Places to Visit in Lucknow
3 years ago
Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh is often referred as the ‘Heart of Uttar Pradesh’ because of its Geographical position and the blend of culture and tradition that is found here. One finds the top schools and universities of UP, planned colonies, cultural and heritage monuments and parks, the famous ‘Chikankari’ clothes and delicious cuisines especially Kebabs and Biryani. Included in the Awadh region, this city is also called ‘The City of Nawabs’ as many rulers and kings of the Awadh province used to live here. Today also, this city has many tourist spots. So, let us have a look at some of the places to Visit in Lucknow.
This Shrine was built by Nawab Asaf Ud Daula in 1784. The word Bara means big and the word Imambara means the complex of the Shrine. Going by the name Bara Imambara is one of the largest buildings in Lucknow. Bara Imambara houses the Asfi Mosque which contains the Tomb of Nawab Asaf Ud Daula. It also has the ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ which is a labyrinth or a maze. This is surely one of the best places to visit in Lucknow due to the interesting facts associated with it.
Ambedkar Memorial Park
This is a Public park and memorial in Gomti Nagar is dedicated to the father of Indian Constitution- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar . The monument of the park was built in red sandstone and looks splendid in daylight as well as at night. It is spread across an area of 108 acres and also honors some other eminent personalities like. Kanshi Ram, Birsa Munda, Shahuji Maharaj, Jyotirao Phule. Some featuring sites of this park are Ambedkar Stupa, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Gallery, Pratibimb Sthal, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Drashya Sthal and well maintained lawns. This is a must visit place in Lucknow due to its grandeur.
Hazratganj is the epicenter for shopping in Lucknow. It has a mix of Indian and Western Culture as it has Indian Traditional bazaars as well as it has shopping complexes, restaurants, theaters etc. One can find items like Handicrafts, jewelry, handlooms, electronics, clothes, cuisines in this age old market in Lucknow. A monthly carnival is organised on the second Sunday of every month where various types of entertainment programs are also organised in addition to special bazaars. Going to Hazratganj is definitely recommended if one goes to Lucknow.
This historical museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the whole state of Uttar Pradesh. It houses antique items from even the Gupta Empire period. There are over 1,00,000 antique items present in this magnificent museum, which include items like pottery, manuscripts, weapons, clothes and attires, artifacts, tools etc. It is obviously a delight for a person who has affinity towards Culture, tradition and history to visit this particular museum in Lucknow. Many tourists visit this place around the year.
This Zoo was established in 1921 to commemorate the arrival of the Prince of Wales. Thus, it is also known as The Prince of Wales Zoological Park. It is a large zoo, spread over an area of 71 acres. The zoo contains endangered species like Indian Wolf, The White Tiger, Hog Deer etc. It also contains various species of reptiles, birds and animals like elephants, giraffes. This is a nice refreshing place to visit in Lucknow.
Although this residency exists as ruins now, people who are keen on history would find this place interesting due to the events associated with it. It was built in 1800 AD. It used to be the residence of British Resident General until it got subjected to the ‘Siege of Lucknow’ in 1857 which was part of the 1857 War of Indian Independence. Now, it is a tourist attraction due to its historical architecture, lawns and flowerbeds.
This congregation hall is another historical monument in the city of Lucknow. It was built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah in 1838 and also serves as mausoleum for him and his mother. There is an incomplete Lunar observatory and watch tower known as the ‘Satkhanda’ outside the Imambara. This magnificent monument also has 5 main doorways, two halls and a Shehnasheen. It has beautiful architecture and calligraphy on its walls.
This was built as an imposing gateway by the Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in 1784. This 60 feet tall gateway is a beautiful example of Awadhi Architecture. It is situated between the Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara and has a Historical significance as it was the entrance of the Old city of Lucknow.