Top Places to See in Lucknow if you haven’t visited Yet

The “City of Nawabs”, Lucknow is a land, where tehzeeb (culture) and tameez (grace) are placed high on the cultural landscape. Famed for its architectures dating back to the Mughal and British era, Lucknow is one of the cultural hubs in India.  The beauty of language spoken by the people, the graceful twirls of the Kathak dancers, intricate details of the stitch of chikankari, inviting smell of the kababs, the irresistible plethora of street food and melting sweets, Lucknow offers imitable cultural experiences that broaden your sense of heritage in India. A unique blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architecture, this bustling city paints the fineness of the Nawabi era of India. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, offers a wide range of places to visit for the tourists. Here are the top five places in Lucknow that one should not miss.

Bara Imambara

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One of the top places to visit in Lucknow is the magnificent Bara Imambara, built in the year 1784 by Asaf-ud-Daula. One of the iconic landmarks of the city, Bara Imambara is nothing less than an architectural wonder.  The central hall of the architecture is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. A labyrinth of thousand passageways, known as Bhool-Bhulaiyan, is a cheer result of the architectural genius and can confuse you with its complex mess of zig-zag passages. It is always advised to take a tour of the place with authorized guides. The Bara Imambara is a part of the Asaf-ud-Daula Imambara Complex. Once used as the summer palace, it has several courtyards, gateways, the mosque a ‘bawali’ or step-well as well.

Chota Imambara

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The scintillating architecture of Chota Imambara in Lucknow, adorned with the finest calligraphy, is one of the exceptional monuments of Mughal eras. Known as Hussainabad Imambara and located to the west of Bara Imambara, is galore of chandeliers, lights, and beautiful walls. The “Palace of Light”, the ChotaImambara is one of the most stunning architectural heritage of the city. The aesthetically designed interior gives you a royal taste of Nawab.

Rumi Darwaza

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The iconic landmark of Lucknow, the Rumi Darwaza is referred as the identical gate to the old gate in Istanbul called Bab-iHümayun. It is called Turkish Gate as well and was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula during the famine of 1784, with the purpose of generating employment for the people. In the older times, The Rumi Darwaza was considered as the gateway to the old city of Lucknow. The intricate details and beautifully carved flowers give a spectacular look to this outstanding gate. The 60 feet tall gate has a huge sized lantern placed on the top, which helps to illuminate the structure at night, giving it an eye-arresting look.

The Residency

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One of the top places to visit in Lucknow is the Residency. Built during the reign of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1780-1800, it was basically a large complex of buildings including the quarters, armory, stables, dispensaries, and so on. It saw the first war of independence in 1857 which started from July 1st and continued until November 17, 1857. It was known as Siege of Lucknow. It served as the refuge for approximately 3000 British inhabitants during the war and contains around 2000 graves of British soldiers who died during the struggle. The building complex also has a museum which is a must-visit for history buffs.

Jama Masjid

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One of the prominent architectures of Lucknow is the Jama Masjid. During the reign of Muhammad Ali Shah, the construction of Jama Masjid was started in 1837. One of the architectural marvels of India, the Jama Masjid reflects the Mughal architecture with a twist. The designs of the pillars are influenced by the Hindu and Jain culture. This magnificent structure is spread across 4,950 square meters, with a total of 260 pillars in the western part alone.

Where to stay

There are a wide variety of hotels and resorts to accommodate all kinds of travelers from budget, backpackers to luxury once in the City of Nawabs. Among them, one of the top luxury recommendations is Renaissance Hotel in Lucknow.

How to reach

The capital city of Uttar Pradesh is well connected through flights, trains, and buses in India. There are various modes of transportation, depending on the location you are traveling to in Lucknow.

Flights: There are regular flights from the major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Mumbai in India for Lucknow. The Lucknow airport is 14 kilometers away from the main city.

Train: There are a good number of trains available from the major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Kolkata, etc., which are directly connected to Lucknow.

Bus: You can choose to travel to Lucknow by bus from the nearby cities like Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Delhi, and Dehradun.

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8 Replies to “Top Places to See in Lucknow if you haven’t visited Yet”

  1. Is there any Hotel to stay with low cost near to these places, We like to pay to visit these places. Thanks for sharing

  2. Wow amazing blog, I never knew there is so much to see in Lucknow. Thanx for the wonderful blog post.

  3. beautiful place fantastic pictures

  4. Have been to many times Lucknow but never explored these places. Your post showcased beautifully these places. Would definitely try to visit next time. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. I was in Luknow last month. The night walk through Aminabad was the best thing ever.

  6. Wow wonderful! My next destination is “City of Nawabs”. Thank you for such a lovely travel blog.

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