City Of Nawabs – Lucknow – Places to visit

Places to visit in Lucknow: Located on the banks of river Gomti, Lucknow is the largest city and capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh.

A city with a mixed culture of Hindu-Muslim- Sikh, Lucknow is a blend of rich art forms, mouthwatering cuisine, intricate embroidery, mystical gardens.

The city is known for its Adab and Tehzeeb (manners and hospitality).

Lucknow was a seat to the Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lucknow’s richness allures foodies, history buffs, tourists to the city. To get the essence of the city, make sure to experience the following –

Here are some Places to Visit in Lucknow :

  1. Gaze At The Architectural Marvels Of Bara And Chota Imambara

Bara Imambara, also known as Imambara-e-Asafi, was built by the fourth Nawab of Awadh, Asaf-Ud-Daula. It offers an experience of the bygone era of the Mughals.

It is the world’s largest arched unsupported hall. The monument has an incredible labyrinth called Bhool Bhulaiya, located on the upper floor of Bara Imambara. You are not allowed to enter the labyrinth without a guide.

Located on the west of Bara Imambara is the Chota Imambara, a beautiful mausoleum with green mosaic patterns, colorful lamps, and chandeliers. It has the tomb of Muhammad Ali Shah and his family members.

Places to visit in Lucknow
Bara Imambara is an imambara complex in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in India.

2. Treat Yourself With The Best Kebabs In The World

Lucknow is also known as the ‘City of Kebabs’ because of the huge variety of delicious, mouthwatering kebabs. The city is famous for its Awadhi cuisine ranging from kebabs to biriyani.

The famous delicacies include the Galouti Kebab, Ghutwa Kebab, Pasanda Kebab, Shami Kebab, Boti Kebab, Seekh Kebab, Gola Kebab, Korma, Biriyani, Tandoori kulcha, sheermaal, Halwa, Seera, and a lot more.


3. Shop The Intricate Chikankari Fabrics

Chikankari is the traditional embroidery style of Lucknow. It’s a delicate and subtle art form done extremely carefully on muslin, organza, silk, chiffon, net, etc.

The tale goes back to the times of Noor Jahan, the Mughal empress, and wife of Jahangir who had introduced chikankari work in India. Lakhnavi chikankari is famous all over the world.

People come to shop the fabric from all over India. You would find the best of chikankari works at the Lucknow Chowk.

The process involves the following 5 steps.

  1. Design
  2. Engraving
  3. Block printing
  4. Embroidery
  5. Washing and finishing

The Chowk is a shopping destination for the local people as well as the tourists. Apart from embroidered chikankari workpieces, you would also find a huge range of itra, beautifully embroidered shoes, lampshades, jewelry, etc.

4. Visit The Rumi Darwaza

A sixty feet tall gateway build in the Awadhi style, The Rumi Darwaza is a striking beauty standing in the heart of the old city of Lucknow.

It stands between the Bar and Chota Imambara and is visited by tourists throughout the year. The Darwaza looks even more resplendent at night.

The structure is an example of the excellent craftsmanship of the era.

Rumi Darwaza
The Rumi Darwaza (Turkish Gate) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh state of India, is an imposing gateway. It is an example of Awadhi architecture.

5. Visit The Famous Lucknow Zoo

The Lucknow Zoo is popularly known as the Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan, is home to numerous mammals, reptiles, avifauna.

It houses several Royal Bengal tigers, White Bengal tigers, Asiatic lions, Himalayan black bears. It was built to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow.

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These words cannot do enough justice to the beauty of the city of Lucknow. You should treat yourself by visiting this cultural hub of North India. Go treat yourself to the best of Awadhi cuisine, shop your heart out at the Chowk and other markets in Lucknow, gaze at the architectural grandeur of the ancient times, and most importantly, feel the hospitality of the beautiful and warm people of Lucknow.

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