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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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Raman Deep

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  • 14 Reviews
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"The city of Nawabs" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
When we talk about Lucknow then first which comes in our mind is its Historical past. Lucknow was well known as Awadh in past. It is capital of Uttar Pradesh. I have visited Lucknow so many times just because my wife is from Lucknow.

It is Such a wonderful city to visit. There are many attractions to visit which remind you about our glorious History. Some of the must visiting sites are Bada Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Hazrat Ganj, Ambedkar Park, British Residency and yes the most important thing Vidhan Sabha.

Lucknow is very famous for Its food culture. If you love nonveg then you must surely visit Aminabad where you will get a chance to taste World famous Tunday Kabab. Apart from it here you will find Mouth watering "Prakash ki Kulfi".

In Aminabad Market you may shop for Chikankari clothes.

Overall, it is a great experience to be familiar with Lucknow's culture.
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Mohammad Bilal

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  • Mohammad Bilal
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Awesome journey with my family" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Amazing place for tourism. City of loving and caring people. Feel happy to live here. Good to see old buildings and culture, very awesome. My family enjoyed a lot. Really want to come again. Special things here are food, dressing style and everything was good than all the other cities.
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Navneet Sinha

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"A city of Nawabs..!!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lucknow is a City of Nawabs, evening of Lucknow is quite famous known as Sham-E Awadh, Lucknow you have n numbers of Tourist mostly Historical, not to miss is Lucknowi food here also one can find N number of varieties i.e from Chaat to Tunde ke kebab to mouth watering Kulfi and Falooda. It has Aminabad and Hazratganj where you can shop till you drop.
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"Visit to Lucknow"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited Lucknow during June 13 to 15, 2015. Nice place to see historic places. Also visit KGMC University. May also visit near place Ayodha. There is a bird century also (Distance 50 km).

Tunday kabab is very famous.

Lucknow chikon sari/any item is very beautiful.
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"Heaven of India"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The best city in entire India and I say it proudly. There is no other city with as perfect proportion of its cultural heritage to modern age as Lucknow is. Indulge in our rich variety of cuisines (we Lucknowites prefer street food to dining in big restaurants, actually the real taste here resides in the street food), discover locations, all the original Lakhnavi Chikan you have heard of, dive in headfirst into Love Lane to buy awesome clothes for her or into Prince Market for him, roam the streets of Chowk to get a bite out of everything, visit the Malls if you want a brand. Welcome to Taj if you want the taste of upper class, learn the Lakhnawi Tehzeeb of saying PEHLE AAP, take away some unforgettable memories which you would cherish your entire lifetime that's for sure.
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Ali Naqvi

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  • Ali Naqvi
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"City of Nawabs and Kababs"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
City is full of Fun, one of the heritage city of india. The best part of city was its food and culture. People are very down to earth, they will help you down if you are new there. Liberal mindset people. Very original. One must not forget to visit Galawati Kababs and Tunde ke Kebabs. Need to search and ask local people in order to find original shop because so many shops are there. Nights are enchanting. Cool breeze in summers nights. But dangerous in winters. Best place to visit for Non Veg eaters. Bada Imambara is must visit place.
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Mohtasham Hussain

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  • Mohtasham Hussain
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"City of Nawabs and Kebabs"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lucknow is best known for its Nawabs and Kebabs and truly when I stayed there I felt like a Nawab and ate a lot of Kebabs. The street food was just mind teaser especially Kebabs, "Tunde ke Kebabs" and Motiya Biryani I visited many places such as Bada Imambara and Chota Imambara, very peaceful place i must say. The people here are very polite and courteous. The food just gives you goosebumps and give you are craving to have more and more. Highly recommended for a foodie and a all-in-one destination lover.

I`ll surely visit again.
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Ankit Singh

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"City of nawabs"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lucknow is also known as city of nawabs. It is the 10th most popular city of India. Hindi is the main language of this city. Sometimes Urdu is also spoken. Basically its the capital of Awadh and ruled by Delhi sultanate mughal rule. India became independent in 1947. Lucknow has a humid climate with dry, cool from November to February and hot from May to June. The residents of Lucknow call themselves as Lucknowites or Lucknavi.
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Vineet Gupta

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"Feel like Nawaabs"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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"Visit for its heritage and a must for foodies"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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