Bara Imambara

Bara Imambara stands on the busy road of old Lucknow as a grand attraction of the city. The massive Imambara (Shi’ite ceremonial hall) is a treasure of impeccable architecture, royal relics and fascinating stories. The imambara was built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daulah. The unusual labyrinth of corridors inside its upper floor make a visit here particularly special. The construction of this building was ordered by Nawab Asaf-ud-daulah to generate employment for the labours of his kingdom when a severe famine struck Awadh in 1784. The Imambara’s central and main hall is unique as it does not have any conventional pillar support for its 50 Ft. high arched roof - one of the largest of its kind in the world. The Imambara also houses a beautiful mosque known as Asafi Masjid, a large baoli (stepwell) which can be explored but do carry a torch with you. To the left of the central hall is an intriguing ‘labyrinth’ known as Bhul Bhulaiyya, an enticing narrow passageways that winds its ways inside the upper floors of the tomb’s structure, eventually leading out to rooftop balconies. The view of the city from the top of the monument is breathtaking. 

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Rumi Darwaza

Just beyond the Bara Imamabara is the unique imposing, Rumi Darwaza, a gateway to Old Lucknow is 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. The grand gate is now the symbol of Lucknow’s nawabi era. 

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Chhota Imambara

About 500 m beyond the Bara Imambara, through a second beautiful gateway, is another tomb constructed in 1832 by Mohammed Ali Shah, who is buried here alongside his mother’s grave. Adorned with calligraphy, this golden-domed building has a serene atmosphere. Mohammed’s silver throne and red crown can be seen here, as well as countless chandeliers, gold-framed mirrors and some brightly decorated Tazias. In the garden there is a water tank and two replicas of the Taj Mahal that are the tombs of Mohammed Ali Shah’s daughter and her husband. A traditional hamam is on one side. Outside the complex, there is a watchtower on the other side of the road, known as Satkhanda (Seven storey tower). However, it has only four storeys because construction was abandoned in 1840 when Mohammed Ali Shah died. 

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The Residency

The 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, the 147 – day siege of Lucknow that claimed the lives of thousands. The compound has been left as it was at the time of the final relief and the walls are pockmarked from bullets and cannon balls. The museum in the main Residency building has a scale model of the original buildings. Downstairs are the huge basement rooms where many British women and children took shelter 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 to do this duty’ according to the famous inscription on his weathered gravestone. 

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Lucknow Zoo and State Museum

The Prince of Wales Zoological Garden was established in 1921 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. The zoo is now known as Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Praani Udyan. It is home to a variety of species of exotic birds and animals like the swamp deer, golden pheasant, tiger and rhinoceros. It is a popular destination for locals as a picnic spot and gets extremely crowded during weekends. The State Museum is within the zoo and houses a collection of sculptures, artefacts, Egyptian mummie and much more.

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Shahnajaf Imambara

This white tomb mausoleum is an another monument of the city, this Imambara replicates the burial place of Hazrat Ali in Najaf, Iran. This tomb was built by Ghazi-ud-din Haider on the bank of River Gomti. Though later Ghazi-ud-din and his three wives, were buried here. The interiors of the high-ceilinged Belgian- chandelier tomb are beautifully done. The fact that it is not full of tourist makes it all the more attractive to visit. The visitors are requested to remove their shoes before entering the main hall.

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Kudia Ghat

Kudia Ghat of Gomti River in Lucknow, is one of the ancient and sacred places. It is named after Rishi Kaundilya, who had established his Ashram near the river bank in early times. This beautiful Ghat, has a cupola-covered sandstone –paved platform just off the access road leads down to a leafy strip along the riverbank. A number of people enjoy swimming here and particularly in Kartik Purnima millions of devotees come here and take a holy dip in river Gomti. The views here are impressive you can see the nearby old Iron Bridge, Hussainabad’s Imambaras. Boat ride is also available here at a reasonable rate. The Ghat is open to all from Dawn to Dusk.

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La Martiniere College

This destination is one of the finest and the largest example of European Funerary monument in the subcontinent. The college is worth a visit just to admire the exquisite architecture of the building and to learn about its history. Located on the banks of River Gomti this place was built and designed in the 19th century as the country residence of Major General Claude Martin, who was a Frenchman and worked for the British East India Company. This place incorporates the architectural features of Italian architecture, fusing them with native architectural attributes of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Martin’s tomb is also located here in an underground mausoleum. Now this place is an educational institute in the city.

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Dilkusha Kothi

Dilkusha Kothi is set amidst lush green, this place was built as a home by British resident Gore Ouseley during the rule of Saadat Ali Khan in the 19th century. This kothi is gothic style and is believed to be the exact replica of an English Country House called Seaton Delavel, built in 1721. This baroque mansion was extensively damaged in the siege of 1857. This place is perfect if you are considering for a spot of quietude, with cast-iron benches dot clean grounds and neat flower beds flank paths. The access to the ruined building is not permitted. One can visit the spot from dawn to dusk on all days, and take a part of history with you.

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Jama Masjid

The construction of Jama Masjid, towards the north-west of Hussainabad Imamabara, was started during the reign of Mohammed Ali Shah in the year 1832, but was completed after his death by his wife, Begum Malika Jahan. The place is full of beautiful Italian art which was famous during the time in Lucknow and it reflects the Mughal style of architecture. Though tourists and outsiders are not allowed to enter the mosque, this is a perfect place to admire the magnificent architecture and the mosque looks Majestic with its two minarets. Make sure to remove your shoes before entering the courtyard or complex, as it is a holy place.

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Indra Gandhi Planetarium

Indira Gandhi Planetarium building is in a unique Saturn shape with its five rings. The 21 meter diameter spherical building of the planetarium rest on platform, which is especially designed to give an idea of crater formation on celestial bodies. The platform is surrounded by water pool with fountains. It is a great place to explore and learn about the space with the small exhibit gallery where models of space mission, stations, rockets, INSATs and planets are on display. The planetarium also has a 45 minute well-presented astronomical show which is aired thrice in a day.

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Tomb of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan

This historical monument with two imposing tombs of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan and his wife Khurshid Zadi, stand near the historical Begum Hazrat Mahal Park. The tomb is beautifully built with special bricks known as Lakhuri Bricks and Chuman (special lime mortar). Inside the tomb is a hall with rectangular verandahs over the four sides that carry arched doorways. The verandahs over the southern and eastern sides have graves of the daughters and wives of Saadat Ali Khan. This tomb also has a big hemispherical kind of dome, which is fluted with narrow and regular types of ribbings. The interesting feature of this dome is its symmetrical shape. This is a perfect picnic destination with a park surrounding the Tomb.

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Baradari Qaiserbagh

The construction of this place was started in 1848 by the last emperor Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and was completed in 1850. The buildings on three sides of the Qaiserbagh quadrangle, once provided quarters for the ladies of royal harem. The compound of the complex was once enclosed with gardens, fountains, mosques, palaces, harems and courtyard. The baradari which means twelve doors is an elegant nawabi-style pavilion, which together with gardens is an essential feature of architecture in Lucknow. The Qaiserbagh Baradari, square in plan, stands in the middle of the palace complex, and contains a number of colonnaded halls of varying sizes. In the centre stands the white Baradari, a grand white stone edifice which was earlier done in silver. The structure also has two Lakkhi gates and former royal residences, now privately held. This is a best place to have a walk down the history of Nawabi era.

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Begum Hazrat Mahal Park

This is a beautiful park located in the heart of the city, named after the courageous Begum Hazrat Mahal, the park is made in the memory of the beautiful wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. The marble memorial in between the lush green garden was constructed by the Indian government to commemorate her contribution to the 1857 revolt. A marble tablet with four round brass plaques bearing coat of arms of Awadh royal family has been installed. The Begum Hazrat Mahal Park was once a Rally ground used for Dusshera and other celebrations. Today, this park is one of the most spectacular gardens in the Hazratganj area. The serenity of the place and the greenery around attracts a large number of visitors who come here and spend some quality time.

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Sikandar Bagh

Sikandar Bagh derives its name from one of the begums of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, Sikandar Mahal formerly known by the British as Sikunder/Sikandra/Secundra Bagh. Spread over 120 square yards it is surrounded by a high wall and has a summer house in its centre. The place had also been associated with the war of independence activities, the importance of the site, where the fiercest of the battles of the 1857 conflict took place on November 16, which left nearly two to three thousand of the Indian freedom fighters died fighting against the English and Sikh troops of the British East India Company. 

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Janeshwar Mishra Park

Janeshwar Mishra Park is an urban park operating in Gomti Nagar. It was made in memory of late politician Janeshwar Mishra. This Park is an eco-friendly place situated in the heart of the city. It has designed and conceptualized as a multifunctional environment and also recreational greenery. The park was inaugurated for general public of the city on 5 August 2014. It is one of the largest parks of Asia. The park is open from Sunrise to Sunset on all days.

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Sewa Chikan Lucknow

Sewa is an acronym for Self Employed Women’s Association. It is the biggest name in Chikankari locally and owned by Dr. Runa Banerjee. Established in 1979, it has helped promote the art itself and has also helped in supporting the families of women associated with the business. They have some of the best Chikankari work available at their shop.

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Shri SS Chikan Industry

The Chowk and Aminabad area in Lucknow are Famous for chikan work at the best prices. One such place is the family-run Shri SS Chikan, one of the many wholesalers in the area. You’ll find everything—lehengas, anarkalis, unstitched suits, bedsheets and linens. The have a beautiful collection.

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Ghadbad Jhala

A small bazaar inside a bigger Bazaar in Aminabad. A place where you will find almost all shops selling similar things, like jewellery, colourful items, vibrant bangles and so on. One can find craft related items and small things here to make traditional clothing flashier. This place has an old timey charm. It remains open from 11AM to 8PM in the night and Thursdays it is closed.  

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Nazrana

A reputable shop in the Hazratganj area of Lucknow known for its range and styles of chikan. Nazrana has various shops in the same area of the city. One can buy Sarees, Kurtas, kurtis, sherwanis and more. Nazarana caters to all kinds of budgets.

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