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Lucknow

Introduction

Lucknow is a land of culture and tradition. Noted for manners and hospitality, the city is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. Dotted with the remains of the rich past, Lucknow is also popular for mouth-watering cuisines, the fine embroidery called Chikankaari and manicured gardens. Culture in Lucknow is the blend of two cultures Hindu and Muslim. This home to two languages is the birth place of many popular poets. The Mushaira is the inseparable part of the night-life of Lucknow. The delicious Awadhi and Mughlai food can be enjoyed in the old streets of the city.

History

The city is believed to get its name from Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Ram. After getting the orders of Lord Ram, his younger brother established different monuments here after which the city got the name Lucknow. Later the city got several rulers. After that, the British rulers took over the administration.

Main Tourist Attractions

Bara Imambara and Bhool Bhulaiya

This is an impressive tomb complex and a labyrinth. Built in 1783, the complex is the evidence of  Mughal architecture. It is crumbling but beautiful. The architecture took 14 years for establishment.

Chhota Imambara

Built by the third Nawab of Avadh, the mausoleum is imposing. This architecture of 1837 is a prime attraction after Bara Imambara. Every year a large number of tourists visit this place to witness the royalty and grandeur of the royal era.

La Martiniere College

La Martiniere College is also popular with a name Constantia. Counted amongst the oldest schools in the nation, the college was built in 1840. The efforts of maintenance have kept it in its purest form. The place is worth-paying a visit during Lucknow tour.

Husainabad Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar)

This is a British landmark. Set amidst a park, Husainabad Clock Tower is a perfect sight to enjoy the views of sunset. The place is noted as one of the most visited place in the region. Built in 1881, this clock tower is counted amongst the the finest example of artistic skills of the the people of British time.

Other popular attractions of Lucknow include, Ruins of the Lucknow Residency and Museum, Crocodile sanctuary, Qaiserbagh complex, The Ram Krishna Math and The Zoo/Museum.

You can also visit Botanical Gardens, Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Buddha Park, Shaheed Smarak, Cathedral School, Farangi Mahal, Colvin Taluqdars College and Dilkusha ruins.

Shopping

Chikankaari is the embroidery work that has made Lucknow popular across the globe in terms of trading. This fine work is mostly done on the cotton clothes but now it is also available on different kind of clothes.

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