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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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Srijan Srivastava

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"The city of nawab"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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"I love lko"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Srijan Srivastava

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"I love lko"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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 2 months ago
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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Shresh Tha

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"Visit to Lucknow"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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. You will get nice non-veg food to eat here. You can enjoy you evening cycling here as you will find cycling track in pan Lucknow.
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Shresh Tha

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"Visit to Lucknow"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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.
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"Delightful trip"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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. For heritage lovers, the ultimate experience would be to get lost in the bhulbhulaiya or ride on a tonga in the lanes near chowk bazaar. It is certainly a heaven for foodies. From the delicious pure ghee chats in chowk, to panditji's refreshing thandai, to tundey kababi's galawati kabab to dastarkhwan's biriyani, there are a long list of delicacies you should not miss. For those interested in shopping, there are the beautiful chikan dresses near chowk bazaar to choose from.
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"Lucknow imambada"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's very good place
And it's history
The Bara Imambara is a famous monument of Lucknow with
Historical, cultural and heritage importance. Bara Imambara
Was built in 1784 by the then Nawab of Awadh, Asaf -ud-
Daula. It is for this reason that it is often known as Asafia
Imambara. The structure was built as a part of a relief project
For a major famine that took place in the year 1784. The
Chronicles of History maintain that the famine continued for
Over a decade and the construction of the building continued
For this time.
It is said that the Bada Imambada is the world's largest arched
Room without any pillars and the Nawabs used to hold their
Public hearings here. It is also important to know that
Imambada are actually the replicas of tombs dedicated to the
Holy Prophet and his family members. Bada Imambara is also
The venue for the Muslims who come here every year to
Celebrate the religious festival of Muharram.
The Bara Imambara is a large complex, which houses a
Mosque, courtyards, gateways and a 'bawali' or step-well used
As a summer palace. The sanctum of Imambara consists of a
Large vaulted central chamber containing the tomb of Asaf-ud-
Daula. The hall that is 170 feet long and 55 feet wide stands
50 feet from the ground. It is interesting to note that it has no
Beams or girders supporting the ceiling. In fact Bara Imambara
Is one of the largest arched constructions of its kind in the
World.
The building, which consists of three huge halls, has an
Amazing maze of corridors hidden in between its walls that
Are about 20 feet thick. This dense, dark maze called the 'bhul
Bhulaiya' is a network of more than 1000 labyrinthine passages,
Some of which have dead-ends, some end at precipitous
Drops while others lead to entrance or exit points. The maze is
To be explored only with the help of an "approved" guide if one
Wants a tour of the secret labyrinth without getting lost. It is
Possibly the only existing maze in India and came about
Unintentionally to support the weight of the building,
Constructed on marshy land.
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"Lucknow imambada"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's very good and enjoying place
The Bara Imambara is a famous monument of Lucknow with
Historical, cultural and heritage importance. Bara Imambara
Was built in 1784 by the then Nawab of Awadh, Asaf -ud-
Daula. It is for this reason that it is often known as Asafia
Imambara. The structure was built as a part of a relief project
For a major famine that took place in the year 1784. The
Chronicles of History maintain that the famine continued for
Over a decade and the construction of the building continued
For this time.
It is said that the Bada Imambada is the world's largest arched
Room without any pillars and the Nawabs used to hold their
Public hearings here. It is also important to know that
Imambada are actually the replicas of tombs dedicated to the
Holy Prophet and his family members. Bada Imambara is also
The venue for the Muslims who come here every year to
Celebrate the religious festival of Muharram.
The Bara Imambara is a large complex, which houses a
Mosque, courtyards, gateways and a 'bawali' or step-well used
As a summer palace. The sanctum of Imambara consists of a
Large vaulted central chamber containing the tomb of Asaf-ud-
Daula. The hall that is 170 feet long and 55 feet wide stands
50 feet from the ground. It is interesting to note that it has no
Beams or girders supporting the ceiling. In fact Bara Imambara
Is one of the largest arched constructions of its kind in the
World.
The building, which consists of three huge halls, has an
Amazing maze of corridors hidden in between its walls that
Are about 20 feet thick. This dense, dark maze called the 'bhul
Bhulaiya' is a network of more than 1000 labyrinthine passages,
Some of which have dead-ends, some end at precipitous
Drops while others lead to entrance or exit points. The maze is
To be explored only with the help of an "approved" guide if one
Wants a tour of the secret labyrinth without getting lost. It is
Possibly the only existing maze in India and came about
Unintentionally to support the weight of the building,
Constructed on marshy land.
Best time to visit
The best season to visit Lucknow is October to March. The
Weather is pleasant and going round the sights is much easier.
Trivia
The Bara Imambara is an interesting building. It is neither a
Mosque, nor a mausoleum, but a huge building having
Interesting elements within it. The construction of the halls
And the use of vaults show a strong Islamic influence.
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"Good place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It's heritage zone. In Imambada, Lal Baradiri, Ghantaghar, Bahtkhende Sangit university, is famous for its heritage. It is also famous for zoo, Janeshvar Mishra park, Hazratgang. Its cultural is very rich for it's Nawabi Thazib.
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