Lucknow, the “City of Nawabs” has something for everyone irrespective of your age group and your taste. Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh and is one of the most culturally rich cities of India. Basically the city is dated back to Mughals and British Rule. One can easily find the places of his/her interest, be it historical, natural or happening. Let’s see what Lucknow is offering you.
If you are fond of heritage places and love exploring the cultural history of India, then Lucknow will never dissappoint you. Bada Imambara is also known as Asfi Imambara, after the name of Nawab who got it constructed. The construction of this Imambara was started back in 1785. Basically it is known for Bhool Bhulaiya which is located on the 1st floor and above, the Shahi Bowli which is in the same campus & the blocked tunnels which are rumored to Faizabad, Agra, Allahabad & even to Delhi. Because of the heritage value, Bada Imambara has become the synonym of Lucknow. With Bada Imambara one can also witness the glory of Chota Imambara and Rumi Darwaza with is nearby to this place.
Timing : Sunrise to Sunset
Entry fee : ₹ 25.00 (Indian)
₹ 500.00 (Foreigner)
REGIONAL SCIENCE CITY
If you are science lover, you love technology, or you want to know more about the solar system, then this is a must visit place whenever you are in Lucknow. The science city is very well maintained and one can easily learn too many things here. If you are a student then I will advise you to go here. In the science city there are different 3D and 2D shows conducted, which you can watch as per your interest .The main objective of the government behind this science city is to create scientific awareness in public. No wonder one can learn the things at any age, and the Science City is perfect example of it .
Timing – 9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M
This is one of the oldest and most happening market in Lucknow and probably favourite place of the youth. If you want to do branded or non branded shopping, this place offers everything. Almost there is everything in this market for you, from International brand showrooms to street market, from famous food chains to local eateries.
The one thing which attracts the tourists towards the market is the uniform colour of the shops and the old structure of buildings. Locals refers this market as ‘GANJ’. If you are in Hazratganj then don’t forget to eat the famous basket chat of ROYAL CAFE and the pani-puri from the street vendors near cathedral church.
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Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, ZOO
As I said there is something for everyone, so here it comes if you love animals and birds, then you must visit the Lucknow zoo. In the zoo there are 447 Mammals, approx. 348 birds and 56 Reptiles species altogether. It is a very good picnic spot too. There is a toy train in the zoo itself, which covers almost the entire ZOO. The most attracting thing about the zoo is there is a ‘KING OF ANIMAL’ (LION). One can also find Bear, Royal Bengal Tiger and White Tiger and many more.
Timing – 8.30 A.M – 5.30 P.M
Closed on Monday
RIVER FRONT & 1090 CHAURAHA
It doesn’t matter either you are old or young, North-Indian or South-Indian you gone love this place. This is the favourite hangout destination for teenagers in Lucknow with very pleasant scenic views of the Gomti River and the fountains. The moment you enter the street you will be awestruck by the 6 lane roads and the beautiful illuminated street lights. There are lot of varieties of food vendor on the whole strech. The most famous street food are available on the chinese trucks, ice-creams shops and the momo vendors. Best time to go is from the evening till mid-night.
AMINABAD & CHOWK MARKET
Chikan Embroidery Work of Lucknow is famous and very renowned because of its simplicity and for its unique hand embroidery. If you are in Lucknow and you wanna buy souvenir for your dear ones, chikanka kurta/dress material is the best option. The most important thing, you don’t have to think much for buying this souvenirs as in the market of Aminabad and Chowk you can easily get this from very reasonable rate to higher designer range. The rates depends on the level of chikan embroidery and the cloth used to make the final products. Lucknow offers this authentic ethnics for both Male and Female. If you are man you can go for White Chikan Kurta, and as obvious women don’t neend to think because they have a plenty of options they can go with long kurti or short kurta or typical Indian Suit of chikan or just a bottom wear. Another exciting thing about these markets are the Awadhi Cuisine. Both placs are well known for kababs and biryani. From Tundey Kababs to Mubeen’s & Idrees biryani. So you don’t need to starve while shopping.
Thursday Closed (But you can still go there if you want to buy products from street vendors).
AMBEDKAR MEMORIAL PARK
The park was constructed during the tenure of Mayawati, the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2008. The park is dedicated to Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, the ‘father of Indian Constitution’. When you will enter the park you can witness the Pratibimbh Sthal, here there are 62 elephants on both the sides. There is one stupa in the park which is known as Ambedkar Stupa. The most significant thing about the park is the bronze statue of DR. Bhimrao Ambedkar which is placed in Ambedkar bhawan and at the base of the statue there is a message – “Mera Jivan Sangharsh hi mera Sandesh h”. Just opposite to Memorial there is a Museum too that you can visit and know more about the life of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. This park is very well known for its beauty and architecture using red marble stones. For localities it’s a place to hangout in the evening. A must visit this place to enjoy history, beauty and recreation at a same time.
Do let us know in the comment section which is your favourite place to visit in Lucknow.
The article has been submitted by Ms. Abhishree Nagar