Places of Interest
Located in what was historically known as the Awadh region, Lucknow has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Persian-loving Shia Nawabs of the city are well known amongst Indians and students of South Asian culture and history. Lucknow is popularly known as the The City of Nawabs. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India.
Today, Lucknow is a vibrant city that is witnessing an economic boom and is among the top ten fastest growing non-major-metropolitan cities of India. It is the second largest city in Uttar Pradesh state. The unique combination of its cultured grace and newly acquired pace is its most promising feature that augurs well for the future.
Places to visit in Lucknow
Built in the year 1794, it is amongst the most famous educational institutions in the world, designed by Frenchman Maj. Gen. Claude Martin.
The grave of Maj. Gen. Claude Martinis in the same institution so as to honour his last wish.
It was initiated by Asaf-ud-Daulah and completed by Sadat Ali Khan in 1800. This group of buildings became the stage for the most dramatic events of the 1857 mutiny-the siege of Lucknow. One can see walls which are scarred by the cannon shots.
Also known as Asifi Imambara, was built in 1784 by Asaf-ud-Daulah. The inner hall is 50 meters long and 15 meters high and is not supported by pillars. An external stairway leads to an upper floor labyrinth known as ‘Bhulbhulya’- it has got 489 identical doorways, a kind of maze, a strategy place by Asaf-ud-Daulah.
Also known as Chotta Imambara, was built by Mohd. Ali Shah in 1837 to serve as his own Mausoleum. The main building of the Imambara, topped by a golden dome contains the tombs of Nawab Ali Shah and his mother and also contains the Nawabs silver covered throne, gold framed mirrors and exquisite chandeliers.
The Rumi Darwaza is an imposing gateway which was built under the patronage of Nawab Asaf-ud-Dowlah in 1784. It is an example of Awadhi architecture. Being an entrance to the city of Lucknow, Russel, the reporter of The New York Times who accompanied the victorious British army in 1858, after India’s First War of Independence, had called the stretch of road from Rumi Darwaza to Chattar Manzil the most beautiful and spectacular cityscape. The Rumi Darwaza stands sixty feet tall.