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Lucknow Tourism

Lucknow Info

  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • 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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Rahul Singh

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  • Rahul Singh
  • Lives in Varanasi
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  97 readers

"Good destination!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Lucknow city of Nawab. Famous for Tunday Kabab in aminabad. If you visit lucknow must have a taste of it. Bada imam bada, Ram manohar lohia park and many more things to see in Lucknow. Airport also available in the city. Metro train facilities is available soon.
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Nitin Trivedi

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  • Lives in Udaipur
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"Excellent place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is an excellent place to visit specially if you have chance to meet the Royal Family would be a great experience. I had a chance to meet Nawab Saheb which was quite a great experience such a personality I was tempted to meet him at his Residence. Great personality and always happy to reply whatever you ask, which is great.
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Govind Panday

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  • Govind Panday
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"City Of Nawab-Lucknow" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We enjoyed a lot in this city it was a very nice place to go for and have some good time with your family or friends. Awesome city known as the city of Nawab' s very simple and heritage city easy to reach from anywhere there is no much more traffic and pollution and the road is very clean and the people are very.
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Ravendra Kumar

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  • Ravendra Kumar
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"An awesome Lucknow visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Lucknow is very good historical place. Must visit & I visit Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar park and Ramabai park. Charbagh railway station. Bhul bhulaiya, Imambada, Chidiyaghar, Etc, these all were very nice place. And also visit Aakashvani kendra Lucknow and doordarshan kendra Lucknow, Vidhan bhawan vidhan sabha & singh babu Stadium and Lucknow metro.
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Ritesh Verma

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  • Ritesh Verma
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Lucknow, city of nawabs" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Awesome city known as the city of Nawab' s very simple and heritage city. Easy to reach from anywhere. There is no much more traffic and pollution a. Nd the road is very clean and the people are very kind-hearted. All about this city is excellent. I' m very happy. It's my pleasure to visit Lucknow the city of Nawab's.
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Paras Singh

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  • Paras Singh
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"Awesome place to eat & enjoy"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Lucknow with my friends. It is a lovely place to visit at least once, especially for the foodies.

You must try:
1. Basket chaat at royal cafe, hazratganj market
2. Prakash kulfi at Aminabad
3. Ibris ki biryani(non veg )
4. Dinner at dastarkhwan (especially Kali mirch chicken and shahi tukda)
5. Pink Chai (I don't remember the place)
6. Makhan malai and black gajar halwa at chowk
7. Tunde kababi(there are two tunde kababi, one is for beef I think.. So make sure you ask someone before)

Places to visit
1. Bada imambara
2. Ambedkar park
3. Lucknow zoo
4. Church in hazratganj and many more

One can also get some fun element at railway station at night near the choti gali (if you know what I mean).
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Akash Gupta

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  • Akash Gupta
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  199 readers

"An awesome place with great attractions"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lucknow means luck is now yours, come have a great treat by visiting places here. Points to visit Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Clock tower, Buddha park, planetarium at Suraj Kund, booting at Shahid Smarak, residency, Ganj, Saharaganj, Ambedkar park, Marin drive, Janeshwar park, Lohiya park, Nawab ganj bird century, science park at Puraniya, zoo and many more.
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Saurabh Singh

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  • Saurabh Singh
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Lucknow, a best place to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A lot of improvements and renovations are required as a lot of encroachments are there which leads to long traffic jams. Overcrowded place with a lot of shops available to shop for. Cheap market with loads of varieties and stuffs. The Lucknow zoo is the very good place in the hole Uttar Pradesh. In this zoo see the all of varieties bird's. In this place you join the lot of enjoyment with refreshment and lot of mind blowing place.
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Aspirant Abhi

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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When you come to Lucknow you see some awesome locations as Bada Imambara, Bhul Bhulaiya having some great ideas behind the architectures made when you go above the top of the building you can see great view of the River Gomti the traffic moving and the birds flying in the sky and so many pigeons flying through the open spaces in the awesome architecture of Imambara. In Lucknow we see places as residency which beautiful example of old age and places like chowk and Aminabad where you can get great food to eat and a nice market to shop for everyone in your family it's a treat to watch these beautiful locations.
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Shalini Mittal

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"Nice city with nice attractions"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is one of the famous place in India just because of Bada Imambada, science city, a big zoo etc. I enjoyed my visit with my friends and want to visit here again. Here I ate some nice food like Kabab, Paratha, Ice cream with Faluda which I'll never forget.
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