A melting pot of art, culture, cuisine and architecture, the bustling city of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, preserves its essence of grandeur in its kaleidoscopic experiences. From a vibrant culinary scene and exquisite historical monuments to its rich art and culture and vestiges of colonial charm, the city of nawabs, as it is popularly called, is as welcoming as is the warmth of its people.

As soon as you arrive at the historically-eminent and gorgeous Charbagh Railway Station, the city of Lucknow starts unfolding, revealing its charm at every turn. In the bylanes of old Lucknow, history whispers lost tales, while in the broad avenues of the newer suburbs, the cosmopolitan heart of the city throbs. From the grand gateways of the popular Bara Imambara to the ornate structure of Rumi Darwaza, inspired by a Constantinople gate, the city's heritage monuments unravel their mystery. While these monuments inspire awe, it's the bustling bazaars and craft galis of the city where its true soul can be found. Complementing this energetic liveliness, lie serene temples, mosques and churches.

According to a legend, the city was named after Lord Rama's younger brother Lakshmana, who had a palace in the area. Historically, the city was the seat of the replendant nawabs, who ruled the region for centuries. Most of the credit, however, goes to Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, who moved the capital of Awadh from Faizabad to the banks of the Gomti river in 1775, sowed the seed for Lucknow’s growth. Rising in prominence, the nawabs made Lucknow the epicentre of art, culture and music. They also commissioned some of the most aesthetic buildings in India and artisans flourished. Everyone, from architects who designed the lovely structures of the city, to the chefs who created the kebabs we love so much today, prospered under the rule of the nawabs. 

During the colonial era, the city of Lucknow was a strategic location. It witnessed many events of the First War of Independence in 1857, such as the Siege of Lucknow and the Kakori train incident involving revolutionaries Ashfaqullah Khan and Ram Prasad Bismil. The rich legacy of Lucknow is still alive in its culture and gives us a peek into the bygone era.

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Bara Imambara

Bara Imambara

Bara Imambara is perhaps the most recognisable and popular symbol of...

Charbagh

Charbagh

Charbagh Railway Station, one of the two main railway stations in...

Chikankari

Chikankari

A delicate hand embroidery technique done on fabrics like chiffon,...

Dewa Sharif

Dewa Sharif

About 25 km from Lucknow in the Barabanki district, Dewa Sharif is a...

Dr Ambedkar Memorial Park

Dr Ambedkar Memorial Park

Sprawling across an area of 107 acres in Gomti Nagar, the Ambedkar...

Dudhwa National Park

Dudhwa National Park

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is one of the most protected sanctuaries in...

Galawati Kebabs

Galawati Kebabs

A truly melt-in-your-mouth dish, galawati kebab or galouti kebab is...

Hussainabad Imambara or Chhota Imambara

Hussainabad Imambara or Chhota Imambara

Lucknow is full of stellar examples of Nawabi architecture, but there...

La Martiniere College

La Martiniere College

One of the historical landmarks of the city, exuding a colonial era...

Lakhnavi Biryani

Lakhnavi Biryani

Lucknow is dotted with large and small biryani (a layered rice dish)...

Lucknow

Lucknow

A melting pot of art, culture, cuisine and architecture, the bustling...

Naimisharanya

Naimisharanya

Located on the banks of River Gomti, the sacred place of...

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden

Spread over a vast area of 29 hectare, the zoo, popularly called...

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

The Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is known to host hundreds of species of...

Pasanda kebabs

Pasanda kebabs

Pasanda kebabs derive their name from the Urdu word 'pasande',...

Perfumes/Attar

Perfumes/Attar

The city of Lucknow is known for its fine perfumes that are available...

Residency

Residency

Surrounded by terraced lawns and gardens, the Residency, overlooking...

Rumi Darwaza

Rumi Darwaza

Identical in design to an ancient gate in Constantinople in Turkey,...

Shaheed Smarak

Shaheed Smarak

Translating to martyrs' memorial, Shaheed Smarak is a white marble...

Shahnajaf Imambara

Shahnajaf Imambara

Shahnajaf Imambara is a white-domed mausoleum constructed by Nawaz...

Shami Kebabs

Shami Kebabs

A delicacy curated during the rule of the nawabs, shami kebabs are...

State Museum/Zoo

State Museum/Zoo

Home to sculptural masterpieces, the State Museum in Narhi, in the...

Stroll in Kukrail Reserve Forest

Stroll in Kukrail Reserve Forest

The Kukrail Reserve Forest is famous for housing a nursery of...

Tunday Kebab

Tunday Kebab

A variant of the decadent galawati kebab, the iconic and beloved...

Visit the Indira Gandhi Planetarium

Visit the Indira Gandhi Planetarium

This Saturn-shaped building is situated at Surajkund Park and is a...

Zardozi

Zardozi

This signature embroidery art of Lucknow has been around for...

Kanpur

Kanpur

With spiritual and historic roots that go deep, Kanpur located on the...

ayodhya

ayodhya

Sprawled along the serene Saryu river, Ayodhya, in Uttar Pradesh, is...

Mathura-Vrindavan

Mathura-Vrindavan

Poised on the banks of the holy River Yamuna, the old city of...

Agra

Agra

The city of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world,...

Nainital

Nainital

Nainital, British India's favourite summer vacation spot, is a...

prayagraj

prayagraj

Positioned along the sacred sangam, the confluence of three holy...

Varanasi

Varanasi

One of the oldest living inhabitations of the world, the sacred city...