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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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Ritesh Dedhia
  • Ritesh Dedhia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Shows the richness of the people lived" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A Place which has a commendable History and present the heart of UP state. The old Lucknow Architecture shows the richness of the people lived. The must do thing in Lucknow is visit to Bada Imambara, Bhool Bhulaiya, Moti Mahal and do try the Dahi bhalle and aloo papri chaat at Hazratganj Market.
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Mairaj Husain
  • Mairaj Husain
  • 1 Review

"An adventurous trip with friends"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had planned a mini trip of 2-4 days with my friends avinash and mobin by a single bike, it was very adventurous trip. We had done full masti on the trip. We travelled to many places like zoo, imambada - chota bada both and bhool bhulaiya etc. It was the trip which will be very memorable to us, a trip will obviously convert into adventurous if there will be our friends with us.
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Rahul Dixit
  • Rahul Dixit
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review

"Overall, a nice place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A great historical place to visit. Bara imambara, shahi hamam, Residency of 1957 mutiny memory, Roomi darwaza, chhota Imambara are the great places to see. You get good food like tunday Kababi. The awadhi language is known to be the most courteous ever, but you wouldn't really feel it to be that prevalent.
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Shobhit Srivastava
  • Shobhit Srivastava
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 7 Reviews

"An awesome place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Travelling to city of nawabs is a good idea if you still have it in your bucket. City of nawabs is clearly build on nawab's architecture from lucknow railway station to old city-chowk area. The old airport was too build in that shape. The hazratganj market, imambara, roomi darwaza etc. all are amazing to visit and all are best visited during sunset. Overall the experience was good and food is awesome.
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Anil Shad
  • Anil Shad
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 12 Reviews

"A great historical place to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A great historical place to visit, Bara Aimambara , Shahi Hmam great to see these historical places. Residency of 1957 mutiny memory, Roomy Darwaza, chhota Imambara, good food, Tunday Kababi, Aminabad, Chiken clothes to purchase, Chock areas, good mannered people, awadhi shaan and language to hear. Great experience.
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Vaibhav Bhatnagar
  • Vaibhav Bhatnagar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Not really fond of the place, but good for a change"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place is known for its humbleness and courtesy. The awadhi language is known to be the most courteous ever, but you wouldn't really feel it to be that prevalent.

The crowd is not very welcoming, especially if you have to deal with auto or rickshaw drivers. The shopping hubs are mostly crowded, but are definitely worth a visit for the authentic chicken apparels and tunday kebabs.

The malls do not live up to the expectations in terms of variety and collections. Most of the utility areas are not clean.
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Swastiaditya Srivastava
  • Swastiaditya Srivastava
  • 1 Review

"A good place to be in"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Awesome lace to visit, it is such a romantic place. Get there soon and who knows what new things you can discover. there are good restaurants all around which serve good quality food, which you will definitely like.
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Wasif Raza
  • Wasif Raza
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"A place of nawabs"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Old monuments including Imambara the special foods which is famous over there is tunday ka kabab, biryani and specially kashmiri chai which is available only in winters. The famous things to buy from there are Kolhapuri chappal and khadi clothes.
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Sarvesh Pandey
  • Sarvesh Pandey
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Awesome destination"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
There was many places to visit -Imambra- Bada and Chota. Bada Imambra or Asafi Imambra was built by Nawab Asaf-ul-Daula as a relief work during the terrible famine that year. The interior vaulted hall which was said to be one of the largest apartments of its kind in the world. From the outside, a staircase leads to a series of artfully designed labyrinths (bhoolbhulaiya) where we get lost easily. The appeal Chota of this structure lies in its furnishings comprising exquisite chandeliers of Belgium glass. Opposite the entrance it was a similar structure, the Naubat Khana, where seven musicians play three times a day in honor of the dead.
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Shubhankar Jain
  • Shubhankar Jain
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 26 Reviews

"City of Nawab's"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2014
Lucknow which was earlier known as Awadh is also knows as The City of Nawab's. This is not because everyone thinks himself as a nawab, but because the city was the centre of all the Nawabs who were rich in wealth. If you visit the city, please please try the Tunday's Kebab (Chowk, Aminabad) this is the best thing Lucknow can serve. Please to visit would be, The Residency, Bada Imambada, Chota Imambada, La Martiniere boys College, La Martiniere Girls college.
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