I visited Lucknow in November end in 2017 on my way to Allahabad. It boasts of a rich cultural heritage. I had always wanted to visit the artistic hub. The city sits pretty on the shore of Gomti River. It is mildly cold in Lucknow in November but pleasant enough to explore the city comfortably. Apart from the architectural marvels, it is known for the delicacies it offers.
I visited the Bara Imambara. I was mesmerized by the grandeur. It literally translates to a big, sacred hall. The Bhool Bhulayia or the maze makes it unique. It is recommended to take a guided tour. Next up was the Rumi Darwaza. Standing tall, this gateway is also known as the Turkish gate. It marks the entrance to the old Lucknow city. We visited the old Lucknow market to pick a few signature Chikankari cloth patterns from Lucknow and to try the street food at the Chowk.
A trip to Lucknow would be incomplete without visiting the Residency as it holds a lot of archeological significance. It is a cluster of ruins in the heart of the city surrounded by a garden. Lucknow houses various parks as well. The iconic site – Hazratganj was also on my list. We could not visit it due to the ongoing construction of the extension of the Lucknow metro. It is a hub for shopping and restaurants. Lucknow is known for its Awadhi cuisine. Tunday kebab, Galouti kebabs, is one of the most popular dishes in Lucknow apart from the biryani, kulchas, desserts, and paan.
Lucknow is well connected by road, rail, and air. Major national Highways meet at the Hazratganj Intersection in Lucknow. The main long distance railway station is located at Charbagh. Direct flight connections to Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport are available from major cities. Visit Lucknow to experience the richness of the Nawabs and the Kebabs 🙂