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Lucknow is a city of kebabs and nawabs, of history and design, of writing and culture. "Muskuraiyein, kyunki aap Lucknow mein hai" (Smile, because you are in Lucknow). Lucknow, sitting on the banks of the conduit Gomti, is the capital and largest city of Uttar Pradesh. As the 'City of Nawabs', Lucknow has an intrigue that is hard to ignore. It is a rich and extreme city, but the all-inclusive community of Lucknow moreover seeks after an endearing "pehle aap" (you first) culture that reliably deserts a smile on the faces of its visitors. The 'City of Nawabs' immaculately blends a piece of rich wilderness history with modernized show lobbies.

We have got you covered by listing down all the places you should visit while in Lucknow

Bara Imambara

Asaf-ud-Daula, the fourth Nawab of Awadh, built the Bara Imambara in 1784. As part of a famine relief program, it was one of the earliest attempts in Lucknow to recreate the structure of a Mughal complex. One of the few buildings in Lucknow that is completely devoid of any European elements. The building is part of the Asaf-ud-Daula Imambara Complex, which also contains a mosque, several courtyards, and a ‘bawali’ or step-well that was once used as a summer palace. Known as the largest arched building in the world, Bara Imambara's central hall measures over 15 meters tall and spans 800 square meters without needing supporting beams or pillars. Bara Imambara is also known for a second architecture marvel, the incredible maze of Bhulbhulaiya. Its labyrinthine passages connect over 489 identical doors, and if you make it to the top, you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the city. Legend holds that great treasures are hidden away in secret tunnels of this maze, so keep your eyes peeled on the way up.

Chota Imambara, Lucknow

Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Awadh, built Chota Imambara in 1838. Originally built as a congregation hall for Shia devotees, it is also called Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak. The place later served as a mausoleum for the Nawab as well as his mother. Interiors of the structure are beautifully decorated with chandeliers and crystal lamps imported from Belgium, earning it the moniker 'the Palace of Lights'. Its exteriors feature intricate Islamic calligraphy, adding to its aesthetic appeal.

Rumi Darwaza

One of the most impressive structures in all of India is the Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow. Nawab Asaf-ud-daula initiated the 'Food for Work' program to help the city's population get through a brutal famine in 1784. In that same year, the 60-foot tall gateway was completed, modeled after elaborately decorated gateways found in Constantinople (today's Istanbul), adorned with beautifully carved flowers and designs. Unlike Bara Imambara's arch (which stands to the west of Rumi Darwaza), this structure has no other supplementary fittings, such as wood or iron, to help support it from the outside. However, it remains steady even today. today. On top of the building, there is a tower space that once held a massive lantern to light up the tower at night. This is an especially grand example of Awadhi architecture and well worth a visit.

Food of Lucknow

Tunday Kebabi, Idris ki Biryani, and Rattilal's Kachori are some of the famous dishes in the city of nawabs. Apart from that, Lucknow's street-food scene is unquestionably worth investigating – and if there's one spot in the city that is home to everything, it's Chowk. Despite being old, this market is still as lively as ever - locals clamor about, vehicles blare and merchants sign for sales, shops offer all kinds of products, but don't give it a chance to disappoint you. Look for roadside stalls that sell chaat - like the gyara pani-wala pani puri, which swaps the tamarind water for 11 varieties. It's a reasonable diversion to have everything from mint and mango to ginger, green stew, and lime on the menu. Keep an eye out for slow-moving vendors selling nimish (also known as mallaiyyo or malai makhan), a light foam that comes sprinkled with saffron and pistachios.

British Residency, Lucknow

The British Residency also called the Residency or Residency Complex, is a complex of buildings that served as the residence of the British Resident General. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the place was home to over 3000 British residents built in the last quarter of the 18th century. It is currently in ruins and is a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India.

Parks of Lucknow

Recently, many parks have been constructed in Lucknow, especially in the last decade. Lohiya Park, Janeshwar Park, and Ambedkar Park are some of the famous parks in the city. Ambedkar Park is one of the best and most attractive parks in Lucknow. Dr. Ambedkar, who played an important role in drafting the Indian constitution, is commemorated throughout the concrete park. The park is enormous, so it will take you about two hours to explore it all. One of the most peaceful places to visit in Lucknow is the Gomti riverfront, which is also near the park. Until 11 p.m., the park is open. Janeshwar Park nearby is a great place to visit in Lucknow and is loved by the locals.

Hazratganj Market, Lucknow

You can find Lucknow's vibrant soul at Hazratganj Market, a century-old shopping area located in the city's heart. A shopper's paradise, the place is home to numerous showrooms, factory outlets, restaurants, shopping complexes, malls, and theatres. The Ganj Carnival, held here every second Sunday, is a major draw. In the area, don't forget to stop for lunch at the Royal Café, J.J Bakers, the Cherry Tree Café, or other eateries.

The City of Nawabs is where any ardent traveler can enjoy a tryst with history, culture, shopping, fun, spirituality, food, leisure, and more. From centuries-old British and Mughal edifices and fun-filled amusement parks to gardens, street bazaars, museums, and temples, it offers all. Lucknow is a very beautiful city with a lot of places to click Instagram-worthy pictures. Check out Travographer to hire a local photographer  Enjoy your vacation in Lucknow visit all the amazing places mentioned above.

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