About Lucknow

Fondly called as the Golden city of the east or the city of Adab, Lucknow situated on the banks of river Gomti is the heart of UP and unique by itself. The moment one lands up in the 'city of Nawab', one is transported back to a different age. The romantic and courtly ambience of the city, the refined courtesies of the people, the splendid Mughal architecture all remind the gracefulness of the bygone era.
Aptly called the cultural capital of northern India, 'the city of Nawab' has contributed immesely in the evolution of the performing art of north India. The musicians of the court and courtiers, the courtesans during the era of Nawabs played a cardinal role in scripting the cultural life of the city .Even today the air echoes with the poetic discourse and reverberates with elegant dance movements of the famous courtesans.

Bada Imambara Lucknow :Located near Hardinge Bridge, the Imambara was built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula as a shelter for the famine victims of 1783The 4 storey marvel was constructed by Khifayatulla, an Iranian architect and has a strange labyrinth Bhulbhulaiya on the top of it. Its wide frontal part, the world's biggest dome shaped hall, its beamless roof of interlocked iron and wood, the stuccocoated walls and 5000 arches are a sheer wonder.

Chattar Manzil Lucknow :The construction of Chattar Manjil was started by Nawab Gazi-ud-din and completed by his son Nasir-ud-din. The name is derived from Chhatra, a gilt umbrella atop the dome shaped minaret. Today the Chhattar Manjil today houses the Central Pharmaceutical Reasearch Centre.

Chota Imamabara Lucknow :It was built between 1837 and 1842 by Md Ali Shah in Hussainbad. It is said that the Nawab had appointed 1000 labourers with a view tohelp the victims of famine. Though small in size, Chhota Imambara has its unique charm having fascinating architecture. One of the minarets is of gold and the ayats of the holy Quran are inscribed on the walls. The silver throne, the tajiyas and chandeliers that came from different parts of the world, are a bewitching experience for the tourists.

Deva Sharif Lucknow :This pilgrimage town is 25km from the city is the birthplace of Halli Waris Ali Shah, a highly revered sufi saints in the country. This place occupies an important place in the history of Awadh region known for its secular milieu.Both Hindu and Muslims hold this place in high esteem.

Hussainabad Clock Tower Lucknow :Built by Nawab Naseer-ud-din Hyder in 1880-87 on the occasion of the grand visit by Sir George Cooper, the first Lieutenant Governor of the United Province. The Moorish style tower of biggest clock in India cost days a whopping amount of Rs 1,75,000. The 67.30 metre high rectangular tower was covered in gold in the past. Adjacent to the tower is the Octagonal Hussainbad Tank( 1837-42).

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary Lucknow :The bird sanctuary has a lovely natural lake where innumerable number of migratory birds like Graylog Goose, Red Crested Pochard and a whole lot more assemble.

Kaiser Bagh Palace Lucknow :The palace was built by Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Lucknow. Though today the palace is in the state of ruins but some of its portion still provides a glimpse of the opulence of the Palace.

Rumi Darwaza Lucknow :The word 'Rumi' is of Persian origin which means Rome. It was built by Asaf-ud-Daula as a part of the famine relief project where workers were offered food for their services.

Shah Najaf Imambara Lucknow:Another popular site, this Imambara has the tomb of Ghazi-d-din Haider Khan, the sixth Nawab of Awadh and his wives.

State Museum Lucknow :The museum houses a huge collection of gold coins, ancient paintings of 16th century and exquisite stone sculptures of 2nd century BC.

The Residency Lucknow :Built between1780 and 1800 on a small hillock on the banks of Gomti. This massive building acted as a shield for the British Residents during the Sepoy Mutiny. But after 87 days around 2,000 people died of bullet wounds. Even today one can see the walls of the building in ruins because of bullet shots and the cemetery having graves of 2000 people.

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