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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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Rituraj Bisht
  • Rituraj Bisht
  • 1 Review

"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Recently visited this place and it was realy an awsome place to visit more. The good places to visit over there are bhool bhuliya, imam bara also visited the quazar lounge, a very good service over there. The roads are big and trouble free. Lucknow is a large and nice place to visit.
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Varun Gupta
  • Varun Gupta
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome cuisines and great shopping place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a good place to visit this year during the month of March. The cuisine here is marvellous. The best I got was the famous Tunday Kebab. Those kebabs were the best I ever had. There are few cool and new malls here, they are quite good. The chicken suits here are fantastic especially for ladies I guess, my mom did a lot of shopping.
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Varun Arora
  • Varun Arora
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 7 Reviews

"Awesome place to spend leisure time with awesome food" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A place where when you arrive, you are greeted with people with a laidback attitude. People are helpful and caring out there. Right from the roadside tea stall to the star hotels, the people are amazing.

I fell in love with the language there. People respect each other and had enough time to spend with each other. After going from Bangalore, I felt that people had so much time to spend with each other that it felt like a family.

The food very awesome, Tunde kabab, sharma ka samosa, maqbara ka chai to prakash and moti mahal ki kulfi. The stroll in Hazratganj and the lively atmosphere. Everything felt so good.

Every nook and corner you can find amazing food stalls. Lucknow Zoo is a must visit and maintained very well. Apart from that Imambara and the other monuments in Old Lucknow area a place that should be visited.

Overall an awesome place to visit.
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Sandeep Ahalawat
  • Sandeep Ahalawat
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews

"A great city with good food and culture"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lucknow is all about food and decent culture. Its nawabi style and cultural harmony is unique in itself. Its famous chicken works and food joints are must visit. Infra is good and people are decent. City is also capital so has less power cuts. But you will fall in love with is own Marine drive and gomti view. The heritage, the culture and love.
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Ashish Agarwal
  • Ashish Agarwal
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 3 Reviews

"A place to visit at least once"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lucknow is known as city of nawabs. Historical monuments like Bada Imambara, Ghanta Ghar Residency, Bhool Bhulayia. Places to visit and favourite markets like Chowk, Aminabad and Hazratganj to shop.
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Alkesh Yelpale
  • Alkesh Yelpale
  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"A nice place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Love non-veg? Have to go here. Best Kebabs and minced meat you will ever eat. Also some good places to visit. No nightlife as like city but you can find dhabas open upto 2 am. Quite affordable place for vacation and for business tours well equipped hotels are available. Warm clothes a must carry.
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Rahul Kudesia
  • Rahul Kudesia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Unforgettable experience, full of life"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lucknow!! aah city of nawabs, yes it is. After reaching Lucknow first thing you see is Charbagh station, which is a monument in itself, well maintained and clean campus of railway station is very rare in our country. Weather was also good, winters was on its peak and lots of fog every night and morning. Warm clothes are necessary if you are visiting der in December month.

Bada Imambara and chhota imambara are the most famous monuments of Lucknow city for which it is famous they are located in chowk. also rumi gate and residency is a tourist attraction.when you visit chowk don't forget to eat malai makhan and kesaria doodh. Next place of interest is Gomti nagar where you will find ambedkar park.

I was mostly busy in shopping and travelling there are so many malls in almost every area and chicken of Lucknow is very famous so I bought a pair of kurtas for me. If you are a non veg lover then don't forget to eat at Tunday kabab most famous non veg shop of Lucknow. As a piece of advice I would like to tell you please take radio taxi from airport or station they will take reasonable fair.
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Ritesh Dedhia
  • Ritesh Dedhia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Shows the richness of the people lived"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jan 7, 2015
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 Dec 24, 2014
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 Dec 16, 2014
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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