Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, situated on the banks of the Gomti River. You will get to see a blend of Islamic and British era architecture in Lucknow as the city was founded by Asaf-ud-Daula & was once the capital of Nawabs. It is the 17th fastest growing city in India. You will get to see epic monuments, mesmerising gardens, Palaces etc. Along with tourist spots, the city is also known for its variety of delicious food. Diwali, Eid, Holi are celebrated on a big scale. Lucknow is well-connected by air, train and road. There are daily domestic flights from Lucknow & the city, has the number of mails and express travelling to other major cities of India. You can also reach by private car or hire a cab. Meru outstation cab is a suitable alternative to arrive here. If you are a foodie, you must visit Dastarkhwan at Hazratganj & Haji Sahib at Akbari Gate. Rumi Darwaza, situated in the centre of the city divides the city into ‘Old Lucknow’ & ‘New Lucknow.’ The old Lucknow is crowded and mainly known for its food outlets, jewellery stores, etc. The New Lucknow is a modern age locality with wide roads, malls, modern infrastructure and is regarded as one of the most planned cities of India. If you are heading out for shopping visit Hazratganj which is famous for its restaurants & shopping complex. Here along with historical sites, one can also see different monuments, parks etc. Out of all the tourist places, Bara Imambara is a popular place. It was constructed by Asfi Imambara, who was the Nawab of Lucknow. 14 years was needed for the construction & the cost for it is said to be around a million rupees. Chota Imambara is another famous spot which is 4 km from the city centre. It is only 1.5 km from Bara Imambara & one can reach here easily through public transport. It is also called the ‘Palace of Lights.
Bara Imambara, also known as Asfi Imambara was built by Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784. The structure is created with a combination of Gothic, Rajput and Islam architectural style. It is Lucknow’s famous tourist attraction. This place is primarily known for its maze or ‘Bhul Bhulaiya’ in the local language. It is said that it has 1024 ways to get inside it & has only 2 to come out. As per the locals, it said that many people who went deep into the passageways were never found again. So, the safest way to explore it is by hiring a local guide. There is a total of 9 halls, inside the monument and the central hall is the largest among them. The building was designed by Hafiz Kifayat Ullah, a renowned architect of that time. The place is open from 6 am to 5 pm. The entry fee for Indians is Rs 20 & for foreign it is Rs 500.
Imambara of Hussainabad or Chota Imambara is one of the magnificent monuments in Lucknow. It was constructed by Muhammad Ali Shah, who was the third Nawab of Awadh during 1838. This remarkable white architecture has a golden dome at its top and is the favourite place among photo enthusiasts. The place is on Hussainabad road, Daulatganj. It is open every day and tourists can visit any time between 8 am to 6 pm.
This sixty feet tall structure is located between the Bara Imambara & Chota Imambara. It was built from 1784 to 86 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula & is also called the Turkish Gate. The Nawabs used Limestones to construct Rumi Darwaza instead of the usual red sandstone which was widely used, during those days.
Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden
The zoological park was established in 1921 to celebrate the arrival of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. Located in the River Bank colony, the Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden is a popular spot among tourists visiting Lucknow. The complex was established by the Nawab of Awadh in the 18th century. During those days, it was called the Banarasi Bagh & even today the locals call it in the same name. It covers an area of 70 acres and is a delight for nature and wildlife buffs. There is also a toy train named ‘Bal Rail’ & is the centre of attraction here. One can take a tour of the whole zoo with this train. Paddle boating and Children Park are also some popular places within the park. Recently Butterfly Park was also built which hosts plants of more than 80 species. There are about 28 types of butterflies in the park & information on each butterfly is mentioned on the hoarding. The zoo is open every day except on Monday.
Juggilal Kamplapat or also called the ‘JK Temple’ located in Sarvodaya Nagar, Kanpur is a famous place visited by many locals and tourists visiting for the first time. It was constructed in 1953 under the supervision of the Singhania family. The temple is surrounded by arches of greenery in the heart of Kanpur city. The architecture of the temple has a combination of ancient and modern architecture. People can get to see beautiful stone carvings on the outside and inside of the temple. Devotees can visit the temple from 5 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 10 pm.
Kanpur Musem, also known as Kanpur Sangrahalay, was constructed by the Britishers as a European style ballroom. Later it was converted into a museum. Today tourists can see findings from the British colonial period. Pistols, dresses, and written books of freedom fighters are the main attraction of the museum. The museum is open from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm except for Mondays.