Lucknow Uttar Pradesh Travel Information

Attractions in Lucknow


The Bara Imambara - The Bara Imambara was built by Asaf-ud-Daula in the year 1784 as a part of the famine relief project where a number of labourers were chosen to build this Imambara. It is a big vaulted hall with a length of 50 m and a height of 15 m. There is also a mosque, but non-Muslims are not allowed to enter. The mosque has two tall minarets in the courtyard complex, which lies on the left side of the well.

Chota Imambara - The Husainabad Imambada is also known as Chhota Imambada. This Imambada was the creation of Mohammed Ali Shah, who built it in 1837. It is believed to be the mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Shah himself. The Imambada also encloses a tank with small imitations of the Taj Mahal on each side. One of those imitations is the tomb of Mohammed's daughter and the other one is of her husband. The main Imambada is topped by a golden dome, which is supposed to be the tomb of Ali Shah and his mother. There also lies the incomplete watchtower called the satkhanda just opposite the tomb

Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow

The construction of this tower was withdrawn when Ali Shah died in 1840 and only the four storeys were made. There is also the tallest clock tower estimated to be 67 m high overlooking the Husainabad tank. The Imambada is illuminated during the Muharram giving it a wonderful look.

The Residency - The ruins of Lucknow Residency give a clear picture of the British rule in India. It was the Mansion of the East India Company's agent in Avadh during the Sepoy Mutiny. This historical monument is situated near the Hazratganj area which is the centre of the city.

Rumi Darwaza - Among other historical monuments built by Asaf-ud-Daula one was the Rumi Darwaza, built as a relief work during the famine of 1783. Said to be an exact copy of one of the gates of Constantinople, this soaring edifice, which is 60 feet high, can match any similar structure in point of beauty and splendour.

Chatter Manzil - Near Chowk, is an imposing building whose construction was started by Nawab Ghazi Haider but was completed by his successor, Nawab Nasiruddin Haider. The main attractions include huge underground rooms and a beautiful dome surrounded by gilt umbrella. European architectural influences can also be seen.

Jami Masjid - To the western side of the Husainabad Imambada lies the Jami Masjid. The construction of the Masjid was started by Mohammed Shah and was completed by his wife after his death in the 1840s. Jami Masjid is the largest mosque of Lucknow. Though non-Muslims are not allowed to worship here, one can see the wonderful paintings on the ceilings with the leaf and fruit bowl patterns.

Quick Getaways near Lucknow

Faizabad - Faizabad, situated 124 km from Lucknow, was once the capital of Avadh. Easily reachable by both trains and buses, this place houses the Fort Calcutta built by the third Nawab of Avadh, Suja-ud-Daula. Besides this, one can also visit the mausoleum of Bahu Begum and Gulab Bari.

Ayodhya - Just 6 km away from Faizabad is the holy town Ayodhya where one of the most popularincarnations of Lord Vishnu and the hero of the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram, was born. It has a large number of temples all over the town. The atmosphere of the town is filled with religious fervour and piety.

Sravasti - Situated 150 km northwest of Lucknow is Sravasti. The Buddhist monastery Jetavana is an important site here, as it is believed that Lord Gautama Buddha preached here after he got his enlightenment. After the death of Buddha, this monastery got royal patronage.
Quick Getaways near Lucknow

Events in Lucknow

Lucknow Mahotsava - Lucknow Mahotsav is a major event today, which is celebrated in the months of November/December. In this 10-day festival, events like plays, classical and semi classical music and dance recitals, kite flying and Tonga races take place. There are music and dance programs of the Lucknow gharana (the genre of Lucknow), Kathak dances, ghazal (verse) and thumri (light classical songs often based on the Radha-Krishna love theme), poetry soirées, folk dance and drama.

Getting There & Away to Lucknow

Flights to Lucknow
Lucknow is well connected with the other important towns and cities of the country by air. Most of the domestic flight operators have regular scheduled flights to the Lucknow airport Amausi, which is about 15 km away from the main city area. Regular flights operate from Lucknow to Delhi, Patna, Calcutta, Varanasi, Bombay and Kanpur.
Trains to Lucknow
Almost all the major train routes touch this city. Trains connect Lucknow with important towns like Kanpur, Delhi, Gorakhpur, Bombay,Calcutta, New Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Allahabad, Farizabad, Varanasi, Agra, Dehradun, Hardwar, Kathgodam, Nainital, etc.
Car and Bus service to Lucknow
Lucknow is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major towns of Uttar Pradesh and surrounding areas. Buses operate to important towns like Kanpur, Allahabad, Agra, Varanasi, Delhi, Gorakhpur, Sumauti, Farizabad and Naini Tal.

Getting Around in Lucknow

From the airport, taxis are available to the city. The sights in the old city are all close enough to each other to visit in a cycle-rickshaw or shared tempo. If you really want to explore, then you should consider hiring a taxi.
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