Popularly identified as the City of Nawabs, Lucknow is an elegant and charming city of India. It has made its presence on Indian history by being a city of etiquettes and traditions. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh serves its guests with rare grace. Lucknow has been mostly ruled by Muslim emperors. So, an Islamic influence can be seen on the culture, language and lifestyle of Lucknow. The beautiful city features an array of tourist attractions and classic activities that travelers can visit and enjoy. Along with sightseeing, the city serves a wide range of delicious cuisines and is known for its delicate & creative Lucknowi embroidery work on different types of fabrics. Let’s explore what you can explore on your trip to Lucknow.
Commissioned by Asaf-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Lucknow in the year 1784, Bada Imambara is popular attraction of the city. This monument was built with the purpose of Azadari. Bada Imambara complex is classified as a Nawabi architecture that includes Asfi mosque, the Bhul-Bhulaiya (the labyrinth) and a step-well with running water that was used as summer palace. It is one of the rarest structures of Lucknow that is untouched with European elements.
Moti Mahal is situated on the banks of River Gomti and often referred as Pearl Palace. It was built by Sadat Ali Khan during the years 1798 to 1814. The building has derived this name due to its pearl like white colored building.
Rumi Darwaza is one of the most stunning gateways of India situated on the northwest of Bada Imambara. Sometimes, this gateway is also referred as Turkish Gateway in historical resources of British. It is 6 feet high and represents the heart and soul of the Awadh architecture. In reality, it is a replication of an ancient portal at Istanbul. The uppermost part of this gateway is comprised of an eight faceted cenotaph where can be reached by a staircase.
Built to serve as the residence of of the British Resident General, The Residency is a group of buildings that is mentioned in the map of Indian history because of its spectacular sequences of events. The monument got popular in the year 1857 due to Sepoy Mutiny. This time, the palace served as the shelter of all the Europeans living in the city of Awadh. The building is declared as a protected monument by Archaeological Survey of India.
Lucknow Museum is set in a modern three-storied building and blends a museum and archive. It has separate galleries for bronzes, sculptures, paintings, natural history and anthropological specimens, textiles and decorative arts. It also displays a collection of coins from different eras.
Along with numerous tourist attractions shopping and culinary delights are two important aspects of Lucknow tourism.
Shopping in Lucknow
Shopping in Lucknow allows you buying a variety of items to take back home. It is a heaven to enjoy old style of shopping and ideal for people who are more into buying traditional stuffs. Lucknawi chikankari fabrics are the most famous thing to buy in Lucknow. One doesn’t leave Lucknow without buying chikan kurta or saree. There are several shopping places in Lucknow that one can visit for buying these stuffs.
Culinary Delights in Lucknow
Lucknow is simply a paradise for foodies as it offers Awadhi food and Mughalai food in their rich variety. You may find here a lot of restaurants serving delicious food from the middle-range ones to classy also. The city is world-famous for its local cuisines that include biryanis and juicy kebabs. It doesn’t let anyone leave this city without giving them full doze of its lip smacking specialties. Some of the popular things to eat in Lucknow are kabab, Biryani, Gulabi chai, Sheermal, Andrasay and Mawa Ladoo.
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