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  • 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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Sandeep Rawat

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Lucknow, a large city in northern India, is the ca" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Lucknow, a large city in northern India, is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Toward its center is Rumi Darwaza, a Maugham gateway. Nearby, the 18th-century Bara Imambara shrine has a huge arched hall. Upstairs, Bhool Bhulaiya is a maze of narrow tunnels with city views from its upper balconies. Close by, the grand Victorian Husainabad Clock Tower was built as a victory column in 1881.
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Nitendra nath yadav

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"Holiday trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is really nice place to spend time with family and friends
And many place visiting like Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, zoo and so many places
The rooms were small but were well furnished and facilities they provided was good
Staff was very politeand the Location was also very good, quite convenient to reach .. Easy to reach from charbagh hotel. Overall I enjoyed the stay,
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Rahul

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"Good city for historical events and other activiti"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Happy to visit Lucknow it is a great idea to visit historical sites with your family and friends. Famous chicken work clothes, Delicious food, shopping malls, After all this city is also called Nawabo ?? Saher, Hazratganj is a very good place to visit
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Pritvi Kanchi

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"Must visit destination which has historical importance"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been to Lucknow by train in the month of December 2016. Lucknow is a must-visit destination in the tourism circuit of Uttar Pradesh. The must-visit destinations around Lucknow include the Lucknow Zoo, Hazratganj and the British Residency. The Lucknow Zoo is spread over an area of 72 acres and was built in 1921. This Zoo is also called as the Prince of Wales Zoo and is home to endangered animals such as white tiger and the indian wolf. The Hazratganj is a must-visit destination for shopaholics as it contains many shops relating to jewellery, handicrafts and automobiles, to name a few of them. The famed British Residency is regarded as a national monument and is one of the major sites of the Sepoy Mutiny or the Great Revolt for Independence in the year 1857. Unfortunately, this site is totally in ruins although the ASI is doing its bit to preserve this rare natural wonder of historical importance.
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Anup Singh

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"Wonderful place to visit for heritage lovers and foodies"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lucknow, while coming to the city of nawabs by flight, you will see the beautiful weather. There are number of places but what I found different and you should visit once are man made beach, bhool bhulaiya, sky bar, cafe vintage machine-hangout place, Curry On-very nice place to have a family dinner at fine dine, hazrat ganj, husain ganj-awesome tea and bun mallai, mr. Brown-chocolates are good, neelkant. You should once in life visit Lucknow. City with peace and luxury. Lucknow is a wonderful place to visit especially for heritage lovers and foodies. Not only the sightseeing spots, but even the city as a whole has a nice old world charm about it. The city is surprisingly clean, with nice traded cycle tracks at the middle of the road, and a lot of greenery all around.
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Col ashok kumar Ashok

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"Nawabi shahar"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's virtual joy unlimited to visit this historical Nawabi city Lucknow. Delicious food; Tunday Kababs, mouthwatering falooda kulfi and other delicacies are simply mouth watering and unforgettable experience. Be it Bhool Bhulaiya, Zoo, museum, Crocodile Rearing Centre, Imambara and scores of historical monuments and Gomti Front.. It's unforgettable experience. Well connected by trains and flight with Metro coming up soon.. A must visit city of Nawabs. Has good hotels, lodges and guest houses for all types of budget. Transport is available in abundance.. Must visit place.
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Anup Singh

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"Visit to Lucknow"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 22, 2016
Lucknow, while coming to the city of navabs by flight, you will see the beautiful weather. There are number of places but what I found different and you should visit once are man made beach, bhool bulaiya, sky bar, cafe vintage machine-hangout place, Curry On-very nice place to have a family dinner at fine dine, hazzrat ganj, husain ganj-awesome tea and bun mallai, mr. Brown-chocolates are good, neelkant. You should once in life visit Lucknow. City with peace and luxury. Lucknow is a wonderful place to visit especially for heritage lovers and foodies. Not only the site seeing spots, but even the city as a whole has a nice old world charm about it. The city is surprisingle clean, with nice traded cycle tracks at the middle of the road, and a lot of greenery all around.
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Srijan Srivastava

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  •  75 helpful votes
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"The city of nawab"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 13, 2016
Lucknow (pronounced Lakhnau) is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh in India. Lucknow is the administrative headquarters of Lucknow District and Lucknow Division. According to Government of India, the Lucknow district is one of the ninety Minority Concentrated Districts in India, shown by 2001 census data on population, socio-economic indicators and basic amenities indicators.
Lucknow is popularly known as the The City of Nawabs. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India.
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Srijan Srivastava

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"I love lko"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 13, 2016
Lucknow has one of the best educational institutions in India and the standard of education is considered to be very high compared to many other states in the country. It is for this reason that students graduating from the Universities in Lucknow are one of the most sought after by the multinationals, Corporates and big industrial houses.
Lucknow is a hub for education for students from all over India and many parts of the world as well. The Common Entrance Test popularly called the CET for admission into the professional course like Engineering, Medicine, Information Technology is very popular throughout the country that students from every nook and corner of India tries their might to get come out successful seeking admission to the varous institutes and colleges of Uttar Predesh in general and Lucknow in particular. Institutions here have excelled in the deliverance of high-quality education in various disciplines to enable students to be prepared for a highly competitive working environment after graduation.
Lucknow has the pride of having the world renowned University like the Banaras Hindu University, Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Central Tibetan University, Al Jamia Tus Salafiah, School of Management Scinces, you. P. Autonomous College, Saraswati Engineering College, Jeewandeep Institute of Management Technology and M. Institute of Management technology. The standard of education is already high and rising rapidly to meet the standard of the new Internet Economy. Among schools some of the best known ones are Sunbeem School (for boys and girls), Sunbeem Academy (for boys and girls), W. H. Smith Memorial English School, Children's Academy, Jeewandeep Public School, St. Xavier High School, Jhons School, Mary's Convent School and International Hindu School. These schools place emphasis on a good academic education as well as extra-curricular activities to provide a well balanced education. Admissions to any of the good schools is very difficult. As far as medical colleges are concerned some of the best known ones are IMS BHU. Some of these are world-famous and offer exchange programs with the leading institutes in the world. There are several computer training centers like NIIT, Aptech and hundreds of well equipped and well known computer teaching schools.
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Shvetang Gupta

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"Nawab's City"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 6, 2016
Lucknow a city of nawab and capital of Uttar pradesh. Really a developed city, in the evening you can enjoy food a famous biryani, kulfi and chaat. In hazaratganj you can shop as you want and till the end. A very old railway station but maintained well.
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