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Lucknow Uttar Pradesh Travel Information

Lucknow - The Destination

Lucknow - Aerial View

A unique ability to maintain harmony in the most turbulent of times, to assimilate the old order within the new, to look to the future seeking inspiration from the past, has been a unique trait, an exemplary attraction of this City of the Nawabs.

Lucknow rose to fame as a centre of elegant speech - its court language Urdu guarded protectively. Located on the banks of the Gomti River, Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. From ancient times ,  the  city is  known  for its silks , perfumes , jewellery, mouth -

watering cuisines, and nawabi etiquettes. As Mughal power in Delhi declined, Lucknow flourished and artisans and artists, poets and musicians flocked to the city. In fact, Lucknow could be termed the cultural centre of northern India where people are so polite that anyone would feel at home. The classic example of pehle aap (after you) shows how etiquette or tehzeeb runs in the blood of the people of Lucknow. But the city is very much able in accommodating the modernity, keeping the tradition and culture alive altogether.

The city of Lucknow thrives in monuments which speak of the eras gone by. Though much of these architectural monuments are on the decline, some of the best known structures of Lucknow are the Imambaras, and the Bhulbhulaiyan. It also continues to be home to the fine chikan embroidery executed with fine skill on fabrics, sarees and kurtas.

For a deeper insight to the city, explore the lanes of Aminabad and Chowk, for this is where the real Lucknow lies, in noisy, narrow, crowded streets, with vendors spilling on to the pavement with their merchandise. Here you will find the smells of the halwai making steaming hot jalebis and serving them with hot milk, the zardozi worker bent over at workshop, skillfully creating a masterpiece before your very eyes; the warq maker beating silver to the thinness of a fraction of millimeters between deerskin leaves; and droves of skull-capped men heeding to the call of the muezzin, heading towards the nearest mosque to say their prayers.

Avadhi cuisine—yet another indulgence of the pleasure loving Nawabs. Connoisseurs claim that Avadhi cuisine is not food; rather, it is a sensual experience. In the old days it was common to have a goat fed for weeks on saffron to flavor the meat, before cooking it all-night over a slow-fire. The city kitchens offer a wide range of kebabs - some that melt in the mouth, others flavored with up to 43 spices, and yet others who’s recipes are more closely guarded than the family jewels. There is a huge range of traditional sweets, garnished with dry fruit and decorated with pure silver foil beaten to a fine layer.

Lucknow - Facts at a Glance

State : Uttar Pradesh
Area : 310.1 sq kms
Temperature : 25°C - 45°C (Summers)
8°C - 25°C (Winters)
Altitude : 123 mts
Rainfall : 972 mm
Language : Hindi, Urdu, English
Best Season : November - March

History of Lucknow

Although Lucknow traces its origin to the Suryavanshi dynasty of Ayodhya in ancient times, and derives its name from Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama the hero of the Indian epic, Ramayana, the city came into prominence only during the 18th century. The rapid growth of Lucknow dates from 1755 when the fourth Nawab, Asaf-ud-Daula transferred the capital of Avadh from Faizabad to Lucknow and set about gifting to the city some of its most splendid architectural marvels, a tradition that was sustained by this successors. During this period, Lucknow also established its place in the field of poetry, music,

and dance. A colourful local culture, incorporating fairs and festivals also flourished alongside. A tender and courtly feel became a part of the city. In fact, even today, the city breathes history, and the sound of laughter and music, the tinkling of ankle bells and the smooth rendering of Urdu poetry (shayari) still echo through the long corridors of time. Even today, walking through the city, one encounters the kind of refined courtesy and polish that seems to belong to another age.
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