Lucknow (capital of Uttar Pradesh) is one of the most beautiful and charming cities of Uttar Pradesh. The city is also known as the city of Nawabs and the Golden City of the East. Lucknow is situated on the banks of the river Gomti and was founded by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. The city is a wonderful tourism destination.
Lucknow is a historically important city and for many centuries was at the heart of North Indian culture. In particular, the city was famous for its Adab and Tehzeeb (manners and hospitality), intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens and dance forms such as Kathak. It was also one of the sites of the 1857 Indian Mutiny (or First War of Indian Independence). The Hindi spoken in Lucknow is considered the most beautiful and gentle in the country.
Tourist Attractions in Lucknow:
Bara Imambara and Bhool Bhulaiya: A large and impressive tomb complex built in 1783. There is an interesting labyrinth too. You could easily spend half a day wandering around these beautiful but crumbling examples of Mughal architecture. If you hire a guide, do not expect him to know the way around. Guides are known to get lost in the labyrinth! The ticket you buy lets you enter here, the Chhota Imambara, the Husainabad clock tower and picture gallery too, so do not lose your ticket. Please note that lone couples are not allowed to enter without a guide. This prohibition is not brought to notice while buying the entry ticket. You will also have to pay a man 1 rupee to mind your shoes while exploring the complex (shoes are not allowed inside Bara Imambara). 350 INR for foreigners.
Rumi Darwaza (Rumi Gate), Hussainabad Lucknow.
Chhota Imambara: An imposing mausoleum built by the third Nawab of Avadh in 1837. The ticket for Bara Imambara is also good for admission to Chhota Imambara.
British Residency of Lucknow: The British Residency of Lucknow is a famous historical landmark of this place. This residency was built in 1800 and located in Hazratganj area. British Residency of Lucknow is now ruins and has been declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. There is also a museum in the premises that is managed by the authorities.
Husainabad Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar): Hussainabad Lucknow. A British landmark, set in a park with the somewhat poorly curated picture gallery, and a lake. A great place for sunset. The ticket for Bara Imambara also grants admission here.
Sikandar Bagh: Sikandar Bagh is made by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1800. The name of the garden is taken from his beloved wife, Sikandra Mahal Begum. It is situated in the grounds of the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow and covers an area of 150 square meters.