The Capital town of Uttar Pradesh and sometimes represented as the ‘City of Nawabs’, Lucknow is one among the foremost pristine and multicultural holidaymaker destinations of India. The town primarily flourished during the eighteenth and also the nineteenth centuries as a artistic and cultural center of India under the reign of the Nawabs of Awadh. The city is also the second largest city of North India and the 11th largest city in the country. The town contains numerous architectural wonders, historical monuments, cuisines and may be a cultural hub in itself. Here’s the list of best places to visit in Lucknow.
The name refers to a shrine built by the Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in 1784, and is one among the most important buildings in Lucknow. The name‘Bara Imambara’ is an Urdu word, whereby the word ‘Bara’ means big and ‘Imambara’ means the shrine complex.
The complex includes the Asfi masjid and also the Bhulbhulaiya or the Labyrinth. The Asfi masjid contains the tomb of Asaf-ud-daula, and also the labyrinth is the only maze in India and supports the massive structure of the whole complex from the underground.
Another congregation complex of the Shia Muslim sect, The Chota Imambara was built in 1838 by Nawab Muhammad Shah Ali. The complex also serves as the tomb for the Nawab who is buried there alongside his mother. Right outside the complex also lays the 4 storied Satkhanda, an unfinished watchtower or observatory which was supposed to have 7 stories. The Nawab wanted to make a tower as tall as the Qutab Minar and is like the Leaning Tower of Pisa in design.
British Residency is regarded as a National Monument and is one of the major sites of the Revolt of 1857 and the historic battle known as the Seige of Lucknow. The site was the residence of the British Resident General which was stormed during the battle. The structure though in ruins after the battle has still been preserved till date with the bullet grazed walls and is surrounded by gardens which attract a great number of tourist crowd.
Lucknow Zoo is additionally referred to as The Prince of Wales Zoological Park and is spread across an area of 71.6 acres of land. The zoo was built in 1921 to welcome the arrival of the Prince of Wales and contains many species of birds, animals and reptiles. The zoo is famous for breeding and housing endangered species like the White Tiger, Indian Wolf and Hog Deer etc.
Want to go on a shopping spree? Hazratganj is the answer for you. The traditional Indian bazaars of Hazratganj contains several shops that sell items ranging from jewelry, handicrafts, handloom, electronics, automobiles and contains various shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters and a library.
The site formerly called the Constantia House is currently housed by the La Martiniere College. The building is found on a terraced location that was a lake at some point. The architecture is mixed style that mixes numerous techniques of Italian architecture. The college is one of the only educational institutions to receive a battle honor due to its role during the Seige of Lucknow.
Harboring over a 100,000 antiquities the Lucknow State Museum is the oldest and also the largest museum in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The oldest of antiques date back to the Gupta period along with a vast range of different artifacts, pottery, tools and weapons, manuscripts etc.