori with Makhan Malai as your breakfast meal. Later on, you must try ‘Tunde ke Kebab‘ which you will really like. The chaat at the Jain Chaatwala is quite famous which you must try to complete your evening. At last, you can visit Dastarkhwan for traditional Awadhi biryani.