The capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, needs no description. The ‘Muskuraaiye Aap Lucknow Mein Hai’ Welcome Sign says it all! It is one of the most exciting places for history buffs and foodies, promising the best memories you’ll ever have. The city’s culture and sheer exquisiteness make it a great tourist destination. There are tons of best places to visit in Lucknow – whether it is a food, historical places or just a stroll on the chowks – the “City of Nawabs” has it all!
Here’s Neo Travellers’ list of 7 best places to visit in Lucknow for a memorable holiday
The Bara Imambara
The flamboyant structure of Bara Imambara takes you down the bygone era of Mughal empire. The majestic moment has been standing still since 1784 and is a sacred place for the Muslims. Millions of Muslim devotees flock here during the religious festival of Muharram.
The Bara Imambara is one of the best places to visit in Lucknow. It is the world’s largest arched hall and an unsupported structure, with the central hall being about 50 meters long. While you are in the Bada Imambara complex, make sure you also explore the Asifi Mosque and Shahi Bauli.
Located merely 1.5 kilometres west of Bara Imambara, is another architectural masterpiece called the Chota Imambara. It is in white texture with a mosaic of green patterns and has colourful lamps and chandeliers. This 19th-century structure also houses the tomb of Muhammad Ali Shah and that of his family members.
Hazratganj, built by Badshah Gajiuddin Haider son of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, is a beautiful Maqbara where stones are carved with beautiful designs. The floor of the Maqbara is made of marble and other precious stones.
The place where the Maqbara is located, Hazratganj, is a fun place to chill and relax. This place is one of the best places in Lucknow to shop, slurp and eat. Visitors will find several coffee shops and fine dining restaurants like Royal Café, Jone Hing, and Chedilal. This place is renowned for the popular Paanch Pani Ke Bataashe (Golgappas with five assorted flavoured water).
Located in Hazratgani’s vicinity is Lucknow Residency. This historical building is located at a kilometre distance from Laxman Tila. Lucknow Residency comprises several buildings and served as the residence for the British Resident General. It was built during the rule of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II, the fifth Nawab of the province of Awadh. This picturesque British Residency is a must visit place for people in Lucknow.
British Residency was constructed during the rule of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II, who was the fifth Nawab of the province of Awadh (British spelling Oudh). Lucknow Residency was constructed between 1780 and 1800 AD. It was subject to the Siege of Lucknow between 1 July 1857 and 17 November 1857. There is also a cemetery having graves of Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, a British soldier and statesman in India.
The constructed of Jama Masjid in Lucknow started in 1839 and was initiated by King Muhammad Ali Shah. Jama Masjid is located in Tahsinganj area of the city. It was constructed with the aim to surpass the Jama Masjid at Delhi in size and look.
However, due to the sudden death of the King, the constructed of the huge masjid was completed by one of his wives, Malika Jahan Begum in 1845 AD. The beautiful monument is built with “Lakhauri” bricks and plastered with lime. Its amazing decoration with coloured stucco motifs makes it one of the best places to visit in Lucknow.
Husainabad Clock Tower
Husainabad Clock Tower is located adjacent to the Rumi Darwaja. This 221′ tall clock tower is a premium structure of British architecture in India. Constructed by Hussainbad donation Trust in the year 1881 at a cost of INR 1.75 lakhs, Husainabad is India’s biggest clock tower.
Husainabad was designed by Roskell Payne in the Victorian and Gothic style structural designs. The clock parts were built using gunmetal and its pendulum’s length is 14 feet. The dial of the clock looks like a beautiful 12-petalled flower.
Shahi Bawli is an architectural genius of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. One can easily see the gateway of this Royal well from Imambara. An interesting fact about this bawli is that you could view the shadow of people entering in the pool of water from a window near to the Bawli’s entrance door.
When the Bara Imambara was being created, a huge reservoir was built to store water. It was around this reservoir that the Shahi Bawli was constructed. You can walk downstairs to the well to get a glimpse of the water and the bathrooms that are on the first and second floors of the Well.
Dr. Ambedkar Park
A modern, iconic memorial in the heart of the City of Nawabs is the Dr. Ambedkar Park. This is a must visit place in Lucknow for those who want to visit a quiet, relaxing place. Dr. Ambedkar Park honours the lives of people who stood for equality, social justice and humanity.
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Dr. Ambedkar Park is in the posh locality of Gomti Nagar and was built using red sandstone brought from Rajasthan. In this renowned park, you’ll see effigies of Indian leaders like that of Birsa Munda, Shahuji Maharaj, Jyotirao Phule, Narayana Guru, Bhimrao Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram. There is also an Ambedkar Stupa inside the park.
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