Lucknow, popularly known as “The City of Nawabs” is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India. Lucknow is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow is considered to be the multicultural city that flourishes North Indian cultural and is also an artistic hub. Hindi and Urdu are the two common languages spoken in the city. Lucknow has the highest Shia Muslim population in India. Lucknow, along with Varanasi and Agra, is in the U.P Heritage Arc, a chain of survey triangulations created by the Government of Uttar Pradesh to boost tourism in the state. Lucknow is also known for its Dasheri Mangoes, which are exported to many countries. Lucknow is ranked “India’s Second Happiest City” in a survey conducted by one of the leading researchers in India, IMRB International, after Chandigarh. Lucknowites are known for their “Tehzeeb”, which means manner. If you still haven’t had a chance to experience its warm hospitality, I will give you few reasons why you must visit Lucknow at least once:
1.To see Bara Imambara(The Largest hall in Asia)
Bara Imambara is the oldest building in Lucknow, India, built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Awadh, in 1784. It is also called the Asafi Imambara. Bara means big, and an Imambara is a monument built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari (mourning). Bada Imambada is the largest hall in Asia.If you are a history buff or love Indian architecture you will have a great time visiting this place. Especially, the design features and the interesting background stories will keep you entertained. I would advise that’s you get a guide to accurately enjoy the place. Its central hall is said to be the largest arched chamber in the world. It has large underground passages which have been blocked up. A staircase from outside leads to a series of puzzles known as Bhool-Bhulaiyan, which is a complicated affair of zig-zag exits. Visitors are advised to visit only with authorized guides or else you may be lost inside.
- Timing: The Imambada opens at 9 am. Reach a little before 9 and explore the entire complex as there are many more places to see and photograph. Interestingly each has its own unique story.
2.To see the beauty of Gomti riverfront
According to Srimad Bhagavatam, one of the Hinduism’s major religious works, the Gomati is one of the many spiritual rivers in India. It extends 960 kilometers (600 mi) through UP and meets the Ganges River near Kaithi, 27 km from Varanasi district. Around 2012 the newly elected government and Lucknow development authority (LDA) started a feasibility study with IIT Roorkee to build a river-front similar to Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. The development of Gomti River works was assigned to the Irrigation and Water Resources Department. A very cool place to visit on a cloudy day and windy evenings. From awesome boat ride to chill with your friends or family. A must visit place to chill out.
Timing: Musical Fountain starts from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.
3.TO SEE THE architectural wonders
Majority of the buildings in Lucknow were built during the period of Britishers or Mughals, and the architectural styles of the buildings represent different shades. Most of them are found in the olden parts of Lucknow. “Heritage Walk” a very popular program run by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department for visitors covers prominent monuments of the city. Religious buildings like Imambaras, mosques, some Islamic shrines and other secular structures like enclosed gardens, baradaris and palace complexes are among the few surviving architectural wonders of Lucknow. Some of the famous architectural wonders of Lucknow are:-
Charbagh Railway station
La Martiniere College
4.TO experience the art and culture of Lucknow
The culture of Lucknow is forever alive and retains its old-world enchantment even today. Popularly known as the City of Nawabs, Lucknow is famous for its traditional cuisine, fine arts and the most polite people you will ever find in India. The cultural heritage of Lucknow was pretty much influenced by the Mughal era and you will find that Mughal touch in almost everything that relates to the culture of Lucknow. Be it the tasty cuisine, the delightful music, and dance forms or the conversation language, everything has the touch of the royal splendor that Lucknow once prospered in.
5. TO purchase Lucknow chikan
Chikan is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. The word means embroidery. It is believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal Emperor, Jahangir. It is one of Lucknow’s best-known textile designing styles. The market for chikan clothes is mainly in Chowk, Lucknow. Lucknow is the heart of the chikankari industry and the variety is known as Lucknawi chikan. Click here to
7.TO see the huge Ambedkar park
Ambedkar Memorial Park is a public park and memorial in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. It is more formally known as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal and is also mentioned to simply as “Ambedkar Park”. The park honors the memories of Jyotirao Phule, Narayana Guru, Birsa Munda, Shahuji Maharaj, Bhimrao Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and all those who’ve devoted their lives to humanity, equality and social justice. The memorial was created by Mayawati, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, during her administration. Many Bollywood films have been shot in this beautiful location.
Timings: 11:00 am – 06:00 pm
8.TO witness Asia’s largest park
Janeshwar Mishra Park is a metropolitan park operating in Gomti Nagar in Lucknow, India. It was made in the memory of late politician Janeshwar Mishra from Samajwadi Party. The park was originated for the general public from 5 August 2014. The park was a dream project of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav who asked his son and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to dedicate a park in Janeshwar Mishra’s name. It was developed at a cost of 168 crores. The park was inspired by Hyde Park in London. The site measures 376 acres. The site for the park is bordered by the Gomti river and road on the other side. Two large water bodies on the site have been developed with a view to harness immigrating birds and provide the shelter for birds in winter and summer months through the creation of lakes and muddy lands. An amphitheater is projected as a cultural hub where cultural and sports activities are predicted. The site has also got 207 feet tall Indian flag and is considered to be the 5th largest flag in the country. So, come and witness the amazing Janeshwar Mishra Park.