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Lucknow Tourism

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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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Ranit Kalita

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  • 6 Reviews
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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Lucknow is a nice place to visit. It offers awesome tundey kababs and chaat items to eat. The places to visit are surplus. Several parks- nimbu park, hathi park, buddha park and a new one Ambedkar. Based on my experience here, I would say one should visit here purely for the best Culinary & Shopping experiences. It is a City of Cuisines and Costumes.
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Himanshu Srivastava

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"A fantastic place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We also called the lucknow is city of tehzeeb. There are many places to visit like bhool bhulaiya, ambedkar park, zoo for children, there are many parks where my full family enjoyed alot. The children of our family enjoyed alot in the zoo of Lucknow. The people of Lucknow is also very good they help others a lot. There were lot of restaurants which are very good. The evening of Lucknow is awesome. We also went to hazratganj which was perfect for shopping.
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Ritika Tiwari

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"Nice fun-filled family trip" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Lucknow is a nice place to visit. It offers awesome tunday kebabs and chaat items to eat. The places to visit are surplus. Several parks- nimbu park, hathi park, buddha park and a new one ambedkar park, historical monuments like imambara, residency, picnic spots. Shopoholic people can have a visit to hazratganj. The chikan work on clothes is amazing to wear. Just loved it. Overall trip was amazing and a complete fun to offer.

June month was really a hot one. I think october-november would have been a better choice.
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Anandh Karunakaran

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"Gastronomics & Shopaholics - Try your LUCK-now here!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Based on my experience here, I would say one should visit here purely for the best Culinary & Shopping experiences. It is a City of Cuisines and Costumes.
Best thing is you can complete you whole trip on a shoe string budget but with fullness of heart. For sightseeing, you can visit Bara imambara ( as well as Chota), the Rumi gate, Jama masjid, St joseph's church,etc. For shopping & appetizing you can visit Hazaratganj market, Aminabad market, Chowk. For Temples you can visit chak thirth temple. The best part is the Non-vegetarian food - You can eat till you sweat. From the gol guppas on pandit chaats to kulfi falooda on praksah kulfis, from mutton kebabs on Tundey kababs to ghalawati kababs on Dhastarkwan, from chikan materials from the sewas to striking jewellery from Ghadbadhjala. You can have all the varieties to explore. A small walk in Aminabad market & Hazaratganj market will make your heart full. Best visited during winters - this is a must visit place for food lovers and shopaholics
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Raman Deep

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"The city of Nawabs"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome journey with my family"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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  • Navneet Sinha
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  • 66 Reviews
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"A city of Nawabs..!!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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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"City of Nawabs and Kababs"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 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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