Lucknow – The capitol of Uttar Pradesh ,is located 100km from the city of Kanpur. Also known as the city of Nawabs, Lucknow is a blend of crafts, culture and cuisine. It is an important center of governance, design, culture, tourism, It continues to be an important centre of governance, administration, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry.
Places to See
- Bada Imambada- The Bada Imambada is a shrine built by the Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in 1784. The complex includes the Asfi mosque and the 'Bhulbhulaiya'. Generally it is open on all days of the week,except Monday, between 6 A.M. to 6 P.M. and the ticket costs around 30/- per person.
- Chota Imambada- The Chota Imambara was built in 1838 by Nawab Muhammad Shah Ali. The complex also serves as the tomb for the Nawab who is buried there alongside his mother.
- British Residency- British Residency is regarded as a National Monument and is one of the major sites of the Revolt of 1857 and the historic battle known as the Seige of Lucknow. The structure though in ruins after the battle has been preserved till date and is a major tourist attraction.
- Ambedkar Memorial Park-Spread across an area of 107 acres , the modern architectural monument is dedicated to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. The entire monument is built in red sandstone which was brought from the areas of Rajasthan. The park is located in Gomti Nagar.
- Other famous monuments in the city include:
- The Lamartiniere boy's college
- Rumi Darwaza
- Chattar Manzil
Popular Food Joints
The Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow is famous all over the country. Some of the most popular dishes of the city include - kebabs , biryani, chaat, nihari, makhan malai, kulfi to name a few. Some of the most famous establishments of the city that serve these dishes are:
- Tundey Kababi: Located in the bustling aminabad area, the 100 year old shop is famous for it's kebabs. It's most famous- the Gilawati kebab was especially made for the Nawab of Lucknow himself. Due to it's popularity multiple outlets and copies of the restaurant have sprung up in the city.
- Prakash Kulfi: Located in Aminabad, close to Tundey Kebab, Prakash ki Kulfi is among the best places to have dessert. Kulfi falooda is its main attraction.
- Royal Cafe: Located in the Hazratganj market in the heart of the city, the Royal Cafe's chaat is claimed to be the best in the city . It is especially famous for it's basket chaat.
Some of the major markets in Lucknow are Aminabad, Kapoorthala, Hazratganj and Janpath. Hazratganj – located in the heart of the city is home to bazaars, retail complexes, restaurants, hotels, theatres and offices. 'Ganjing' in this victorian styled market is a popular activity. Here you will also find shops selling Chikan work .It is a very famous thread embroidery work that is done by the skilled craftsmen of Lucknow. For exquisite jewellery, you can go to Gadbadjhala, which is reputed for its jewellery shops. The city also boasts of malls like Sahara Ganj, Fun Republic and the East End Mall.
How to get there ?
One day Lucknow trips are highly popular among campus residents which incorporates – leaving early in the morning , sightseeing during the day, returning at nightfall. Travelling from Kanpur to Lucknow by road takes approximately 2.5 hours. For one day trips, booking a cab from Kanpur for the whole day is a good option. As a cheaper alternative multiple inter-city trains run between the two cities throughout the day. Pearl Internation Tours and Travels Ltd. (Shopping Centre, IITK) can help with the bookings.