Top 10 places to visit in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh , India
Lucknow, a large city in northern India, is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. ucknow is also known for its elaborate cuisine and Chikankaari or exquisite shadow-work embroidery on fine muslin cloth.
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 Indian. The Hindi spoken in Lucknow is considered the most beautiful and gentle in the country. The city has a population of around 3.4 million. Lucknow is connected by road with all the major cities of the country. Some of the major road distances are: Agra 363 km, Allahabad 210 km, Ayodhya 135 km, Kolkata 985 km, Corbett National Park 400 km, Delhi 497 km, Dudhwa National Park 238 km, Kanpur 79 km, Khajuraho 320 km, Varanasi 280 km.
These are the best 10 places to visit in Lucknow:
1. Bara Imambara
The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments of the city. Also known as Asfi Imambara, after the name of the Nawab of Lucknow who got it constructed, it is an important place of worship for the Muslims who come here every year to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram. The Imambara is primarily known for its incredible maze, known as Bhul Bhulaiya locally, which is located on the upper floor of the monument.
Said to be the world’s largest unsupported structure, Bara Imambara is considered a marvel of engineering and a fine specimen of Mughal architecture. In the vicinity, religious centres like the Asifi Mosque, Shahi Bawali, Rumi Darwaja, etc., are also present for one to explore. The Bara Imambara has a unique style of construction. The central hall of Bara Imambara, which is said to be the largest arched hall in the world, measures 50 meters long and goes up to a height of 15 meters. The distance from the airport is 13 kilometers. The monument is open every day expect Monday.
2. Ambedkar Memorial Park
Ambedkar Memorial Park is a public park and memorial in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is more formally known as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal and is also referred to simply as “Ambedkar Park”. It is spread across more than 107 acres in Gomti Nagar of Lucknow. Its lanes are full with greenery and have about 20 feet wide canal which surrounds this Ambedkar memorial. During night, Ambedkar Udyan is illuminated with beautiful lighting as it seems as if the whole park has come alive. The entire memorial is built using red sandstone brought from Rajasthan. The distance from the airport is 20 kilometers, and its opened every day.
The Chhota Imambara, or the Imambara of Hussainabad, is one of the most beautiful and attractive buildings in the old city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh in India. This imposing monument lies to the west of Bara Imambara and is a true sight to behold. The Chhota Imambara was initially a congregation hall for Shia Muslims that was built by Muhammad Ali Shah, who was the third Nawab of Awadh, in the year 1838. The Imambara was to serve as his own mausoleum as well as that of his mother, who is buried beside him in this prestigious monument. The Imambara is beautifully adorned with decorations and chandeliers at the time of special festivals, especially Muharram. The distance from the airport is 13.8 kilometers and it’s opened every day.
One of the imposing structures built by the Nawabs of Lucknow, Chattar Manzil is a very famous tourist attraction of Lucknow. The most unique thing about the Chattar Manzil of Lucknow is the strikingly different architecture. The most prominent feature of this grand structure is the Umbrella-shaped dome from which it has derived its name. The construction also has some elements of the European architecture thus proving that it must have been pretty much influenced by the modern style of architecture of Europe. The Chattar Manzil lies on the banks of Gomti River. It has two floors–big ChattarManzil and a small ChattarManzil. The smaller part has completely decayed, however the bigger part still retains some of its charm and history. The distance from the airport is 15 kilometers and it works every day except Sunday.
5.State museum Lucknow
Situated in the Banarasibag region, the State Museum Lucknow is one of the oldest museums in the city. A wide collection of prehistoric tools, manuscripts, paintings, coins, wood work, sculptures, bronze images, textiles and miniatures can be seen here. Initially, the place was only used to house Awadh arts and paintings but later, other excavated antiquities from the prehistoric era were also added to the museum. One of the major draws of the museum is the Egyptian mummy and wooden sarcophagus dating back to 1000 BC. Irrespective of whether you’re a history buff or not, you just can’t afford to miss out on the State Museum when visiting Lucknow. The distance from the airport is 15 kilometers, and it’s opened every day expect Monday.
6. British Residency
The British Residency is among the most famous landmarks in Lucknow. Though the building is now in ruins yet its charm cannot be overlooked. Archaeological Survey of India has declared it a protected monument. The British Residency used to serve as a refuge for as many as 3000 British inhabitants in 1857 during the time of the uprising. This Residency became the monopolistic center of the British for almost 90 days during the siege when Lucknow was the center of all British activities. The construction of this residency was started by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula of Awadh in the year 1775. After his rule, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan came to power and he completed the construction of the complex by adding more structures to it. Thus, this complex became to be a residential area for the British, who were stationed in the Awadh region. The distance from the airport is 15 kilometers and it’s opened every day.
7.Janeshwar Mishra Park
Janeshwar Mishra Park is an urban park located in Gomti Nagar. It was made in memory of late politician Janeshwar Mishra. This Park is an eco-friendly place situated in the heart of the city. It was designed and conceptualized as a multifunctional environment and also recreational greenery. The park was inaugurated for the general public of the city on 5 August 2014. It is one of the largest parks in Asia. The park is open from Sunrise to Sunset on all days. The park is amazing place for walking and enjoying with friends and family. The distance from the airport is 23 kilometers and its opened every day.
8.Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden
The Prince of Wales Edward VIII Zoological Gardens, popularly known as Lucknow Zoological Gardens, was established in the year 1921 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. The idea of establishing Zoological gardens at Lucknow emanated from Sir Harcourt Butler, the then Governor of the State and it was received enthusiastically by the prominent landlords and the leading citizens of the State who donated liberally for the construction of animal houses and cages and also presented animals and birds for display from time to time.
Initially known as Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens, Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan or Lucknow Zoological Garden is a massive zoological park situated in Hazratganj, Lucknow. The area has light marked trails to offers small treks. The place is a hotspot for nature photography and zoology students apart from regular tourists and local visitors. The distance from the airport is 19 kilometers and works every day except Monday.
9. Rumi Darwaza
Rumi Darwaza in the heart of Lucknow looms over the busy everyday traffic of Lajpatnagar like an old guardian angel that has seen the city rise and fall. The ancient Awadhi architecture of Rumi Darwaza is one of those features of the old city of Lucknow which still clings on to the nostalgia of the past, like the horse driven Tonga cart. The creation of Rumi Darwaza has a very charitable reason behind it. When famine struck North India during 1748, the then Nawab of Lucknow came up with a plan that will feed his countrymen as well as give him something to cherish and be proud of.
The architectural style of the Rumi Darwaza is completely in sync with the Nawabi architecture of Lucknow, and its significantly different from the Mughals. The material used for the drawaza is bricks and its then coated with lime, while the Mughals often used red sand stone. This is why the detailing on the Darwaza is more intricate, which would be impossible to achieve in stone. The distance from the airport is 13 kilometers and it’s opened every day.
10.Hussainabad Clock Tower
Hussainabad Clock Tower is situated opposite Hussainabad Imambara and is just a mile away from the famous Rumi Darwaza. Standing at 67 m or 221 ft, it is considered to be the tallest building in the country. Built in 1887 and designed by the architect Roskell Payne, the clock tower is the magnificent example of the Victorian-Gothic style architecture in India. Its construction was started by Nawab Nasir-ud-din as a gesture of welcome to Sir George Couper, first Lieutenant Governor of United Province of Avadh. The work stopped due to his death but was finally completed in 1887. It cost a whopping Rs.1.74 lakh in those days. The distance from the airport is 15 kilometers and it works every day.