Lucknow Tourism

Heritage, Religious

Ideal Duration : 1-2 days Best Time : Oct-Mar
Visit 31 Places
"The city of Nawabs" Lucknow Tourism A city of kebabs and nawabs, of architecture and history, of literature and culture ? that is Lucknow in a nutshell for you. The capital and the largest city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, situated on the banks of river Gomti, welcomes you with a heartwarming note of "Muskuraiyein, kyunki aap Lucknow mein hai". Known as the ?City of Nawabs?, Lucknow has a charm to it that is hard to resist. While the city itself is rich and opulent, the people of Lucknow also follow an endearing 'pehle aap' (you first) culture, which always leaves behind a smile on the faces of its visitors. From a slice of rich colonial history to modernized museums, the 'City of Nawabs' beautifully brings together the opulence of a glittering past and the simplicity of a modern city. Rumi Darwaza, the Mughal Gateway built in the centre of the capital divides Lucknow into the 'Old Lucknow' which is ancient, more crowded, and comprises most of the Muslim population, and the 'New Lucknow' which is urban and one of the most planned cities of Asia. Old Lucknow is home to the iconic Mughal monument known as the Bara Imambara, where you will find the Bhool Bhulaiya, which is basically a complex, an intricately designed labyrinth with around 500 almost-identical doors and around a thousand passageways connected by multiple flights of stairs. The Bara Imambara is an architectural marvel in and of itself and is an exemplary embodiment of Awadhi architecture and culture. Close by, Husainabad Clock Tower exhibits traces of Victorian architecture, while Moti Mahal serves as an excellent vantage point for bird watching. Most of Old Lucknow is well-known for its bustling, vibrant streets, its authentic, mouth-watering kebab and biriyani outlets, its lakhnavi chikan market, and its wholesale jewellery stores. New Lucknow, on the other hand, hosts people of varied cultures and is structurally planned with wide r What's Great? Market rates are low. Rich culture and heritage. What's not so Great? Not very clean. Traffic maintenance is not so good. Bad roads in some areas. For Whom The city of Lucknow is a unique blend of ancient and modern. Dotted with extraordinary monuments, Lucknow is ideal for art and history lovers. Sourced from the kitchens of the Nawabs, the cuisine of Lucknow makes it a divine treat for food lovers.

History Of Lucknow Lucknow - popularly known as the ?City of Nawabs? and ?City of Tehzeeb? dates back to the Suryavanshi Dynasty. It is believed that Lord Laxman, brother of Lord Rama laid the foundation of the city on the banks of river Gomti; the city was then called Laxmanpur. However, the city only came to notice in the 18th century during the Mughal rule. It was a province of the traditional Awadh Pradesh and ruled by the Delhi Sultanate. Under the rule of the Nawabs, the city flourished in all aspects including food, music, art, dance, handicrafts etc. Later, the city came in the hands of the East India Company under the British rule. It played a key part in a lot of freedom movements. Upon independence in 1947, Lucknow became the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. City of Nawabs Situated on the banks of river Gomti and occupying the central region of the Heritage Arc, Lucknow has been winning hearts of tourists for its Nawabi finesse for ages. Believed to be founded by Lakshmana, the ancient city is known worldwide for its 'Tehzeeb' and unique fusion of ancient and colonial cultures. The former capital of the Nawabs, the city was once an artistic hub, evident from the several grand monuments present in the city today. Also, the epicentre of the 1857 War of Independence, the history of the city is intriguing to a common man even today. The Grand Bazaars Lucknow is home to some century old markets like the Hazratganj market which retains its grandeur and charm even today, in spite of several modernisations. These markets, popular for 'zardousi' and 'chikan' embroidery are major attractions for shopaholics. The street food and lip smacking delicacies of Lucknow comprising of kebabs and biryani is another feature which attracts tourists to the city again and again.

Itinerary Day 1-Start off your tour with exploring the Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara and Rumi Darwaza. Visit the picture gallery in the afternoon.Day 2-Visit the Clock Tower Dilkusha Garden, Shah Najaf Imambara and Moti Mahal.Day 3-Visit the Kaiserbagh Palace, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary or indulge in a food walk across the city. Explore the colourful markets in the evening.

Restaurants and Local Food in Lucknow Lukhnow's cuisine borrows much of its royalty, grandeur and elaborate delicacies from its glittering past, while is vibrant, colourful and sparkling with a rich street food culture. Mughal delicacies like the countless varieties ofKebabs as well as Tikkas, Roomali Rotiare the dishes that one must try in Lucknow. They are available in various styles and versions and in almost every food outlet, while the older areas of the city can offer you authentic flavors of the Mughlai food. Galouti kebabsare a very typical Lucknow specialty - extremely soft mutton kebabs made with chopped papaya. An equally lip-smacking item that you can't miss in Lucknow is theBiryani.Other than these do indulge inSheermal, Nahari and Kulcha, Kheer, Jalebis, Chaat, Kofta, Samosa, Qulfi, Petha, Kachoriand countless more relishes. Read:A Guide to Street Food of Lucknow View 7 Restaurants in Lucknow >>

Oct-Maris the best time to visit Lucknow October to March is the best time to visit Lucknow. December and January could be a little foggy, which might mean trains and flights getting delayed occasionally. However, the weather is pleasant and good for roaming around. The summers are particularly very warm and should be avoided. Lucknow could be visited during July-September as well, but rains might be a little hindrance and could delay your day plans. Weather in Lucknow Loading... Lucknow in Summer (April - June) The dry and harsh weather keep tourists away from Lucknow in summers. The temperature may soar as high as 45 degrees Celcius in this season which makes sightseeing difficult. Lucknow in Monsoon (July - September) Monsoons in Lucknow arrive late but are equipped with high rainfall. Temperature varies between 25 to 35 degrees Celcius in this season. Though humidity in this season is high, a good number of tourists visit Lucknow in these months. Lucknow in Winter (October - March) The moderate sunlight and pleasant breeze in October makes a trip to Lucknow extremely enjoyable for tourists. Though temperature in winter nights can go as low as 8 degrees Celcius, the season attracts a lot of tourists due to the comfortable day weather. Monthly Weather in Lucknow Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C) January 9 22 February 11 27 March 16 33 April 24 40 May 26 41 June 29 41 July 28 34 August 27 34 September 27 34 October 22 34 November 14 29 December 10 22