Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is situated on the banks of the Gomti River. The Gomti River originates from Phulhar Jheel (Gomat Talab), 3 km east of Pilibhit district, and flows through Lucknow, Barabanki, Sultanpur, Faizabad, and Jaunpur, along the Ganges River near the holy city of Varanasi. According to Hindu mythology, the river is the daughter of the sage Vashistha and is therefore considered sacred.
Lucknow is the heart of art, cuisine, dance, culture, and music of North India. It was the cradle of Hindu-Muslim-Sikh symbiosis that made India great. Lucknow is home to Urdu, Hindustani and Hindi languages. In particular, the city was famous for its Adab and tehzeeb (courtesy and hospitality), intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens, and dance forms like Kathak. It was one of the major sites of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 (or the First War of Indian Independence). Hindi spoken in Lucknow is considered to be the most melodious and ethereal.
Lucknow is also known for its elaborate cuisine and exquisite shade-embroidery on Chikankari or exquisite muslin cloth.
The origin and history of Lucknow are indeed intriguing to one and all. The history comes from ancient times of the Suryavanshi dynasty. It is said that Lord Rama’s brother Lakshman laid the foundation of the ancient city near the Gomti River and hence, the city was called Lakshmanpur.
However, the city gained importance in the early 18th century. This was during the second decade of the early 18th century when the great Mughal emperors began appointing the Nawabs to ensure smooth administration in the province. In the year 1732, Mohammad Amir Saadat Khan was appointed as the Nawab of Awadh, with Lucknow being a major province. Under the rule of the Nawabs, Lucknow prospered as before and much political and cultural progress was made. The city had the opportunity to prosper in every aspect including poetry, dance, music, and other nuances of the lifestyle of Lucknow, which is still an ideal.
It was when the British came to India that Lucknow was made an administrative capital. Many rebellions took place during the British rule by the indigenous people and many horrific events left Lucknow with unpleasant memories. However, since independence, it has progressed rapidly, merging the past with the present in the present.
I would like to share some historical places to visit in Lucknow-
Bara Imambara- Formed by the fourth Nawab of Awadh Asaf-ud-Daula at Bara Imambara in 1784, formally known as Imambara-e-Asafi. The structure is known for its unique construction — the thick slab vault roof has no girders or beams as support. Instead, the roofs are supported by the interlocking system of bricks.
Maze – Another major interesting feature of the monument is the Maze Maze, called the Maze Maze, which is located on the upper floor of the Bara Imambara. No one is allowed to enter without a guide. After exploring the labyrinth, one can visit the terrace, a beautiful panorama of a city that is breathtaking.
Rumi Darwaza– Rumi Darwaza, which rises to a height of 60 feet, is one of the most impressive architectural structures in India. It was built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. When viewed from the western side (Chota Imambara), it is a double-arched entrance, when viewed from the eastern side (Bara Imambara), it resembles a Rajput palace. It is an ideal of Awadh architecture and a journey for history lovers.
Jama Masjid– Situated in the center of the city, Jama Masjid stands perpendicular to 260 pillars supporting 15 arched domes of various heights. This monument is located in the Hussainabad area of Old Lucknow. The central entrance, the Rumi Darwaza, resembles its two arches. It is one of the best mosques in India and therefore a must-visit.
The people of Lucknow are among the most humble, brilliant, and most humble people in India, who are very happy for their guests. A visit to the historical monuments of Lucknow will take you to a completely magnificent, magnificent, and magnificent level. Therefore, a trip to Lucknow is a place where you will get full support of culture, history, and tehzeeb in the atmosphere of the city.
Ambedkar Memorial Park Lucknow
In the Gomti Nagar area of Lucknow, you will find Ambedkar Memorial Park, a public park and memorial, formally named Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samaj Pariwar is known as Prateek Manch and honors the lives of Indian activists including Bhimrao Ambedkar, Narayana Guru, Jyotirao Phule. Kanshi Ram, Birsa Munda, and Shahuji Maharaj, who dedicated their lives to humanity, equality, and social justice.
The 107-acre park has several small sites, including the Sangrahalaya Museum, a bronze-framed gallery, eighteen magnificent elephant statues that guard the entrance to the memorial, and the Ambedkar Stupa, featuring Dr. There is a bronze statue of Bhimrao. Ambedkar in its sanctum sanctorum.
During my visit to Lucknow in February, I discovered this beautiful park with an amazing group of Instagram followers and it is truly a scene not to be missed!
Try Makhan Malai
If you find yourself in Lucknow (or even Delhi, Kanpur, Varanasi, and other parts of Uttar Pradesh) during the winter months, you will be sure to find food vendors serving a delicious cuisine that is thick, Stuffed whipping topped with cream. Almonds and pistachios on the roadside.
This dish called Butter Malai (also called Makhan Malai) is a popular dessert made with milk cream, popular in the coldest months of the year in North India.
This was the first street food I tried in a week after my illness had cured my stomach. It is like yogurt and cream that has been mixed, sits for five hours, and is beaten together until it becomes a fluffy, sweet, milky treat. It is delicious and definitely one of the best things about Lucknow!
Aminabad Market Lucknow (Clothing)
If you want to do some shopping during your time in Lucknow, look no further than Aminabad Market, a large market located in the center of the city which has been a popular business center for traders, artists, craftsmen, and traders. The time of the Nawabs in the 18th century.
The market is famous for its chicken embroidered kurtas and sarees, which are made of chicken wool and feathers. Carpets, bedding, silk and muslin products, jewelry, ornaments, fancy dress, menswear, shoes, and books can also be found in the market.
Non-vegetarian restaurants such as the Tunday Kababi, as well as dessert shops, bakeries, and paan shops can also be found in the market area. You can also get a haircut from a local hairdresser as I did!
Eat at tunday kabab
Any restaurant coming to Lucknow will be remembered for leaving Tunde’s Kebab, a non-vegetarian Awadhi dish that is extremely popular in the city. This dish is made of minced buffalo meat, yogurt, clarified butter with ghee, onions, vinegar, and lime along with 160 spices including ginger, garlic, mint, cardamom, cloves, and garam masala.
One of the best places in the city to try this phenomenal meat dish is Tunde Kababi, a famous restaurant that has been open since 1905, which can be found in the Chowk area in Old Lucknow. This dish is made from very soft and flavored meatballs which are served with parathas, raw onions, and lime wedges.
The texture of the buffalo meat is outstanding and the taste is well balanced. They are some of the best meatballs I have ever had and I highly recommend them to anyone visiting Lucknow!
Eat chicken tandoori in Lucknow
No visit to Lucknow is complete without Tandoori Chicken. This shiny red chicken is arguably one of the most famous Indian dishes and is popular worldwide. According to archaeologist and college professor Vasant Shinde, the origin of the dish dates to around 3000 BCE.
It is prepared from raw, uncooked chicken in curd and tandoori spices. Cayenne pepper, red chili powder, turmeric, and red food coloring are added to the chicken, which gives the dish the signature crimson form. It is baked at high temperature with wood or charcoal in a tandoor oven, which adds a delicious smokey flavor.
The tandoori chicken I tried at Lucknow’s Open Air Restaurant was light in spice, but still bursting with flavor. It was a tender, juicy roasted chicken, topped with a unique spice blend that had my taste buds wild. It is one of the best chicken dishes for me and one of the top things to see and eat in Lucknow.
The Lucknow metropolis is a true feast for the senses. This vibrant, colorful, and unique city, full of history, luxurious food, attractive locations, and new adventures at every turn, is a paradise for any traveler looking for bustling streets. Exploring this city was an experience that I will never forget and I guarantee, you will never forget your time.