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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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Apoorva Bhardwaj

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  • Apoorva Bhardwaj
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  • 8 Reviews
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"Spectacular Lucknow - Nawabon ka Sheher !" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I was in Lucknow on a business trip and wanted to make the most of my time so I could pacify my itchy feet to travel and see the city I had heard so much about in the limited time I had. I ended up going alone one free morning around the city. From the first step I took into the Bada Imambara, I was amazed. The bada Imambara constitutes of a grand mosque, a Bowli or water tanker with a deep dark history and a huge Maqbara surrounded by deep, twisting tunnels and secret passageways called the Bhul Bhulaiya! Nawabon ka shaher- A day in the tomb of & with the martyr. From the Persian Hall, Bada Imambara surrounded by the Bhul-bhulaiya, a maze with innumerable tunnels twisting through the dark, the walls speak here, you can here a sound of a matchstick lighting from across the hall, whispers travel through time, and once lost in the dark tunnels hidden in the surrounding walls There is no way out. And there in the middle of all this magnificence, lies the man that made it all. A day in his tomb will shake up the darkest hollows of your soul. The Baoli is a cold dark place, place that has seen more death, more fear, more torture than most others. A mighty salute to Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah, once Nawab of Awadh who lost love, life, family in the name of truth, honour and duty and landed up on display with his head on top of a spear outside this very place. Also listed in the 35 most haunted places of India, the walls and the dungeons of the the Bara Imambara speak in silence, so loud that it is impossible to ignore.

I stayed at Gemini continental which is strategically located in Hazrat Ganj Lucknow, close to the prime shopping and food properties yet away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The staff is very cooperative and I say this with full confidence as they supported me majorly during the set up and execution of a very high tech conference for my company last month. The rooms are great and service is highly commendable. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for moderately lavish accommodation at great prices. The roads and infrastructure is impressive and so is the variety in food and eateries across the city, especially Tunday Kebabs! One of the most graceful cities I've been to I'm in Love with Lucknow!
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Manish garg

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"A multicultural metropolitan city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lucknow is a multicultural metropolitan city. You can witness historical monuments with modern city buildings, awesome food ( kebabs) with all the varieties. Imambada, Art Gallery, Hazratganj all the places are worth to watch. Don't forget to eat Kebabs, Basket chaat, matar golgappe, Dastarkhan, Tunday Kebabs. Modernity with Tehzeeb blended with simplicity, this is Lucknow.
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Saurabh tiwari

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  • Saurabh tiwari
  • Lives in Delhi
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"City of Nawabs"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I actually mean the title I have given to my review.

When I compare Lucknow to other major cities of India, the big difference I feel is the way Lucknowites greet each other or talk to each other, you will never get touch anywhere else. About the eateries I have visited here, Vajpayee ki Poori Sabzi is the best of all. You can also enjoy chat basket and other items at Royal cafe. Both of these shops are at Hazratganj, at the same place I had visited one shop which was famous for it's big size samosa and special doodh waali chai, I don't remember the shop name though. At Chowk, you can enjoy summer drinks like thandai and lassi. In Aminabad you must try Prakash Kulfi and other bakery items. For non-vegetarians, Tunday kabab is must.

I must say Lucknow is the place of love and relief and in life anytime you need to relax, go to Lucknow and it will never disappoint you.
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Uday Singh

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  • Uday Singh
  • Lives in Bharuch
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"A nice destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
My visit from Vadodara to Lucknow was very comfortable, safe and fabulous. The visit was very religious and peace making as I travelled to Allahabad - Sangam.

Triveni Sangam is such a wonderful place for all peace, prays, sightseeing and Saint meets.

Nowadays cleanliness of Ganga's banks and river is tremendous and appreciable.

Even Though nowadays cleanliness of whole Allahabad city was awesome and can be treated as Smart City.
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Danish Siddiqui

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  • Danish Siddiqui
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  429 readers

"Awesome city !"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The capital of Uttar Pradesh and city of Nawabs and kawabs the one of the Most beautiful city of India the heart of Lucknow is bhulbhulya, Rumi gate and the parks of the city is famous all around the world. Come and see the Shaano shokat of Nawabi style. The food of Lucknow is awesome. Tundey kawabs. Wahid biriyani. I am loving it! Come and visit Lucknow great place for Holiday Fun.
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Rajvinder Singh

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  • Rajvinder Singh
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"It was a wonderful visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Lucknow is a fantastic city with lot of old places. I visited few like Ambedkar park, Bhula bhulaya, metro railway station and at last visited the Nawabs family and had a delicious food and stayed there for one weak which look like one day. Time runs like a rocket there.
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Mayank Pandey

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  • Mayank Pandey
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Place to visit for its royality"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice place to visit. Specially Lucknow's area called Hazratganj a marvellous area. Tundey kababi's kabab is so famous in Aminabad, Lucknow and the evening of Lucknow is so nice. Many of other thing to visit in Lucknow like bada Imambada, residency place and etc.
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Ankur Awasthi

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  • Ankur Awasthi
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Its a nice city to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
City of nawabs beautiful monuments like Imambara, bhoolbhulaiyaa. Famous for tunday kebab & other non veg foods. Chicken work on clothes is also famous in this city you need not to think while visiting this city because Lucknow is a city of tehzeeb so visit there once in your life.
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Jyotshna Ray

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  • Jyotshna Ray
  • Lives in Patna
  • 2 Reviews
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"City of nawabs!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Lucknow, a good place to visit. Beautiful monuments were there and new marble parks. Hazratganj area all fabulous places to visit. Imambara an old karigiri and the chicken cloths, tundey kbab dastar kha Aminabad shopping areas Ambedkar park all in one place are must visit.
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Suneel Rawat

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  • Suneel Rawat
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"A wonderful place for me"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We made a plan to explore the tourist attractions of Lucknow city. At first we headed towards Lucknow Zoo, it was very relaxing and enjoyable experience to explore the wild life.

After that we headed towards Hazratganj to have some chilling times there, and enjoying chats & pani puri's there. Taste was amazing. Now clock is ticking over 8 o'clock and we all felt hunger, so we planned to have a famous tunday kebabi at Aminabad and trust me you were never had such a wonderful and tasty dishes ever.

After dat we headed to our rooms. Next morning we explored the Imambara, Bhool Bhulaiya, Residency, Gomti Ghat and at last went to Marine Drive, Lucknow is always a wonderful place for me.
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