Generously dotted with buildings of British Raj Era including the superb mausoleums and Residency, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow plays a gratuitous 3rd fiddle to Varanasi and Agra. However the city caters to the needs of history buffs without enticing the flocks of tourists who simply make the sightseeing quite exasperating. The modern side of the city comprises some of the finest and unique Iron Curtain-esquire feel, with garish parks & gardens with pink sandstone and marble sidewalks, and grandiose monuments, which truly make your voyage quite interesting.
The city of Lucknow is globally acknowledged for its rich cultural heritage and history, as the city was under the direct rule of Delhi Sultanates, The Mughals, Nawabs of Awadh and ultimately under British Empire. Lucknow actually rose into prominence as the address of Nawabs of Awadh, who were also known as Oudh. They were known as great patrons of culinary and other art forms particularly music and dance. Today, Lucknow is honored as the city of cordial living, rich culture, and mouthwatering cuisines and centuries-old monuments. Eating out in the traditional restaurants of the city is still a primary highlight of a visit to Lucknow.
How to Reach
The city of Lucknow can be accessed easily from all parts of India through air, railway and roadways.
By Plane: The city has its own international airport in the name of Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport also known as Amausi Airport, which is located around 11 KM away from the primary railway station of the city. This airport serves the people of Lucknow as well as the people of neighboring districts like Kanpur. The airport is well connected with all major cities of the country and considered as the 2nd busiest airport of Northern India.
By Train: Charbagh railway station is the primary railway station of the city. The main building of the station was established in 1923 during British era. This station is one of the most important junctions of Northern India which links with major cities of the country. There are also other stations within the city including, Lucknow City Station, Aishbagh Station, Gomti Nagar Station, Alamnagar Station and Badshanagar Station.
By Road: The city of Lucknow is well connected to other major towns and cities of the state via road transport. The city is connected to five major national highways including, NH-24, 24B, 28, 25, and NH-56. The primary bus ISBT terminus of the city is Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Bus Terminus located in Alambagh.
Major Attractions of the City
Bara Imambara & Bhool Bhulaiya: A huge tomb complex constructed with impressive style in 1783 during the reign Mughals. This complex also boasts a striking labyrinth too. Here in this complex you will find some of the crumbling examples of Mughal architectures. If you want to explore this monument to the fullest, then hiring a guide would be best bet for you. The tickets purchased here will allow you to explore other historic monuments nearby this complex including, Chhota Imambara, Husainabad Clock, picture gallery and much more.
Ruins of Lucknow Residency & Museums: The mesmerizing, yet gory history of the downfall of this Raj era compound is perfectly immortalized in the museum located in the basement of the building. The pictures and arms depicts you the scene of 1857’s first battle for independence by the Indian Mutiny. The ruined building also has several canon ball marks present which you may explore during your visit to this historic museum. Today, Residency is considered as the breezy heaven where one can escape from the dust and bustle of the busy city.
Ambedkar Memorial: A huge park covering an area over 107 acres to honor Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who was the originator of Indian Constitution. The park is acknowledged for its mesmerizing stone work, fountains intermix with beautifully sculpted gardens and dozens of statues. The park also has some of the statues of Dalit Icons and of course the statue of the incredible self-indulgent Mayawati, Ex-chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Where to Stay
To cater the specific accommodation needs of tourists, the city has a wide variety of hotels, ranging from budget to midrange and splurge. But, before making any selection please check with the reviews of the hotels and facilities offered. Some of the best hotels in the city for accommodation include, Clarks Awadh, Hotel Taj Residency, Piccadily Hotel, Hotel Golden Tulip, Dayal Paradise, Hotel Myriad, Pak Inn, Comfort Inn, and Carlton, Hotel Gemini Continental, The Grand Radiant and many others.