About Lucknow

The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow has long been a seat of administration and culture. Second only to Delhi in importance in the region, and the seventh largest city in India, Lucknow is easily accessible from all major cities in the country. Its literacy rate is much higher than what it is in the rest of the state too. All this has ensured its prominence as a centre of business and industry, education and research as well as tourism.

Lucknow Bara Imambara

Lucknow’s period charm, together with lingering traces of its famed courtly etiquette, sets it apart from other cities in India. No wonder films such as Umrao Jaan, Shatranj ke Khiladi and Junoon, which showcased the city’s history and culture, left their mark on Indian cinema.

Lucknow, today, is an amalgam of the ancient and the modern, both existing side by side to give special flavour to the city. Along with the latest in aerospace technology, handicrafts occupy their own niche; if the craze for cricket has spread across society, traditional wrestling retains its own fan following; and modern monuments vie for attention with the city’s more historic landmarks.

A Brief History of Lucknow

Vibrant and cosmopolitan Lucknow earned fame as the seat of the Nawabs of Awadh in 18th century. Its history and heritage, however, goes back much further. The city is believed to have been founded by Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, who gave his name to it. As Lucknow grew it came under the rule of various kingdoms including the Delhi Sultans and the Mughals. The city finally came into its own in the 18th and 19th centuries as the capital of the Nawabs of Awadh, who were feudatories of Mughals. They lavished such attention on it that it came to be known as the “Golden City” and “Constantinople of the East”. The disintegration of the Mughal Empire made Awadh a kingdom in its own right.

The rise of the East India Company in India ushered in a new era which saw the fall of Awadh and the state being annexed to British India in 1856. The last Nawab, Wajid Ali Shah, was exiled to Kolkatta. The next year, Lucknow emerged as one of the main centres of the Revolt of 1857. In the fierce fighting that ensued much of the historic city was battered. The British regained control of Luknow and it later became the capital of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. Lucknow continued to play an important role and after independence was named capital of the new state of Uttar Pradesh.

Geography of Lucknow


Lucknow Travel MapLocated at an elevation of 128 metres (420 feet) in the heart of the Gangetic Plain, Lucknow is bordered by the districts of Raebareli, Unnao and Barabanki. It lies in a fertile agricultural belt that is also the location of many industries. Special varieties of mangoes are cultivated all around Lucknow in addition to a variety of regular crops.

Climate of Lucknow

The climate of Lucknow is extreme subtropical with hot summers and cold winters with temperatures reaching a high of 40.5° C in May and a low of 6.9° C in January. It rains from mid-June to mid-September with the average rainfall being 896.2 mm (35.28 in).

Lucknow Tourism

An historic city such as Lucknow can be expected to be littered with monuments and buildings. While many important building were destroyed and many more are past their best days, many remains reflect the city’s glory. Lucknow’s social and cultural milieu is such that history, art and culture are part of its everyday fabric and visitors can find many things that interest them.  Places of interest around Lucknow include Allahabad, Kanpur, Benaras, Faizabad, Ayodhya, Sravasti, Nawabganj and Dudhwa National Park.

Major Tourist Attractions of Lucknow

Lucknow Bara Imambara

Situated on the banks of the Gomti, a tributary of River Ganga, the main allure of the “City of Nawabs” lies in its splendid monuments, music, dance and food. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the Bara Imambara, experiencing a ghazal night or kathak performance or eating delicious kababs on its streets.

The other tourist places in Lucknow include:
  • Chhota Imambara
  • La Martinière
  • Rumi Darwaza
  • Hussainabad Imambara
  • Shah Najaf Imambara
  • The Residency
  • Chattar Manzil
  • Jama Masjid
  • Moti Mahal
  • Safed Baradari
  • Shahi Baoli
  • Clock Tower
  • Ambedkar Memorial
  • Lakshman Tila
  • Lucknow Zoo
  • Kukrail Dam

Shopping in Lucknow


About Shopping in Lucknow

Lucknow is popular for its textiles, perfumes and handicrafts, much of it available in the city’s old bazaars. The famous chikankari work can be seen all over the city especially in the bazaars of Hazratganj, Aminabad and Chowk. Ittar shops can also be found here. Shopaholics can also explore the areas of Yahiyaganj, Kapoorthala, Janpath and Bhootnath. Modern shopping malls have also come up in Gomti Nagar, Alambagh and Shanajaf Road.

Festivals in Lucknow


Lucknow has a cosmopolitan population with people from across North India and other parts of the country. Many festivals including Makar Sankranti, Holi, Basant Panchami, Ram Navami, Teej, Raksha Bandhan, Id-ul-Fitr, Dusshera, Id-ul-Zuha, Karva Chauth, Diwali, Bhaiya Dhooj, Muharram and Christmas are celebrated here. Lucknow Mahotsav held during November-December showcases the city’s culture with literature, music, dance and food.

Food in Lucknow


Lucknow Cuisine

Lucknow is a gastronomic paradise. Developed over centuries, cooking has acquired the level of a fine art here. The dum style of cooking was invented in the city during the days of the nawabs. From the humble street corner stall to five-star establishments, a variety of delicious dishes satisfy the most fastidious palates. These include kababs, kormas, nahari, kaliya and paya to be relished with a range of breads including kulchas, zarda, sheermal, roomali roti and warqi paratha. Biryani is cooked in the unique Awadhi style. A variety of other dishes, chaats and sweets cater to different tastes. Visitors can savour all these traditional delicacies in the heart of the city.

How to Reach Lucknow


Lucknow is easily accessible by road, rail and air. NH 24 leads to Delhi while NH 56, NH 25 and NH 28 lead to Varanasi, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar respectively. Lucknow is linked by rail to all major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad and Jaipur. Lucknow International Airport is located at Amausi, 14 km from the city, and has regular flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Bangalore, Patna, Hyderabad, Pune and Goa as well international destinations such as Dubai and Muscat.

Quick Facts about Lucknow


Government in Lucknow
Mayor–Council
Area
Metropolis - 689.1 km2 (266.1 sq mi)
Elevation - 128 m (420 ft)
Population as per the 2011 Census
Metropolis - 4,801,474
Rank – 7th
Density - 4,218/km2 (10,920/sq mi)
Metro - 4,801,474
Metro rank – 7th
Demonym
Luknowi (in Hindi/Urdu ) or Lucknowite (in English)
Time zone - IST
Postal Index Number -  226 0xx
Lucknow STD Code - 0522
Official languages – Hindi & Urdu

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    Ansh kumar from Lucknow 266 Days ago

    Sir Tedi Puliya se budhheswar ka route no aur time kya hai

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    MAHENDRA KUMAR from MUMBAI 442 Days ago

    I AM A STUDENT ,AND HAVE TASK TO WRITE SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT THE LUCKNOW CITY

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    Shruti from Ghaziabad 1157 Days ago

    I am a student, and have a task to write something interesting about the Lucknow city. Above article provides me a great information. can anyone gives me some more suggestions about the city of Nawabs?

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    diyafrom pune 1157 Days ago

    @ Shruti, Lucknow is a vibrant city. In your article, you may elaborate more on its street food and local delicacies as a food lover's guide and also you may write about its famous shopping destinations, particularly highlighting its exquisite "Chikan" work and authentic Lucknow's jewelry!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!

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    Mahek from Lucknow 1157 Days ago

    Above article is a great help for me as i am too a student and have to write something about lucknow....But I need a little more information...

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh from Lucknow 1173 Days ago

    Lucknow is best city like Tameez aur Tahzeeb dono se.it's capital of up so it will also important & best for everyone.

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh Bara Imam baraa Lucknow from lucknow 1175 Days ago

    "Saurabhsulabh Singh" ( guider ) Bara Imambara informationLocationLucknow,IndiaAddressHussainabad Trust RdPricesIndian/foreigner₹50/500Opening hours6am 6:30pmSomething wrong?Submit a correctionThis colossal imambara(tomb dedicated to a Shiite holy man) is worth seeing in its ownright, but the highly unusual labyrinth of corridors inside its upper floors make a visit here particularly special. The ticket priceincludes entrance to Chota Imambara , the clock tower and the baradari (summer palace), all walking distance from here.The complex is accessed through two enormous gateways which lead into a huge courtyard. On one side is an attractive mosque, on the other a large baori (step well) which can be explored. Bring a torch (flashlight). At the far end of the courtyard is the huge central hall, one of the world’s largest vaulted galleries. Tazias (small replicas of Imam Hussain’s tomb in Karbala, Iraq) are stored inside and are paraded around duringthe Shiite mourning ceremony of Muharram.But it’s what is beyond the small entrance – intriguingly marked ‘labyrinth’ – to the left of the central hall, thatsteals the show. It leads to the Bhulbhulaiya , an enticing network of narrow passageways that winds its way inside the upper floorsof the tomb’s structure, eventually leading out to rooftop balconies. As with the step well, it’s handy to have a torch.Just beyond the Bara Imambara is the unusual but imposing gateway Rumi Darwaza, said to be a copy of an entrance gate in Istanbul. ‘Rumi’ (relating to Rome) is the term Muslims applied to Istanbul when it was still Byzantium, the capital of the Eastern Roman empire. Over the road is the beautiful white mosque Tila Wali Masjid , a deceptively shallow building built in 1680. The interior isrepainted periodically over the original designs.If you are a heterosexual couple, you will be required topay for a guide (₹100) to prevent any hanky panky in the labyrinth (yes, we're serious).

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh Residency lucknow from Lucknow 1175 Days ago

    ''Saurabhsulabh Singh'' (guider)Residency informationLocationLucknow,IndiaPricesIndian/foreigner₹5/100, video ₹25Opening hoursdawn duskSubmit a correctionThe large collection of gardens and ruins that makes up the Residency offers a fascinating historical glimpse of the beginning of the end for the British Raj. Built in 1800, the Residency became the stage for the most dramatic events of the 1857 First War of Independence (Indian Uprising), the Siege of Lucknow, a 147 day siege that claimed the lives of thousands.The compound has been left as it was at the time of the final relief and the walls arestill pockmarked from bullets and cannon balls.The focus is the well designed museum(open 8am to 4.30pm) in the main Residency building, which includes a scale model of the original buildings. Downstairs are the huge basementrooms where many of the British women and children lived throughout the siege.The cemetery around the ruined St Mary’s church is where 2000 of the defenders were buried, including their leader, Sir Henry Lawrence, ‘who tried todo his duty’ according to the famous inscription on his weathered gravestone. by Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh ChotaimamBara lucknow from lucknow 1175 Days ago

    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(Guider)Chota Imambara lucknow India informationAddress: Hussainabad Trust RdPricesIndian/foreigner₹20/200, admission free with Bara Imambara ticketOpening hours6:30am 8pmThis elaborate tomb was constructed by Mohammed Ali Shah (who is buried here, alongside his mother) in 1832. Adorned with calligraphy, it has a serene and intimate atmosphere. Mohammed’s silver throne and red crown can be seen here, as well as countless chandeliers and some brightly decorated tazias .In the garden is a water tank and two replicas of the Taj Mahal that are the tombs of Mohammed Ali Shah’s daughter andher husband. A traditional hammam is off to one side.Outside the complex, the decaying watchtower on the other side of the road is known as Satkhanda .It has only four storeysbecause construction was abandoned in 1840when Mohammed Ali Shah died.The 67m red brick clock tower , the tallestin India, was built in the 1880s. Nearby is the Hussainabad Picture Gallery , a striking red brick baradari (pavilion) builtin 1842 that was once aroyal summer house. It overlooks an artificial lake and houses portraits of the nawabs.by : Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh Satkhanda lucknow from lucknow 1175 Days ago

    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider)Satkhanda information LucknowIndiaAddress: Hussainabad Trust RDThis decaying watchtower looks like amedieval painting of the Tower of Babel. Known as Satkhanda, it actually has only four storeys because construction was abandoned in 1840 when Mohammed Ali Shah died.The 67m red brick clock tower, reputedly the tallest in India, wasbuilt in the 1880s in memory of Sir George Couper, a reform minded Governor of UP (United Provinces in those days).Nearby is a baradari (summer palace), which overlooks an artificial lake and houses large portraits and photos of the nawabs of Avadh.by: Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh La Mart school lko from lucknow 1175 Days ago

    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider)La Martinière School info.,Lucknow,IndiaAddress: La Martiniere MargTelephone+91 0522 2223863This prestigious boarding school – where timeless British pop legend Sir Cliff Richard once studied – was designed and built by the Frenchman Major General Claude Martin as a palatial home. In 1800 it became his tomb – he is buried in the basement at the bottom of a blue washed spiral staircase. The eccentricfacade is part Roman archways, part Gothic horror movie, and partDisneyland style castle with a jumble of turrets and gargoyles piled merrily atop a long line of Corinthian columns.By: Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider).Rumi Darwaza(gate) info.Lucknow,IndiaAddress: Hussainabad Trust Rdthe Bara Imambara, the Rumi Darwaza was built in the 1780s by Nawab Asaf ud Daula. It's unusual but imposing, and said to be a copy of an entrance gate in Istanbul. 'Rumi' (relating to Rome) is the term Muslims applied to Istanbul when it was still Byzantium, the capital of the Eastern Roman empire.By : Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh state museum lko from lucknow 1175 Days ago

    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider).State Museum info.,LucknowIndiaAddress: Park Road Lucknow ZooTelephone: +91 0522 2206158Prices: Indian/foreignerRs5/50, camera Rs20Opening sun Enter through the zoo. Lucknow’s fine State Museum houses sculptural masterpieces dating back to the 3rd centuryAD, including intricately carved Mathura sculptures ranging from dancing girls to scenes from the life of Buddha.By : Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh Husainabadpicturegallary from lucknow 1175 Days ago

    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider).Hussainabad Picture Gallery info.Lucknow IndiaPrices: Indian/foreigner₹20/200, admission free with Bara Imambara ticketOpening hours7am 6.30pmThe Hussainabad Picture Gallery is a striking red brick baradari (pavilion) builtin 1842 that was once aroyal summer house. It overlooks an artificial lake and houses portraits of the nawabs.By: Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh LKO lko from Lucknow 1175 Days ago

    'Lucknow' the city of nawab.Everyone welcomes you in lucknow.

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    'Lucknow' the city of nawab.Everyone welcomes you in lucknow.

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    Tila Wali Masjid informationLocationLucknow,IndiaSomething wrong?Submit a correctionOver the road is the beautiful white mosque Tila Wali Masjid , a deceptively shallow building built in 1680. The interior isrepainted periodically over the original designs.

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    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider)Tila Wali Masjid info.Lucknow,India.Over the road is the beautiful white mosque Tila Wali Masjid , a deceptively shallow building built in 1680. The interior isrepainted periodically over the original designs.By: Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh Tilawali masjid lko from lucknow 1175 Days ago

    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider)Tila Wali Masjid info.Lucknow,India.Over the road is the beautiful white mosque Tila Wali Masjid , a deceptively shallow building built in 1680. The interior isrepainted periodically over the original designs.By: Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider)Tila Wali Masjid info.Lucknow,India.Over the road is the beautiful white mosque Tila Wali Masjid , a deceptively shallow building built in 1680. The interior isrepainted periodically over the original designs.By: Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    Saurabhsulabh Singh lucknow zoo info from lucknow 1175 Days ago

    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(Guider) Zoo info. Lucknow,India.Address: Park RdTelephone: +91 0522 2239588Prices: admission Rs15Opening hours8.30am 6pm Tue Sun.The large, shady zoo is somewhat depressing, with animals pacing up and down in their small enclosures, but you must enter it if you want to visit Lucknow’s fine State Museum .added By: Saurabhsulabh Singh

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    "Saurabhsulabh Singh"(guider) Christchurch info.,Lucknow,India.Built in 1860, Christ Church was built as a memorial to the dead of the Mutiny. Clock Tower info.,Lucknow,India.Prices: admission free with Bara Imambara ticketOpening hoursdawn duskThe 67m red brick clock tower , the tallestin India, was built in the 1880s.

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    Ankur from Loni 1481 Days ago

    in july month i am coming to lucknow city, can you suggest me a budget hotel near civil lines area?

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    lucknowonline.in Expertfrom 1160 Days ago

    Go through the page to find budget hotels in Lucknow.
    http://www.lucknowonline.in/city-guide/budget-hotels-in-lucknow

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