INTRODUCTIONLucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh, extends along the banks of the river Gomti.The creator of Lucknow as it is today was Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula.The city became known as a centre for Urdu poetry and courtly diction, and reached its zenith during the reign of Wajid Ali Shah who was a connoisseur of music and poetry.
It was during his reign that the British appropriate Awadh.Today the city id dotted with remnants of its rich historic past.Lucknow is also known for its elaborate cuisine and "Chikankaari" or exquisite shadow work embroidery on fine muslin cloth. This is also popularly referred as "City of Nawabs".
ORIENTATIONLucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India is situated on the northern Gangetic plains of India between 26.50o North and 80.50o East.
HISTORYHistory claims that this is one of the most ancient Hindu states with rich cultural heritage and monuments.Lucknow being the centre of urudu language dates back to the reign of various Mughal rulers like Muhammad Amin Saadat Khan, Abdul Mansur Khan Safdur Jung, Amjad Ali Shah, and Wajid Ali Shah who ruled the state capita for more than hundred years. The original name of Lucknow was Lakhimpur or Lakshmanpur for it was gifted to Lakshmanan brother of Lord Rama after their period of exile from the forest.
FESTIVALLucknow Festival - This is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Lucknow during the months of November - December. This festival is celebrated for a period of ten days and it mainly showcases the culture, heritage, arts and cuisines of the people of this state. The whole city is filled with enthusiasm and joy during the Lucknow festival.
Vrindavan Sharadotsav - This festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it falls in the month of October.Vrindavan Sharadotsav is celebrated in the nearby town of Lucknow named Vrindavan.The temple is fully decorated on this day and people from different parts of the state visit this temple and offer their prayers. Other common festivals celebrated in Luknow include Holi, Diwali and Dussehra.
PLACES OF WORSHIPRamakrishna Math - Though this is not a place of worship it is supposed to be one of the ideal place for seeking peace and serenity. This was built nearly seventy years ago mainly for spiritual activities. The math is adorned with beautiful marble monuments and gardens.
Sankat Mochan Temple - This temple is situated in the heart of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The idol worshipped here is Lord Hanuman. The main feature of this idol is 6.5 ft and is made from a single piece of marble, which is visible from all corners of the puja hall. The temple is also noted for its astounding architecture, a perfect blend of old and new.
Jama MasjidIt is supposed to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the whole of India. The most attractive feature of this mosque is that it is supported by 260 pillars whose height varies at different places which are beautifully carved with aesthetic value.
It also houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed Shah. Its courtyard encloses an area of about 4950 square meters.
Christ Church - This church is dedicated to those who died in the revolt of 1857 and was designed by General Hutchinson. It is situated near Wingfield Park in Lucknow.
Rumi DarwazaThis colossal ornate gateway is said to be a fascimile of one of the gates of Constantinople. It was built by Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784, to create employment during the terrible famine of 1784.
PLACES OF INTEREST
National Botanical Research InstituteThis is located at Sikandarbagh where pitched battles took place during the mutiny of 1857; the institute garden is open to the Public from 6AM to 5PM.
State Museum ZooThis is a favourite spot for recreation; Lucknow museum houses a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia and is situated in Banarasi Bagh within the zoo premises.
Nawabganj Bird SanctuaryThis is situated at a distance of about 45kms away from Lucknow, spread across 4 square kilometers and it attracts lots of migratory birds during winters. Some major local migratory and residential birds are Saras crane, Painted Stork, Peacock, White Ibis, Dabchick, Whistling teal, Open billed stork, Pheasant tailed jacana, Bronze winged Jacana, Purple moorhen, Lapwing, Tern vulture, Pigeon, King crow, Indian roller and Bee eater.
2.Sudhashu Biryani Corner
Apna Bazaar Sadar
4.Meh Man Nawal Restaurant
5.Capoor's Hotel Bar & Restaurant
7.New Avadh Restaurants
SHOPPINGHazrat Gunj - a fashion bazaar
Aminabad - You get everything under one roof here in this bazaar mainly jewelry and pickle shops.
Chowk,old market - Chikankari cloths and antique pieces.
Nakhas,Sunday Market - antique Paandan, Khaasdan,and popular bird market.
Gadbadjhala - exquisite jewellery
Kapoorthala,Janpath - fashion jewellery and textiles.
HIGH RANGE HOTELS1.Hotel Park Awadh
40-A, Vidhan Shabha Marg, Hussainganj, Vidhan Sabha Marg
Guru Gobindsingh Marg
2.Hotel Deep Avadh
3.Hotel Uday Rai
DAV Market, Aishbagh
4.Hotel Meera Mann
I, Station Road, Hussainganj
5. Hotel Gemini Continental
10, Rani Laxmi Bai Marg
Lucknow, UP 226001
BUDGET HOTELS1.Burlington Hotel
5 Vidhan Sabha Marg
3.Hotel Deep Avadh
4.Hotel Charans International
16, Vidhan Sabha Marg, Aminabad
Lalbagh, Lucknow, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001
5.Hotel Mera Mann
I, Station Road, Hussainganj