Lucknow Tour

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Lucknow, India

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Lucknow which is known as the “Golden city of the east” is now a capital of Uttar Pradesh – one of the most populated states of India. The river Gomti is flowing in Lucknow which divides Lucknow into two parts. The city is still popularly called the city of Nawabs and Kababs because Nawabs ruled the city.

Lucknow is a city which offers plenty of places famous for their rich monument heritage and sights. Though it is rapidly modernizing, but still tourist can experience city’s glorious past by visiting the havelis and monuments which are still well preserved and well maintain.

All the credit goes to Asaf-Ud-Daula (the Nawab of Lucknow in 1784) who decided to transform Lucknow into a city of spectacular monuments so that people can remember him even after his death for the work regarding city’s development done by Nawab. Mughlai cuisine is very very famous in Lucknow.

Moreover there is a long list of festivals which is celebrated in Lucknow and some of the festivals are; Kite flying festival held every year after Diwali Festival – festival of lights and crackers which draws attention of thousand of tourist to the city.

The city is also known for its schools of Indian classical music (gharanas), jewellery, chikan (embroidered cotton), as well as its bidri (silver inlay work) ware and zardozi (silver or gold thread woven into cotton or silk).

Lucknow is also known for various famous shopping centre like Hazratganj, Aminabad and Chowk. Every year in the month of November and December, A 10-day music, dance, and drama festival is held in Lucknow.

Major Tourist Attractions in Lucknow: Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, British Residency Lucknow, Chattar Manzil, Jama Masjid, Rumi Darwaza, Moti Mahal etc.
Bara Imambara, Lucknow
Bara Imambara was very impressive monument of its time because the conception used the architecture was so original having no influence of any structure or design.

It was built in the year 1784 by the Asaf-ud-Daula, the forth Nawab of Awadh who was also an inveterate builder of the monuments. The main characteristic of the monument design is its interior structure which once boasted the largest vaulted hall in the world, with a 50 feet high roof, spanning an area of 162 feet and a height 53 feet in the absence of a single beam.
Chota Imambara, Lucknow
Chota Imambara also known as Hussainabad Imambara is a landmark of Lucknow and major tourist attraction located in the Old City area close to Chowk. Mohammed Ali Shah constructed Chota Imambara in the year 1837. The design of the building is based on Charbagh Patterns with a stream of water running throughout the middle of the garden. The walls of the monument are decorated with Arabic calligraphy with excellent carved work and interior of the monument are decorated with chandeliers brought especially from Belgium, mirrors with gold frame which makes the monument a worth seeing site.

The tomb (Grave) of Mohammed Ali Shah, his mother and other members of the family is located inside the Imambara itself. During the Moharrum festival, the whole monument was decorated so beautifully that it gives royal look in the evening when thousand of light bulbs bordered the whole monument illuminated.
British Residency Lucknow, Lucknow
The British Residency of Lucknow is a famous historical landmark of this place. It is now in ruins state and has been declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.

British Residency is a group of buildings which was built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1800 A.D. It was constructed as a residence of British General who was a representative of Nawab’s court. There was many sequence of dramatic events happened in 1857 which put Lucknow on the world map.

The year saw the Sepoy Mutiny, which is referred as 'The First War of Indian Independence'. The palace serves as a residence of 3500 Europeans people during the siege.
Chattar Manzil, Lucknow
Chattar Manzil is the one of the well known tourist destination in Lucknow built by the Nawabs of Lucknow. The most unique thing is its different architecture which makes it different from other monuments. Its name was derived from its Umbrella-Shaped dome which is the most prominent feature of the grand structure.

The construction of the Chattar Manzil was started by Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haider but he never completed in his life time. The construction was again restarted and completed by his son Nasir-ud-din Haider. Today it serves as an office of Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI).
Jama Masjid, Lucknow
Jama Masjid also known as Jami Masjid was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 15 century and is counted as one of the most beautiful mosques of India. The whole mosque was made up of yellow sand stone and is known for its architecture and intricate style of design.

The structure is a complete fusion of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is located in the heart of the city and every day thousands of Muslim devotes comes here to offer prayers. The mosque has been well preserved by concerned authorities and still one can say that Jami Masjid a architectural wonder.
Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow
The Rumi Darwaza or the Turkish gate is a fine example of architectural style of Awadh and the most impressive structure in India which was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in the 18 century.

On both sides of the gate, are beautiful ornamental designs, radiating at the base and meeting at the top.
Moti Mahal, Lucknow
Moti Mahal also known as Palace of pearls is located on the edge of river Gompti which provides a spectacular view of whole city. It was built by Saadat Ali Khan where Nawabs spend some leisure time and it was also used to view birds in flight and animals.

The concern authority has preserved the Moti Mahal very well till date that even its charm and beauty is still same.
Famous Excursions from Lucknow
Faizabad City
Faizabad is situated at a distance of 125 Kms from Lucknow and 6 kms from Ayodhya where one of the most popular incarnations of Lord Vishnu and the hero of the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram, was born. It innumerable temples all over the town.

It is a very important place on the tourist map because Ayodhya located 6 kms to its west is the most important and sacred place for the Hindus. All the tourist and the people comes to Faizabad because it offers very good hotels for night stay and other reason is that, it is very near to Ayodhya. The major tourist attraction in Faizabad is Fort Calcutta, the Mausoleum of Bahu Begum and Gulab Bari.

Kanpur City
Kanpur is a modern industrial city of Uttar Pradesh which offers plenty of historical monuments and sights to visit. It is situated at a distance of 77 km from Lucknow on the right bank of river Ganga and is the largest city of Uttar Pradesh.

Some of the major industries are (leather manufacture and commerce), Textiles (woollen and cotton), flour, sugar and chemicals. The major tourist attractions are General Wheeler’s entrenchment, All Souls’ Memorial Church, Sati Chaura Ghat, Military Cemetery, King Edward Memorial Hall and Christ Church.
Best Time to Visit in Lucknow
October to March is the best time to visit because the weather is quit cool between this months and it is a peak season to travel Lucknow.
How to reach Lucknow?
By Air - There are daily flights from Delhi, Bombay and Kolkata. Amausi Airport, Lucknow is directly connected with Delhi, Patna, Kolkata, Bombay and Varanasi by direct flights.

By Rail - Lucknow is on the New Delhi - Varanasi railway route. Connections can be made to Agra and Allahabad. A major railway junction, Lucknow is conveniently connected to many cities.

By Road - Lucknow is connected by road with all the major cities of the country. Some of the major road distances are : Agra - 363 km, Allahabad - 210 km, Ayodhya - 135 km, Kolkata - 985 km, Corbett National Park - 400 km, Delhi - 497 km, Dudhwa National Park - 238 km, Kanpur - 79 km, Khajuraho - 320 km, Varanasi - 650 km. The Bus Stations are situated at Charbagh, Alambagh, and Kaisar Bagh.
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