Being the city of Nawabs, Lucknow is an ideal place for sightseeing . Its diverse monuments,residencies and parks resemble architectural structure from mughal to modern period of India. Besides, fun park ,Grand market and “Nawabi” cuisines adds to its effect.
Peak season –
November to March, especially when Litfest(India’s 2nd largest literature festival) is organised in November .
Where to stay:
- Gomti Nagar with homestays @ INR 1000 to lavish hotels @ INR 5000 per day. It is 14 kms from Lucknow railway station and 18 kms from Lucknow Airport. Moreover, it is the centre of all tourist spots in Lucknow.
Local Transport: There are city buses, local trains, taxi and cabs
Points of interest:
Chota Imambara :
It would take about 30 min from Gomti Nagar. It is an imposing monument of Lucknow. The large green and white
bordered hall is profusely decorated with chandeliers and crystal glass lamp stands. The exterior is beautifully adorned with Quranic verses.
- Visiting hours– 05:00-18:00
- Entry Fee: INR 25 (Indian) and INR 300 ( Foreigners)
Bara Imambara :
Here, you could enjoy
– Tonga ride
– Bhul Bhulaiya
– Largest arched hall in the world.
– Its unique architecture
- Visiting hours(Best) – 08:00-17:00
- Entry fee – INR 25(Indian),INR 500(foreigner)
- Tips: Carry torch , Get guide for INR 200
About 10 min from Bara Imambara by cab.
Here you would find:
– Banquet house,Museum
– Cemetry of the braves.
– Cannon and Bullet holes.
- Visiting hours -07:00-18:00
- Entry fee– INR 5-10(indian citizens),INR 100(Foreigners)
Zoological Garden :
15 min from the residency by cab.
You would be impressed by :
– Toy train getting you the quick overview of the zoo.
– Marine aquarium and Nocturnal house with variety of organisms.
– perfect picnic spot and boating areas.
- Visiting Hours – 09:00-18:00 (Closed on Monday and on festivals as holi,Dussehra etc.)
- Entry fee – INR 60(battery operated vehicles excluded), INR 100(vehicles included)
- Ticket price half for those less than 12 years of age.
Ambedkar park :
Buses available every 9 min. About 30 min by bus from zoological garden.
You’d be relieved off your tiredness as you’d :
– Walk between the rows of gigantic elephants.
– See clean and eye-pleasing surrounding.
– beautifully constructed statues.
- Visiting hours -09:00-19:00
- Entry fee – INR 20
A lot of bollywood songs have been shot here, one of which is “Suno na sangemarmar” from the movie Youngistan.
Furthermore, you could go out shopping at Hazratganj market, not too distant from the park.
What to Eat:
Some of the special cuisines include:
- Gelawati Kababs(Non-Veg)
- Sheermal (veg)
- Nahari(Non veg)
Gomti nagar is known for its exotic restaurants. Depending on the choices , one can dine in 5 star restaurants, celebrate with friends @800-1200 per person.
Lucknow is the place where you would see culture and heritage unified with natural beauty. Come, Visit, and Live the Nawabi.