Dilkhusha Kothi


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Dilkhusha Kothi Overview

Ranked 83 of 162 sightseeing in Lucknow

Dilkhusha Kothi was constructed around 1800 by the British resident Major Gore Ouseley, who was a friend of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, the ruler of Awadh. Located in the Dilkhusha area of Lucknow, the 18th-century house was built in the English baroque style.

Owing to being shelled during its involvement in the Lucknow siege in 1857, only a few towers and external walls remain of the monument. For the Nawabs of Awadh, the house was initially constructed to serve as a hunting lodge.

Later used as a summer resort, the house is located on the banks of Lucknow's main river, the Gomti. As was traditional in Indian architecture, the house lacked an inner courtyard.

The house was held by Indian insurgents, during the Revolt of 1857. Thereafter, it was forcibly recaptured by British forces under the instructions of British commander-in-chief, Sir Colin Campbell. On November 24, 1857, British General Sir Henry Havelock breathed his last in this house.

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