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  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 128 m
  • Pincode: 226001
  • District: Lucknow
  • Language: Hindi,Urdu
  • STD code: 0522
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 45°C, Winter 5 to 32°C
Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, was once the artistic capital of northern part of India. The city of Lucknow is popular among tourists for its cultural and traditional heritage. Lucknow belongs to Avadh (Oudh) region. It is also the renowned seat of Shi'ism and is referred to as ‘the epitome of Shia culture’ in India.

Lucknow is traversed by River Gomti, dividing the city in to Trans-Gomti and Cis-Gomti. Located towards the centre of the great Gangetic plain in the seismic zone III, Lucknow is bounded by Barabanki District in the East, Unnao District in the West, Raebareli District in the South and Sitapur and Hardoi districts on its North.

The city of Lucknow is of ancient origin as per the inscriptions given in the epic Ramayana.  Lakshmanpur or Lakhanpur was the initial name of Lucknow. This territory was gifted to Lakshmana by Lord Rama, after conquering Sri Lanka and completing the term of life in exile. Later this region came under the rule of Afghans, Mughals and the British. Lucknow also became a major centre for uprisings like the First War of Independence and Indian Independence Movement. 

Lucknow was the seat of the Nawabs of Avadh, who were great connoisseurs of art, during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was Nawab Wazir Sadat Khan who was appointed as the first ruler of Avadh, in 1732. Lucknow was the centre for political, cultural, artistic and literary renaissance in North India during this period. Art forms like Kathak, Thumri, Khayal, Dadra, Qawalis, Ghazals and Shero Shairi reached their summit during the rule of Nawabs.

The field of architecture was also revived by various experimentations on the existing styles of oriental and occidental architecture. Culinary skills were also refined during this period to create Nawabi cuisine, which is unique to Lucknow.  

Today, Lucknow is a fast growing city of India and a major commercial, educational, research and IT hub. It is also home to Asia’s first DNA bank at Biotech Park, which has the designation of being the world’s second, in having DNA identification system (DIS). Lucknow, the headquarters of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), is also renowned for its small scale industries based on distinctive Chikan and Lakhnawi Zardozi styles of embroidery. 

Hindi, Urdu and English are the widely used languages in Lucknow.  Festivals like Moharrum, Id-Ul-Zuha, Id-Ul-Fitar, Shab-e-Barat, Holi, Dusshera, Diwali, Jamghat, Bada Mangal Mela & Lucknow Mahotsav are celebrated with great vigour by the people of Lucknow.

Asafi Imambara (Bara Imambara), Chhota Imambara, British Residency and Shah Najaf are some of the prominent monuments of Lucknow that points out the architectural marvel. Rumi Darwaza, Sikandar Bagh, Lucknow Zoo & State Museum, Botanical Gardens and Kaiserbagh Palace complex are the other popular attractions of Lucknow.

Lucknow is well connected by air, rail and road. The Lucknow airport is a domestic one and is well connected to major cities in India. It is at a distance of around 14 km from the city centre. The nearest international airport, though, is the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi, which is almost 500 km away.

Lucknow is a major railhead in northern India and is reachable from almost all parts of the country. The city is also well connected by bus services to nearby cities like Agra, Delhi, Allahabad, Kanpur, among others. These are run by state as well as private bus operators.

The best time to visit Lucknow is during the winter season. The weather during this time is cool with an average maximum temperature of 21⁰ Celsius and minimum of 4⁰ Celsius. The annual Lucknow Festival is also held during this time, November-December, and is a good time to visit the city.
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Vineet Gupta
  • Vineet Gupta
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review

"Feel like Nawaabs" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
It's a best place to travel. You can see how nawabs use to live. Best places to visit: bada imambara, chota imambara, chattar manzil, hazratganj, kanshiram smarak, marine drive, ambedkar smarak, rumi darwaza, residency. Best food: kabab rolls, tunday kababi rolls, wahid biryani, bajpai kachori, chaat, rewdi, dussehri mango. Also visit malihabad, aam ki jannat.
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Kushal Mookherjee
  • Kushal Mookherjee
  • 2 Reviews

"Visit for its heritage and a must for foodies" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Heritage - Bara Imambara (Bhulbhulaiya), Chota Imambara, Residency, it is the British settlement which was laid to waste during the Indian Rebellion in 1857 and was allowed to remain in status quo by the British as well as the Indian Government.

Parks - Buddha Park, Globe Park, Neembu Park, Shahid Smarak.

Shopping - Aminabad, Hazrat Ganj.

Eat - Chats anywhere, especially Chaudhuri's in Hazrat Ganj, Kulfi.

Proper Meals - Royal Cafe, Dastarkhwan.

First things first. In order to enjoy Lucknow you must visit in the cool months between November and February. In case you are the more sensitive to cold types you may opt for the months of October and April as well. This gives you the freedom to be outdoor without the heat cooking you inside your clothes.

Those in love with Indo-Saracenic architecture will begin enjoying the moment you step out of the iconic Charbagh Railway Station, take a few steps away and turn around. For the love of history, old architecture and photographers, Lucknow presents an eclectic mix.

Visit the Chowk area to find the Bara (Big) and Chota (Small) Imambaras and the Rumi Darwaza. Reminiscent of the times of the nawabs they display the Mughal architectural style embellished with Lucknowy innovations of umbrella shaped domes called Chattars. The two Imambaras are almost next to each other with the Rumi Darwaza on the street in front of them. Bara Imambara has a labyrinth inside called the Bhulbhulaiya. It also has Asia's largest hall that did not take support from pillars to hold the edifice. Another interesting design element is the quality of the walls of the hall to make the slightest noise made at one end heard at the other. It is said, the nawabs specially ordered the feature to curb any conspiracies hatching under his nose. You must take a guide to fully realize the beauty of this place. Photography enthusiasts will find plenty to click.

Hazrat Ganj, conceptualized by Sa'adat Khan, one of the nawabs of Lucknow in European architectural style is a picturesque high street with modern shops that is a delight to walk in. The Vidhan Sabha is at one of it's end and is perhaps the most regal seat of government in any state of India.

There are many parks where you can take your kids to. These are mostly traditional parks we grew up seeing in the '90s. A slide or two, a cradle or two, a see-saw here, a merry go round there and yards of manicured lawns. Mostly between Hazrat Ganj and Chowk, each has a speciality like the Buddha Park has a Buddha statue and the Globe Park has a colossal globe. The Shahid Smarak, apart from a monument to the martyrs have facilities to boat on the river Gomti. Do that.

Head to Aminabad for some Chikan clothes or otherwise shopping. The road leading from Aminabad to Qaiser Bagh, an area called Nazirabad has a huge collection of shops to choose from.

Do plan to visit Good Bakery in Qaiser Bagh for its wonderful array of biscuits. You will not find a parallel of this anywhere.

Finally, when all this walking around makes you hungry try the authentic Awadhi Cuisine at Royal Cafe or Dastarkhwan. The food here are divine and eating nothing less than a spiritual journey. For light eats try Chaudhari's Chats and Kulfi. Prakash is also famous for it's Kulfis and it is in Aminabad.
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Imran Khan
  • Imran Khan
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 2 Reviews

"The best city of India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Best city all over in India. This city will give you a tremendous memories. Lucknow city is also known as nawabo ka shehar. The street food is awesome specially for those people who love to have non-veg. Kabab, biryani, korma, motiya biryani, and so many dishes which is so famous in all over India. And the behaviour of people is very lovely. I wish to go there again and again.
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Rituraj Bisht
  • Rituraj Bisht
  • 1 Review

"A nice place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Recently visited this place and it was realy an awsome place to visit more. The good places to visit over there are bhool bhuliya, imam bara also visited the quazar lounge, a very good service over there. The roads are big and trouble free. Lucknow is a large and nice place to visit.
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Varun Gupta
  • Varun Gupta
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome cuisines and great shopping place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a good place to visit this year during the month of March. The cuisine here is marvellous. The best I got was the famous Tunday Kebab. Those kebabs were the best I ever had. There are few cool and new malls here, they are quite good. The chicken suits here are fantastic especially for ladies I guess, my mom did a lot of shopping.
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Varun Arora
  • Varun Arora
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 7 Reviews

"Awesome place to spend leisure time with awesome food"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A place where when you arrive, you are greeted with people with a laidback attitude. People are helpful and caring out there. Right from the roadside tea stall to the star hotels, the people are amazing.

I fell in love with the language there. People respect each other and had enough time to spend with each other. After going from Bangalore, I felt that people had so much time to spend with each other that it felt like a family.

The food very awesome, Tunde kabab, sharma ka samosa, maqbara ka chai to prakash and moti mahal ki kulfi. The stroll in Hazratganj and the lively atmosphere. Everything felt so good.

Every nook and corner you can find amazing food stalls. Lucknow Zoo is a must visit and maintained very well. Apart from that Imambara and the other monuments in Old Lucknow area a place that should be visited.

Overall an awesome place to visit.
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Sandeep Ahalawat
  • Sandeep Ahalawat
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews

"A great city with good food and culture"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lucknow is all about food and decent culture. Its nawabi style and cultural harmony is unique in itself. Its famous chicken works and food joints are must visit. Infra is good and people are decent. City is also capital so has less power cuts. But you will fall in love with is own Marine drive and gomti view. The heritage, the culture and love.
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Ashish Agarwal
  • Ashish Agarwal
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 3 Reviews

"A place to visit at least once"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lucknow is known as city of nawabs. Historical monuments like Bada Imambara, Ghanta Ghar Residency, Bhool Bhulayia. Places to visit and favourite markets like Chowk, Aminabad and Hazratganj to shop.
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Alkesh Yelpale
  • Alkesh Yelpale
  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"A nice place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Love non-veg? Have to go here. Best Kebabs and minced meat you will ever eat. Also some good places to visit. No nightlife as like city but you can find dhabas open upto 2 am. Quite affordable place for vacation and for business tours well equipped hotels are available. Warm clothes a must carry.
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Rahul Kudesia
  • Rahul Kudesia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Unforgettable experience, full of life"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Lucknow!! aah city of nawabs, yes it is. After reaching Lucknow first thing you see is Charbagh station, which is a monument in itself, well maintained and clean campus of railway station is very rare in our country. Weather was also good, winters was on its peak and lots of fog every night and morning. Warm clothes are necessary if you are visiting der in December month.

Bada Imambara and chhota imambara are the most famous monuments of Lucknow city for which it is famous they are located in chowk. also rumi gate and residency is a tourist attraction.when you visit chowk don't forget to eat malai makhan and kesaria doodh. Next place of interest is Gomti nagar where you will find ambedkar park.

I was mostly busy in shopping and travelling there are so many malls in almost every area and chicken of Lucknow is very famous so I bought a pair of kurtas for me. If you are a non veg lover then don't forget to eat at Tunday kabab most famous non veg shop of Lucknow. As a piece of advice I would like to tell you please take radio taxi from airport or station they will take reasonable fair.
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