Lucknow

Give a royal entry to the city of Nawabs

Paradise for foodies, history buffs and shopaholics the city of Nawabs, Lucknow welcomes every itinerant with Adab. The place once known as Awadh is renowned for its archaic monuments, treasure of bustling Bazaars, intricate Chikankari, delicious Kebabs and Biryani. Flourishing industry and active politics are one of the facets of contemporary, fast growing Lucknow. Roam in the city and get a whiff of Nawabi Nazakat and Nafasat, charming blend of Hindi and Urdu language and legendary Mughal timed cuisine. Sprawled on the bank of River Gomti, the capital of Uttar Pradesh takes any traveller back to the era of Mughals through its door of culture and tradition.

With so many places to see, any traveller can get trapped in the charm of the city. To get a glimpse of regal Nawabi culture and tradition, grand monument of Bada Imambara and mausoleum of Chhota Imambara, are perfect places to visit. For history buffs British Residency is a comforting place. Jama Masjid, Charbagh Railway Station and Husainabad Clock Tower are worth visiting place for their uniqueness. And if you have enough of these historical places, ease yourself by visiting Lucknow Zoo, draped in lush greenery.

  • Bada Imambara

Giving a sneak peek into the dynamism of Mughal culture and traditions, the Bada Imambara is the defining landmark of Lucknow. Built in eighteenth century by the fourth Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, the monument is worth visiting for its mesh of labyrinth. Test your ability to remember directions by losing in its unique maze, which is only one piece of its type to be seen in India. Its main hall is claimed to be one of the largest arched ceiling of the world without any support of pillar. The panorama of the far-flung Lucknow city from the rooftop of the monument is an eye-catching view.

Timings to Visit – All days of the week except Monday

                             6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entry Fee – Rs 25 per person for Indians

                   Rs 300 per person for foreign tourists.

  • Chhota Imambara

Reciprocating the grandeur of royal life of Nawabs, the imposing mausoleum of Chhota Imambara is integration of Indo-Islamic and Persian architecture. Also famous as Palace of Lights, the place is worth visiting for exotic chandeliers, glass work and beautiful Arabic calligraphy on the walls. Surrounded by well-manicured gardens, fountains, water pool and two replicas of Taj-Mahal the building stands proudly. The lofty gilded dome and projected minarets of the Shahi Imambara speak interesting story behind its creation. Go, and find it!

Timings to Visit – All days of the week except Monday

                             6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entry Fee – Rs 25 per person for Indians

                   Rs 300 per person for foreign tourists.

  • Husainabad Clock Tower

Any traveller visiting Lucknow can get amazed to view the tallest clock tower of the country. This 67m high red-brick tower stands proudly on a wide area covered with green garden. Most of the parts of this elevated structure were made in London. It also boasts of having biggest clock fitted in it.

Entry Fee - No Entry Fee

  • British Residency

Pleasing place for history buffs, this protected monument comprises ruins enfolded in lovely gardens. The spot once witnessed the first remarkable effort for Independence of India in 1857. The place including Imambara of Sharaf-un-Nissan, a mosque, and the main building functioning as museum reminds the visitor of those untold sagas which happened hundreds of years ago.

Timings to Visit – All days of the week, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entry Fee – Rs 5 per person for Indians

                   Rs 100 per person for foreign tourists.

  • Jama Masjid

The structure made of yellow sandstone, places it in prominent position in the list of monumental and most beautiful mosques in India. A unique blend of Mughal and Hindu architecture can be viewed in its ornate designs and structural elevations. Intricately carved pillars and arched domes of this grand religious place are worth your appreciation.

Timings to Visit – All days of the week except Monday

                             7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

                           1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Entry Fee – No Entry Fee

  • Lucknow Zoo

Constructed in 1921 to welcome the visit of then Prince of Wales, Lucknow Zoo draws lakhs of people every year. Spread on vast acres of land zoo is shelter of a variety of animals and birds including Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Lion, Wolf, Himalayan Black Bear, Black buck, Barking deer, Giraffe, Otters and many more. Positioned as the largest zoo of the state, one can enjoy exciting ride on toy train amidst the thickly covered flora and fauna of the place.

Timings to Visit – All days of the week except Monday

                             8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Entry Fee – Rs 60 per person (above the age of 12 years)

                     Rs 30 per person (for 5 to 12 years of age)

  • Charbagh Railway Station

Ever heard a railway station being a tourist place? Visit Charbagh Railway station and watch its majestic appearance. Painted in red and white, the huge building of Charbagh integrating Rajputi, Awadhi and Mughal architecture gives a panoramic view to watch for. Situated in the Charbagh of the southern part of the city, it is one of the two main railway stations. One of the singular features of this railway station is that the aerial view of the station building gives a look of chessboard.

Acting as a paradise for food lovers, Lucknow is known for its royal taste reflected in its Mughlai cuisine. Giving a good competition to Hyderabadi Biryani, Lucknow’s famous Biryani, loaded with flavours is enough to bring out the Nawaabi foodie in you. One can surely experience the authenticity of the legendary dishes, whether you try mouth- melting Galawati Kebab, or Tudnay kebab, or Boti kebab, some of the famous delicacies amongst the travellers. Kormas, Lucknowi biryani, Kulchas, Roomali rotis, Shami Kebabas, Kakori Kebabs are such lip smacking delights which still store the real taste of ancient Lucknow.

To add sweetness to the palate, the city of Nawabs offers appetizing food items like, sweet naan Sheermals, gulabi chai, mawa ladoo, malai ki Gilori. After tasting all the flavours, one should not miss Lucknowi Paan. And to end the Dawat, there is enticing Prakash ki Kulfi which dissolves in the mouth leaving a heavenly taste.

With plethora of eateries, food joints and restaurants go for the best ones to get the real Jayaka of Lucknow.

  • Tunday Kebabi

Paradise for Kebab lovers, Tunday Kebabi is serving authentic flavours of Nawabi plate to numberless visitors. Try its Tunday Kebab which will make you craving for it through its rich aroma of spices and herbs. Feast your taste buds with its mouth-melting Galauti Kebab or creamy Kormas or sumptuous Biryani and the hungry foodie inside you will never be satisfied.

Opening Hours- 12:00 PM – 11:OO PM

Address- Nazirabad/Aminabad

Cuisine – Awadhi

  • Oudhyana

Perfect place to experience a memorable dining with traditional Oudh cuisine, nice interiors and courteous staffs; Oudhyana is one of the top rated eating places by visitors. Offering a long list of delectable dishes, its succulent meat dishes, mouth-watering Biryanis and awesome dessert are the most tasted items.

Opening Hours- 6:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Address- Vivanta by Taj, Gomti Nagar.

Cuisine – North Indian, Oudh.

  • Royal Café

Renowned for its spicy Chaat, the place is unbeatable in terms of food, ambience and hospitality. Visited by a large number of vegetarians and non-vegetarians, this food joint serves lip-smacking food at affordable price. Never miss the famous basket Chaat of the place.

Opening Hours- 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address- 51-Hazratganj.

Cuisine – Multi-Cuisine.

  • Prakash ki Kulfi

The mouth melting delicious Kulfi served by this food-joint is perfect dessert to end your platter. Available at very reasonable price the heavenly taste of Kulfi will surely leave you with unforgettable flavour.

Opening Hours- 10:00 AM TO 10:00 PM

Address- 12/13, Fruit Lane, Aminabad.

One cannot leave Lucknow without stuffing his/her suitcase full with treasure of shopping items, the city offers. Get ready the hungry shopper inside you as the famous Chikan clothes, jewellery, and local perfumes are worth every penny.

Lucknow offers a lot of markets to bargain for your favourite items.

  • Hazrat Gunj

Drape some fashionable clothes by shopping in the plentiful shops of Hazrat Gunj market. This market is perfect place for hunting supreme quality Chikan work. One of its parts, Naza market, claims to be the biggest market for computer/IT stocks in the state.

  • Aminabad Market

Take a leap to Aminabad market and land in the treasure of lavish Chikan clothes, ornaments, footwear and a number of local products. Being one of the oldest bazaars of Lucknow, it adds extra dose of delight for shopaholics with its footpath market offering abundant cheap products.

  • Nakhas Market

Shoppers with a liking for antique can spend their savings while buying antique items in the famous Nakhas Market. Divided in various sections as Bird Market, Vegetable Market, Akbari Gate, Nakhas Bazaar one cannot help getting intrigued by innumerable queues of bustling shops.

  • Chowk

While talking about shopping joints in Lucknow one must not forget the famous Lucknow Chowk. Flooded with innumerable shops, the marketplace of Chowk is best place to buy Chikan apparels. Heaven for shopping freaks, one should be adept in bargaining before making a choice. The market is also an ideal centre for foodies, offering wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

The city of Nawabs, with its fine staying places greets each traveller with warm hospitality. There are many hotels in Lucknow to stop over, ranging from five star to pocket friendly ones. Most of the hotels are bundled nearby main attractions of Lucknow for a more convenient approach.

Make a wise choice by picking up the best hotel fitting to your pocket, when you visit Lucknow.

  • Vivanta by Taj

With hallmark of luxury and comfort this five star hotel is situated on the banks of Gomti River. Equipped with all the modern facilities the beautiful complex is surrounded with vast green gardens, soothing to eyes. To appease your palate the hotel has an awesome restaurant where you can enjoy local flavours of Lucknow.

Address – Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar.

  • Hotel Clarks Awadh

Placing itself as one of the good options among budget travellers Hotel Clarks Awadh is fit for a good stay. Providing all the modern services this place offers nice view of River Gomti. It is also preferred for its rooftop restaurant which serves Awadhi Cuisine, snacks and beverages.

Address- 8, Mahatma Gandhi Marg.

  • Piccadily

Being one of the nearest hotels from airport, it is the most preferred hotel by frequent flyers. Apart from admirable amenities one can also relish tasty dishes and beverages available at its Punjab restaurant.

Address- Sector-B, Bara Birwa, Kanpur Road

  • La Place Sarovar Portico

Located centrally at Lucknow this hotel is provided with premium facilities. A huge delight for the foodies, one can enjoy palatable Continental and Chinese dishes apart from Awadhi and Indian dishes in its restaurant. It also gives choices of variety of snacks and beverages.

Address – 6, Shahnajaf Road.

  • Lineage Hotel

Welcoming every traveller with good hospitality, Lineage Hotel is a perfect option for budget travellers. Well equipped with all modern and necessary facilities, the hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant which provides a good number of tasty foodstuffs to choose from.

Address – Viraj Khand, Gomti Nagar.

The capital of Uttar Pradesh is accessible through well-developed transportation system of airlines, railways and buses. To move in the city ample auto rickshaws, taxis are available. Many tourist buses are also run by travel agents for the convenience of tourists.

Reaching Lucknow by Air – The main airport from Lucknow is located at a distance of around 14 km from the city in the place named Amousi. Lucknow is well-connected to other cities via domestic flights.

Reaching Lucknow by Train - Daily trains are available to Lucknow from other major cities of the country. There are two main railway junctions in Lucknow – one is at the centre of the city, and the other is at Charbagh.

Reaching Lucknow by Road – Lucknow can be easily reached by the road route as three major highways pass through the city – NH-25, NH-28 and NH-26.

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