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Lucknow
 
Lucknow
 

Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, thrives along the banks of Gomti river. The city, Awadh and Uttar Pradesh fell to the British during imperialistic era . Today, Lucknow is dotted with remnants of its rich cultural past.

Lucknow is also known for its elaborate cuisine and Chikankaari or exquisite shadow-work embroidery on fine muslin cloth.

Lucknow is a historically important city and for many centuries was at the heart of North Indian culture. In particular, the city was famous for its Adab and Tehzeeb (manners and hospitality), intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens and dance forms such as Kathak. It was also one of the sites of the 1857 Indian Mutiny (or First War of Indian Independence). The Hindi spoken in Lucknow is considered the most beautiful and gentle in the country. Currently the city has a population of around 2.5 million.

Lucknow is the heart of the art, cuisine, dance, culture and music of Northern India. It was the cradle of the Hindu-Muslim-Sikh symbioses that made India great. It brought in the best of various cultures and accepted Western institutions like La Martiniere in her womb. It was made famous by the soft-spoken, and sweet tongued, Awadh-Lucknowai culture that was based on civilized behaviour toward fellow human beings. Lucknow is the home of Urdu, Hindustani and Hindi languages. The city became known as a centre for Urdu poetry and courtly presence and diction, being the birthplace and city of residence for many poets. The Mushaira, an event of poetry recitation forms the heart of Lucknow's nightlife where Mushairas go on into the wee hours of the night. Lucknow's only rival in Northern India was Delhi, though Lucknowies were always embroiled in a healthy rivalry with Delhi, home of the famous poet Ghalib and others. Lucknow is also famous for its sweetmeat, the sweet shops in the old city dates to 1850s. Awadhi and mughlai food is the delight of the visitors to Lucknow.

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Places of interest are spread out over a large distance, therefore will require the use of taxis or rickshaws. Cycle rickshaws contribute less polution to this historic city than their motorised cousins, and provide work to some who need it most.

Bara Imambara and Bhool Bhulaiya: A large and impressive tomb complex built in 1783. There is an interesting labyrinth too. You could easily spend half a day wandering around these beautiful but crumbling examples of Mughal architechture. A 300 rupees ticket (for foreigners) gets you in here, to the Chhota Imambara and to the clock tower and picture gallery too, so do not lose your ticket. Please note that lone couples are not allowed to enter with out a guide. Such prohibition is not brought to notice while buying the entry ticket.

* Rumi Darwaza.

Chhota Imambara: An imposing mausoleum built by the third Nawab of Avadh in 1837. edit

La Martiniere College: La Martiniere College is one of the oldest schools in the country. It was built in 1840 and started as a school in 1845. The school building is still well mantained. The best time to visit is either in the morning at around 8AM, when one can see the assembly, or after the school finishes at 1:30PM. This landmark building has also featured in several Bollywood movies.

Husainabad Clock Tower: A British landmark, set in a park with the somewhat poorly curated Pîcture gallery, and a lake. A great place for sunset.

Ruins of the Lucknow Residency and Museum: The bloody history of the demise of this Raj era compound is immortalised in the Museum in the Basement (105 rupees for foreigners to enter the Residency and Museum). This was the scene of the 1857 First Battle for Indepencence, referred to by the British as `The Indian Mutiny.´ Although you can still clearly see numerous canon ball marks in the ruined buildings, thankfully it is a peaceful place today. So much so in fact, that you are likely to stumble across couples taking a little private time in the leafy shady groves. The Residency is clealy recognised by the locals and tourists alike as a breezy haven to escape from the bustle and dust of a busy Indian city.

* Dilkusha ruins.

* Qaiserbagh complex

* Crocodile sanctuary at Kukrail.

* The Ram Krishna Math, Nirala Nagar.

* The Zoo/Museum, closed on Monday.

* Botanical Gardens. 6AM-8:30AM.

* Indira Gandhi Planetarium

* Buddha Park.

* Shaheed Smarak.

* Cathedral School, Hazaratganj.

Farangi Mahal: The Oxford and Cambride of India author/poet Shibli Naumani. For more details see book by Dr. Francis Robinson on the Ulema of Farangi Mahal.

Colvin Taluqdars College: A must see place it has great architecture built in 1869 named after Sir Auckland Colvin.

Deva Shariff, around 30 km from the city, A place of worship and faith where people from all the religions gather, a symbol of unity and love.

* Amrapali water park.

* Ambedkar Park.

* Rammanohar Lohiya park

 
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