Discover Lucknow in the populous state of Uttar Pradesh
Capital of the populous Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow offers an excellent blend of old-fashioned India with refined culture and modernity.
Lucknow is a Largest city of Uttar Pradesh. It has been listed the 17th fastest growing city in India and 74th in world. Lucknow's buildings show different styles of architecture with the many iconic buildings built during British and Mughal era.Lucknow is famous for its ghararas. It is a traditional women's outfit that originated from the Nawabs of Awadh.
Living in the shadow of Agra and Varanasi, Lucknow is perhaps one of the most underrated tourist destinations of Uttar Pradesh. Standing along the banks of Gomti River, Lucknow is the state capital and boasts of a rich tradition of culture, art, poetry, music and food. Lucknow owes its rise to prominence to the Nawabs of Avadh (Oudh) who patronized dance and music as well as the culinary arts.
Top Lucknow attractions:
The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments of the city. Also known as Asfi Imambara, after the name of the Nawab of Lucknow who got it constructed, it is an important place of worship for the Muslims who come here every year to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram. The Imambara is specially known for its incredible maze, known as Bhul Bhulaiya locally, which is located in the upper floor of the monument.
The Rumi Darwaza is a gateway in Lucknow built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-Dowlah in 1784. The 60-feet structure is modelled after the Sublime Porte (Bab-iHümayun) in Istanbul and is a fine example of Awadhi architecture.
The Chhota Imambara, or the Imambara of Hussainabad, is one of the most beautiful and attractive buildings in the old city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh in India. This imposing monument lies to the west of Bara Imambara and is a true sight to behold. The Chhota Imambara was initially a congregation hall for Shia Muslims that was built by Muhammad Ali Shah, who was the third Nawab of Awadh, in the year 1838. The Imambara was to serve as his own mausoleum as well as that of his mother, who is buried beside him in this prestigious monument. The Imambara is beautifully adorned with decorations and chandeliers at the time of special festivals, especially Muharram. In fact, this 19th-century building is also referred to as the 'Palace of Lights' by European visitors and writers because of the profuse decorations of the monument at specific events.
The British Residency of Lucknow served as a refuge for several Britishers during the uprising on 1857. The fort is now in ruins and a cemetery nearby contains the graves of the hundreds of Britishers who died during the siege. The ruins are now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Built entirely in sparkling off-white sandstone, Lucknow’s Jama Masjid is considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in India.
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