The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, is perhaps one of those few places in India which is popular for its speckless and rich history and culture. Once the seat of power to the Awadhi nawabs, the historical city of Lucknow showcases a perfect blend of ancient culture and modernity. Let’s take a look at some of the famous tourist attractions in Lucknow.
The people of Lucknow successfully manage to present an appealing old-world charm, despite having an era of unprecedented growth and booming economy. The ‘Lucknawi’ tehzeeb is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet with its captivating gestures and hospitality. The best part about touring this historical city is that despite being a seat of administration to the state government, Lucknow never lets you feel like being present in a capital city and always maintains that fine line. With historically rich cities like Varanasi, Allahabad and Kanpur situated in its vicinity, touring Lucknow is like turning the pages of India’s illustrious past.
Being a capital city, Lucknow is well connected with other major cities in the country and you can easily find a Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata or Mumbai to Lucknow flight to reach your destination. The Nawabi influence can easily be seen in each and every brick of its households. From food to music and from dance forms to literature, Lucknow is credited with offering the best of art forms to the nation. Still today, you can find either of these present in a prominent way and enjoy through various concerts and exhibitions.
Where at one corner you have amazing restaurants and age-old eateries stirring centuries old recipes under the Awadhi cuisine, there are ‘mehfils’ being conducted on weekends to explore and showcase the magic of words through Urdu Shayari and Qawwali. Musically, the city also presents a wonderful image, with skilled artists performing on sitar, tabla and sarod at classical nights and Lucknow Mahotsav. If you like moving your feet to music, the classical dance of Kathak was also originated here.
The ancient monuments in the city are a living mark of the architectural brilliance of the people of Lucknow. Historically the city was under the rule of several kingdoms, from Hindu to Muslim kings and from Mughals to the British. As a result of which, the structures in the city resembles a mixed form of engineering. Tourist places like Kaiserbagh Palace, Shah Najaf Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, and Taluqdar Hall are some of the fine specimen you should definitely visit. Under the British regime, Lucknow became a centre of controversy with the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. This happened when the Indian troops under the British were introduced with new cartridges covered in a grease made from animal fats, which could not be used by the Hindu-Muslim soldiers. Though the main rebellion happened in Meerut, its echoes were heard as far as in Bhopal and Lucknow, which was the regional headquarters.
So if you’re planning to explore the marvels in Lucknow tourism, don’t forget to make proper travel arrangements before hand. Being the most populous state in the country, getting a desired travel and accommodation facility could be hectic. Several leading air carriers offers regular flights to the city. And, while you’re travelling to Lucknow, don’t forget to dig into some legendary Mughlai delicacies such as tikkas and kebabs.