Best Reasons To Visit Lucknow – The City Of Nawabs !!


Agar aap tehzeeb aur nazaakat se
ittefaaq rakhte hain,
Beshaq muskuraiye ki aap
lucknow mein hain

Lucknow is a place where etiquette is of prime importance combined with the sweetness of spoken language – Urdu !!

It provides multiple spots for a traveller to indulge in. This blog aims to give readers new insights into beautiful locations you can visit in Lucknow and weave beautiful memories.

How to reach Lucknow?

This city is well connected – by air, railways, and road.

  • By Air: The Lucknow airport is also known as Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. Anyone can reach Lucknow from all the metro cities and most big cities across India. VistaraAir IndiaIndigoSpiceJet, and Go Air commute here. Moreover, the airport is now linked with Lucknow Metro for better and easy navigation through the airport.
  • Railways: The Lucknow railway station is popularly known as “Charbagh”. It has got two railway terminals – a) one belongs to Northern railways(Main terminal) and b) the other one belongs to Northern Eastern Railways. It is comfortably connected with almost all the big cities in India. The trains from all the railway zones pass through this city. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India. Additionally, it is now connected with Lucknow Metro too.
  • Road: Lucknow is not lagging behind in road connectivity as well. It is well connected to the major cities in India through National Highway 27, National Highway 270(Under Construction), Kanpur – Lucknow Expressway and State Highways. Lucknow has now got a well built Interstate Bus Terminal at Alambagh. This terminal is connected through Lucknow Metro as well.

Lucknow has a Metro Rail network, which makes intra- city travel more affordable and without traffic. This Metro line starts from Lucknow Airport and ends at Munshipulia. FYI.

Aasteen mein ab bhi wo, adab-o- jazbaat
liye firta hun,
rahun kahin bhi, thoda sa lucknow
saath liye firta hun

How to travel within Lucknow?

There are many options you can avail to travel within the city – three-wheelers (the common term is auto), shared tempo. There are also state-run buses, or sometimes you can find rickshaws pulled by men. These days, we have e-rickshaws for shorter distances.

Places to visit

Bara Imambara

 The Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara are historical monuments that the Lucknowites( people of Lucknow) are proud of. “Bara” means big, and “Imambara” means a shrine for the Shia Muslims. It was built by Nawab of Awadh – Asaf-Ud-Daulah in 1780s. The vast complex includes the Asafi Mosque, a step-well or a Bawli and the famous labyrinth – Bhool Bhulaiya.

Few things you have to keep in mind:

  • Usually, it is open from 6 am to 5 pm.
  • The entrance fee for Indians is Rs 50, and for foreign nationals, it is Rs 500.
  • It is advisable to take a guide with you to enhance your experience and knowledge about the place.
  • Once you are inside the main building, you will be advised to remove your shoes. Temporary shoes/socks will be provided there itself.
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Bara Imambara

Chota Imambara

Chota Imambara, also called Hussainabad Imambara, standing to the west of Bara Imambara, was built by Muhammad Ali Shah (1837-42), the Nawab of Awadh 1838. It was constructed as an Imambara.

It is a highly embellished, ornate structure with a gilded dome, several turrets, and eye-catching chandeliers imported from Belgium.

FYI – There is an entrance fee for admission on the premises.

Rumi Darwaza

This beautiful Darwaza was built under the rule of Nawab of Awadh – Asaf- Ud-Daulah. It is also one of the most visited historical monuments in Lucknow. It is better known as the Turkish Gate of Lucknow. This gate was designed similarly to the Gateway of Istanbul, called the East Home. Thus, the name Rumi means Rome.

One exciting thing about this splendid gate is how it looks from the opposite sides. From one side, 3 beautifully designed arches are visible, but from the other side, there is only one big arch.

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Rumi Darwaza

Adhoora qissa likh kar,
panne mod aya hun
khud ka ek tukda,
lucknow chodh aya hun


No visit to Lucknow is complete without doing “Ganjing”. It is a famous term for strolling around leisurely in the HazratGanj area. There are many branded outlets of clothing, shoes, and fashion, and the famous Sahoo theatre is now converted into PVR cinemas and sweet shops. Basically, it is a place where you can spend your time without any worry.

For the benefit of people, there is now centralised parking which can hold a considerable number of two-wheelers and four-wheelers.

Hazratganj is the heart of Lucknow city

Ambedkar Memorial Park

It is one of the most photographed parks in Lucknow. It was built beside the Gomati River in Gomati Nagar under the government of Ms Mayawati, former CM of Uttar Pradesh. This memorial is dedicated to Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution. It has a sprawling campus of 108 Acres, which looks stunning at any time of the day.

Many Bollywood songs have been shot here. It is a popular place among youngsters.

There are other equally beautiful and popular parks, and they are located in the vicinity of each other – Janeshwar Mishra Park and Ram Manohar Lohiya Park.

Ambedkar Memorial Park


It is one of the oldest markets in Asia. It is trendy among the local people for “Chikan” work – the unique craft prevalent in the whole world and Zardozi work. It is the market for people who can bargain. This market is crowded all day long. It is famous for its clothing materials. It is also well known for food items Tunday Kabab and Prakash Kulfi.

Kashish-e-lucknow, are tauba
fir wahin hum, fir wahi aminabad

Apart from these attractions, you can visit – Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Lucknow Zoo, Lucknow Botanical Garden, Kathak dance shows, Fun Republic Mall, Sahara Ganj Mall, and Ekana Cricket Stadium.

The newest attraction in the town is Phoenix Palassio Mall, located beside Shaheed path. It is built on vast premises, and it comprises all world’s leading brands, from Clothing to Retail.

Which is the best season to visit?

Usually, there is no best season to visit this beautiful city. If anyone asked, the specific season would be from late September to February to enjoy this city to the fullest. But, as this is a North Indian city, try to avoid the harsh and dry summer season.

Where to stay?

The accommodation is relatively easy to find in this city. From luxurious to affordable, there is no shortage of options. Hotel Taj, JW Marriot, and Piccadilly are a few top hotels in Lucknow. Cheap rooms/hotels can be found across the city.

In the end, Lucknow is a place which is rich in cultural heritage, etiquette, food richness, and educational hub. It will make everyone feel safe if anyone visits this place.

Wo aabo-hawa,
wo sukoon kahin aur nhi milta,
milte hain sheher bahut, par,
lucknow sa nahi milta

In the end

If you’re looking for a magnificent and historic city in India, add Lucknow. With its grand architecture, fascinating museums, and delicious cuisine, there’s something for everyone in this city. And with so many great places to see, you’ll always have things to do here. So start planning your trip to Lucknow today – you won’t regret it!

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